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A walk into the wildness of the Strathconon Forest

By Julian Paren

A walk with a purpose: to collect six green Geograph squares that had been passed by in the trackless terrain of the Strathconon Forest. Added to that the excitement of crossing two footbridges over the River Meig, one of which had been closed in recent times for being unsafe. A great day out, but the most accessible green square was missed by contouring too early to reach the intended final square. Little life on the hill except a pair of golden plover with all the deer at feeding stations in the valley by the River Meig. Although true rough moorland, there were good views to the higher hills of Strathfarrar, still carrying snow. Athough the terrain was predominantly brown there were pockets of red sphagnum moss. The circular walk was just under nine miles with the most gruelling part escaping to the plateau up the side of the valley by the footbridge. We followed deer tracks. The route took 6.5 hours over the terrain (1.3 mph) but three stops were made for refreshment, and many more for photographs. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .


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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 at 11:41
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