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Sponsored Walk 2012

The 2012 Sponsored Walk was again held on the lovely Invercauld Estate near Braemar.  Our thanks go to Simon Blackett and the Estate for their hospitality.

From the starting point in the marquee beside the former estate office, 149 walkers headed NE along the old turnpike towards Knockan.  At the end of the long straight, they then turned north’ish to pass Balnoe en route towards Auchtavan.  More correctly, most folk took this route.  Those with a taste for the tougher life headed to the summit of Carn Moine an Tighearn before making their way over the Monaltrie Moss and down Glen Feardour to the south of Culardoch before joining the main track.

Meantime, the other walkers passed by Auchtavan and made their way up Glen Feardour before co-mingling with the “hard men and women”  on the path which skirted Tom na h-Eilrig and onwards to join the Culardoch track at the bridge over the Allt Cul.

The last stretch of the walk meandered due south before turning south east to circumnavigate Craig Leek and so to the finish marquee where refreshments and cakes courtesy of Sinclairs of Rhynie in Huntly were available to all.

Grateful thanks are due to the following for making the event a success:-

Shell UK - Sigg bottles for all walkers

Craigdon Mountain Sports, Braemar Mountain Sports, Cotswold Outdoor, Hilltrek Aboyne and Nevisport - gifts to be handed out randomly

First Bus - discounted coaches

Town & County Land Rover - for the loan of a Land Rover

Invercauld Estate

AMRT for marshalling the route with good humour

And lastly, thanks to everyone who took part in raising c.£11k for MR funds and made the walk such a success.