The weather today was superb, I was looking forward to the day immensely. I'd been in Glen's Clova and Doll before, but none of the hill tracks other than a couple of 100m. Looking at the stats above I find them hard to believe...the day felt so easy.
|This was such a great wildcamp I have no hesitation in putting it up again.
Here I'm almost all packed, I was walking just after 7am, keen to get a few miles in before it got really warm.
|It was lovely and cool under the trees as I walked down Glen Doll, the early light streaming in thro' the trees.
|I stopped at the carpark/picnic area at Acharn, used the loo and had a second breakfast.
|The road down to Clova passed soon enough, then the good path took me up above the Glen.
|Loch Brandy....and isn't it just magnificent? Another tick on my list of Challenge objectives!
|A short pull up from Loch Brandy brings you to Green Hill, and an excellent view to the Lochnager group.
I'd left it open in my own mind as to wether I would climb Ben Tirran, the weather was so good it would have been rude not to!
|I had this beast for company as I made my way over to Tirran...what an abomination :-(
|The summit of Ben Tirran, a Corbett. I don't actively collect Corbetts but this was too easy to miss.
|The first glimpse of Loch Lee, there were a few drops of rain here...nothing to speak of really though.
|Looking back to Inchgrundle and the hills I'd just crossed. I had the realization that this was the last of the proper hill country for me on this Challenge.
|I've never been in Glen Esk, and was pleasantly surprised. This section from Loch Lee to the start of the tarmac at Invermark was very nice.
|The Tower of Invermark Castle..a Challenge blog of this valley wouldn't be complete without a photo!
|I left the tarmac to pass by Westbank on the well worn Challenger route.
The view from here down Glen Esk particularly grand.
|And so to Tarfside...lots of space here for folk to spread out.
Another great day on the Challenge, although it was the last of the hills.