Walk: Drinking in the views from Ben Newe

Aberdeenshire | Strathdon | Short walk | ★★★

[Lochan on the Burn of Deochry]

Half our battle in ascending this forested hill above Strathdon was 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 nowadays you really need a map.

[View over Glen Buchat from the summit]

đź“Ś Walk: Drinking in the views from Ben Newe ★★★
Start / finish at car park off minor road 1 mi northeast of Bellabeg, G.R.: NJ 374137 ///plays.wordplay.ground. Access track to car park has a high camber unsuitable for vehicles with low ground clearance, and could even cause issues for regular ones.

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 240 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Summits: Ben Newe (565 m, sub-2000')
Terrain: Tracks and paths (rough at times) through forest with some fairly steep sections, especially on descent, and wet for the last stretch.

Route & map

Car park - track junction just south of Eastertown - Ben Newe - Hill of Greenstile - Altdachie Plantation - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Lots of frogspawn in various puddles on the outward track.
Weather: Cloudy but quite warm, although with a gentle breeze.

[Lichen-clad trees - a sign of clean air]

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