Clachnaben trail hill run
The Clachnaben trail hill run route is a trail and dirt road run within North & Grampian. The loop covers a distance of 15.72 Kms ( 9.77 miles )
and has an elevation gain of 637 m ( 2089 feet )
Clachnaben is the dominant hill in the area and can be seen from all around the Aberdeenshire countryside. The route is almost
16 Kmslong and involves a fair bit of climb in the first section. However, it is worth it.
The route starts off on the trail from the car park through some nice trees before popping out into more open space and onto a dirt road. Dirt roads make up the most of this route and are used by the gaming community so beware of the shooting season.
After less than
2 Kmsyou will see the hill in the distance. At around the
2 Kmsmark you start the main climb of the route and this goes on for over
2.5 Kms. This is not easy but apart from some sections in the small wood the trail is really good quality. Out last run up here was in October where flies and midges were a bit on an issue on the way up. Just need to run faster I expect.
The top of the hill is made of large rocks. This is called a granite tor and once climbed up offers some lovely views all around the area. Take your time here and enjoy it, especially if you get it to yourself. It's not the highest point though, that's just along the path.
For this route we went the loop back to the car park, but you can of course just retrace your steps from this point. That would give you about
9.6 Kmsof a run. The route back is all on well-made dirt roads apart from the final section through the woods to the car park. The scenery is not dramatic, but it is nice and for us it was getting late in the autumn evening sunshine so was very nice.
We've not been back here for almost two years, but it's on our repeat list when the chance comes up. We are thinking early morning though, when the flies are still asleep.
Leave the car park taking the clear path into the forest
Join the dirt road from the path
The path to Clachnaben heads off to the left
Keep on the main path
Into the trees
Path heads left now and starts to climb up
And onto the top for a rest and to take in the views
We need head on the dirt road heading west
Take the first dirt road on the left
Key an eye out for hares on this return route
At the junction turn left
And now for some downhill
You now have the Brocky Burn on your right
Turn left at the junction beside the wee house
At the fork keep left
Keep on the main dirt road
You are now retracing your steps back to the car park
Back into the woods
And back to the car park
Forest trail out of the car park
Glen Dye car park
Clachnaben in sight
Some flat running before the hill starts
Flies and midges at the wrong time of year
Looking back down the hill through the heather
Rain coming closer
Dark clouds coming our way
Rain in the distance
Looking back towards the summit
Start of return loop
Views towards Cairn O Mount
Start of return loop
One of the locals
The long road home
The dirt roads are good quality