Hills: The Bochel (nr Tomintoul), Ben Newe (nr Strathdon), Lord Arthur's Hill (nr Alford)
Date: Friday 16th April 2010
Company: Myself and Beinn
Times: The Bochel - 1Hr 05Mins, Ben Newe - 1Hr 20Mins, Lord Arthur's Hill - 1Hr 30Mins
Dog friendly: Yes
Weather: Perfect

A bit of homework using Multimap and Google Maps and I had a short easy route for the Bochel. On walking the route, I had to amend it slightly to avoid cattle. Instead of taking the direct route North from Bochel Farm, I had to head East and then North past Badievochel.

The Bochel (Hill and Farm):

Corriehabbie Hill behind Badievochel:

Had to climb over one easy fence via this route. Beinn managed to get under it no problem.

Ascent of the Bochel:

We reached the summit cairn 35 minutes after setting off. Despite this being a short easy walk, I was already feeling the heat in what was turning out to be a fantastic hot day.

Beinn at summit cairn:

From the summit, I could see that the higher Cairngorms still have snow.

Cairngorms from the Bochel:

Cairngorms from the Bochel:

View from summit:

We returned to the car via the same route. I then drove over the Lecht to reach the starting point for Ben Newe. There is a car park for this hill that is not obvious from the road.  

Buchaam car park:

Forest code and forest trails:

From the car park we set off along a nice forest track. The birds were singing, a buzzard was crying overhead and woody woodpecker was tap-tapping away.

Grassy track through forest:

I followed the Yellow-marked route which took me to the edge of the forest. I then followed the fence and dyke at the edge of the forest towards the summit.

Looking towards summit of Ben Newe:

Beinn waiting patiently:

Looking back down path at edge of forest:

Where the path changed direction, a short distance below the summit, we took to the heather, and a snow-patch, to get directly to the summit. (Continuing to follow the marked path would also have taken us to the summit. Follow it until reaching a set of wooden steps and then take a narrower path to the summit)

Snowpatch en-route to summit:

Looking back to Meall Beag:

Approaching summit shelter and trig point:

Beinn at summit:

View from summit:

On getting back to the car I drove to the starting point of Lord Arthur's hill (a few miles outside Alford).

For this hill, I had hoped to park at the track beside the lodge. There are however a couple of bollards there I assume to discourage parking. I parked 0.3 miles further along the road in a good wee car park.

Car park:

From the car park, I made my way through a wood towards Littlewood Park. If you want to avoid heading through the wood, walk the 0.3 miles back along the road and go in from the Lodge. Was very surprised at the size of house beyond the small wood. Nice house - maybe Lord Arthur's? 

Large House (Littlewood park):

After passing the large house, it was just a case of following the track all the way to the summit.

Track ascending Lord Arthur’s hill:

Beinn waiting at dry-stane dyke running across hill:

Looking back down track and across to Coiliochbhar hill:

Beinn at Lord Arthur’s cairn:

While standing at the summit cairn I saw someone approaching. Co-incidentally, a friend from my local hillwalking club.

Kevin at summit of Lord Arthur’s hill:

Was good to have some company during the descent. Now off to put some cream on my sunburnt head. Great day!