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Blairgowrie and District Next Steps




Advanced (Tuesday) Walks 2019


Please ensure you are fully equipped as per our recommendations, particularly during winter season.  All the walks are timed based on normal walking conditions.  Walking times during winter can be significantly longer, so please do not plan anything in the expectation of getting back at the published time.  You should not bring new and untested/unused equipment with you, especially at this time of year.  Practise in the comfort of your home first.  Adjusting and fitting gear on a hill side in a storm is not a good idea and also takes a lot of time.


All winter walks are subject to last minute changes due to the weather.  Please ensure you are fully equipped for any conditions.  The return times are estimates, which can be rather vague in inclement conditions.  If any walk is cancelled early enough the details will appear on the website, usually the home page.  Otherwise a decision will be made at the normal meeting time.


If the grid reference produces an odd location it is entirely possible that the letters are wrong by 100km.  NO instead of NN for example!


May the next step of faith be always in your stride;

May the next leap of faith be always from sure ground;

And as you cross the stepping stones of life may God keep your soul balanced and your feet dry!



Date Location NGR km Asc Dep Rtn LGE
26 March S Glen Sherup NN954032 12.1 502 09:30 17:30 15.9
2 April   Fanny Hill NO006068 10.5 333 09:30 16:30 13.0
15 April   Camping 30         16 April  
23 April           09:30    
27 April   Community Market            
30 April           09:30    
7 May  

Camping 31 Exped

Longest reasonably direct mostly on 'paths' and non tarmac A to B possible in Britain!

CNPA ~100     12 May  
14 May            09:30    
21 May           09:30    
25 May   Community Market            
26 May   Alyth Guild            
28 May            09:30    
30 May Angus Walking Festival
June   Camping 32            
15 June   Alyth Show            
22 June   Community Market            
13 July   Kirrie Show            
27 July   Community Market            
10 August   ALE Festival            
24 August   Community Market            
1 September   Blairgowrie Highland Games            
28 September   Community Market            



19 March   Culteuchar Hill NO096153 10.8 385 09:30 15:30 12.9
12 March   Corwharn NO288649 9.9 359 09:30 15:45 12.4
5 March    Meall na h-Aodainn Moire  NN941623 8.6 515 09:30 16:00 13.6
26 February   Cathelle Houses and White Bents NO309778 10.6 646 09:30 17:30 16.8 
19 February   Sleepy Hillock NO344688 10.3 327 09:30 16:15 12.2
12 February   Cormaud NO305628 12.2 524 09:30 16:30 15.9
5 February   Craigangower NO538754 8.8 599 09:30 17:45 15.5
22 January S Mayar NO240737 12.5 720 09:30 17:45 17.3
15 January Carn Aosda (Baddoch) NO132811





09:30 15:15 10 
8 January   Creag an Eirionnaich NN895620 8.3 (6.2) 484(407) 09:30 15:30 9.3


A limited number of Ice Axes (6.00 per day) and Crampons (7.50 per day) are available for loan.  Your boots must be at least 4 season standard and fairly stiff, with a good tread.  Lightweight fabric 2 or 3 season boots are NOT suitable.  You will be given training in using this equipment. 


The Very Strenuous (V)  walks will be arduous and will include significant steep and rough ground both up as well as down and a high degree of fitness, confidence and commitment will be needed.  The charge per walk for these will be 8 per person, and may vary depending on the distance travelled, subject to agreement.  The charge for the 'normal' Strenuous walks remains at 5 per person.


The cut off point for changing from normal Tuesday strenuous walks to the Very Strenuous is relatively arbitrary and defines a step change in degree of exertion required, the limits are based on overall ascents of over 800m and a 'level ground equivalence' of 25.  Apart from the length, height and more challenging ground what adds to the difficulty is the travel time away from home.  But some Very Strenuous walks are easier than others, please discuss with me before committing yourself.  More information is available on the fitness note which is relevant reading for those aspiring to do the Very Strenuous walks.



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