Glen Nochty (Strathdon) – Green Hill Circular

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This is a walk of great variety. It is a stroll by a stream; a walk in the woods; a hike up a hill; a hop through the heather and a rural romp. Picturesque panoramas are also a great feature of this walk.

The walk follows alongside the wooded banks of the Water of Nochty. The woods then open out into a more pastoral landscape. After passing a farm, the only sign of habitation on the route, it continues over some undulating fields before passing through a narrow cutting. The track crosses a number of small fords and carries on to more open moorland. Just before a small, picturesque lochan the route starts to rise more steeply. The track is quite well-defined to start with, but deteriorates after the lochan, only to improve again to a much wider forest track for the last section. The grand views over open moorland give way to provide spectacular views over the cultivated land around Strathdon. The descent continues through fields to woodland and forest tracks leading back to the start.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Donside

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Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, River, Wildlife, Woodland
17/02/2015 - Colin Young

There has been a lot of tree felling in the valley leading up to the Lost Gallery so the suggested parking area has no trees near it. I am not sure the comment about keeping to the right hand side of the farmhouse in description 3 is still correct? The fence with the the missing top wire at waymark 12 has now been replaced with one which it would be better not to climb over - as we did!. It is probably simpler to go through the gate at the fishing hut and then head uphill for the track - which can be seen as you approach the lochan.

26/06/2011 - Colin Young

A truly excellent walk - extremely well described and indeed combining a great mix of types of countryside The way is always clear to follow, but do look out for the missing top wire at waymark 12 - and don't breenge on up the track without reading the notes as I nearly did!

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