Week 32 of my walking challenge saw me heading north to the beautiful region of Angus.
I headed off to walk a circuit around Mount Battock, an area that is new to me.
This 25km circular walking route takes the walker up to this most easterly of the Corbetts and provides some excellent views over the rolling hills that surround it.
The weather for my walk was slightly overcast with a spattering of heavy rain every hour or so but this didn’t stop me from getting up a good pace as I followed the well established pathways around the route.
Before I headed off on the walk I wanted to familiarise myself with the area so I could be comfortable with what was in store fro me. Fortunately OS Maps now have a rather nice fly-through feature which allows walkers to get a feeling what what the terrain is going to be like for any plotted route saved on their servers.
Below is a video clip of this fly-through and as you can see it does give you a nice representation of what is ahead.
Mapping Copyright Ordnance Survey 2018.
The walking was excellent and it seemed that I was perhaps the only person walking through the area as there were no one signs or sounds of other people on the trail which was nice after a particularly busy and stressful week at work. I have to admit I could easily cope with more quiet outings like this at the moment as my day job is going through a hectic period.
The paths were in surprisingly good order and I was soon at the trig point and cairn that mark the summit. Even with the heavy rain the paths remained stable and puddle free for the majority of the circuit.
The views North over Angus and beyond into Aberdeenshire were picture perfect despite the now near constant rain and I wish I had packed my camera to snap some of the scenery to which I was treated which at the top.
This area is perfect for wild camping should you wish to split the trip up over a weekend. The rolling moorland provide plenty of natural hollows to protect you from the gusting wind should you decide to pitch up a small tent or crash down in a bivi bag. There are very few opportunities to source water so if you do decide to camp out make sure you bring plenty of water with you.
Walk it with friends
This route is perfect for walking with friends and next time I head up that way I will definitely be inviting some family and friends along so they too can enjoy this rewarding route. Many thanks go out to Andy Carr for sharing this very enjoyable route with me.
You can view and download this route from OS Maps over at https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/2396693/Mount-Battock-Stroll
Week 32 lessons
This past week really opened my eyes to the new fly-through feature on the OS Maps website and I think I will be using it more to help inform my less experienced friends about the terrain we will be covering on our adventures.
Week 33 looks like it is going to be a bit more dull and gloomy in terms of weather and I think I will perhaps head inland and try some of the nice countryside routes shared with Walk Fife by our terrific community.
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Catch up with you again next week.