Clare Balding climbs Mither Tap, part of Bennachie, a range of hills east of Aberdeen
12 December 2008
Clare Balding is walking Bennachie in the company of staff and students from Aberdeen University’s Anthropology department.
Clare Balding is up in Scotland for this week’s Ramblings, walking up Bennachie, in the company of a group of anthropologists.
Bennachie is a range of hills in Aberdeenshire. Joined by local Ranger, Fiona Banks, Clare and the group of Anthropologists climb the most prominent peak, Mither Tap.
With their group of students, Anthropologists, Tim Ingold and Jo Vergunst are considering the importance of landscape to our lives, by hiking through an area that’s regarded as ‘home’ for millions of people all over the world.
Amongst the sites the group visit are a Croft, a fog house built purely for picnics and a non vitrified fort. Clare hears stories of broken hearts and is rewarded with stunning views of Aberdeenshire at the peak of Mither Tap.
Map: OS Landranger 38 Aberdeen Inverurie and Pitmedden. Start: 295695, at the Bennachie Visitors Centre Distance: 7 km Terrain: foot paths, hill walking Suitable for: The climb can be steep in places and you will need to scramble to the top of the hill.
Route: A circular walk. Go up through the wood to Mither Tap which is on the Maiden Causeway. Along the plateau of Bennachie. Down hill to Watch Craig along the footpath skirting Bennachie Forest, back to the visitors centre.