Walk: Drinking in the views from Ben Newe

[Lochan on the Burn of Deochry]

Half the battle in ascending this forested hill above Strathdon is probably the access track to the parking area. If your car survives in one piece, a pleasantly small but rocky summit rises above the trees. According to myth, one of the hollows in a boulder at the top never empties of water. For life fulfillment, the legend instructs visitors to leave a small object in the well and drink from it, but that doesn't sound particularly hygienic! The summit affords great views over the rolling hills surrounding Strathdon and Glen Buchat, including Glenbuchat Castle, with the high start point and steep gradients making for a quick ascent. The route was probably clearly waymarked at some point in the past, but you really need a map nowadays.

[View over Glen Buchat from the summit]

Name: Walk: Drinking in the views from Ben Newe ★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 240 metres
Main summits: Ben Newe (565 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park off minor road a mile north-east of Bellabeg, G.R.: NJ 374137 / plays wordplay ground

Route: Car park - track junction just south of Eastertown - Ben Newe - Hill of Greenstile - Altdachie Plantation - start
Terrain: Tracks and paths (rough at times) through forest with some fairly steep sections, especially on descent, and wet for the last stretch.
Wildlife today: Lots of frogspawn in various puddles on the outward track.
Weather today: Cloudy but quite warm, although with a gentle breeze.
Anything else? Access track to car park has a high camber unsuitable for vehicles with low ground clearance, and could even cause issues for regular ones.

[Clean air in this part of the Highlands causes the trees to be heavily clad in lichen]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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