Gallus Running
The Fungle

The Fungle

Length
9.5 Kms
Elevation gain
359.1 m
Max elevation
344 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
****
Type
Loop
Route id
512
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
1 Kms
Dirt road
7 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
2.5 Kms
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Directions to start point
At just under
10 Kms
the Fungle run is one of the shorter routes but one of our favourites. Although we call this the Fungle you are only on the Fungle path proper for part of the route. The Highland Games in Aboyne includes this route, but is a little longer as the start and end involve laps around the game's running track on the village green.
There is a short section of country road from the start until you get to the hill and of course the same when you return. The start is on Charleston road which runs along the river Dee. As you cross the bridge you will see Craigendinnie hill up to your right and the loop round that is where you heading. Once across the bridge a short section on the south Deeside road leads you to the signposted start of the Fungle path. The path takes you up a short slippy incline before reaching a single track tarred road for a short section. Once out of the trees the hill appears.
The route takes you over a small wooden bridge and from this point you are on the Fungle proper and into the trees. The path is narrow in parts initially but soon opens up into a Landrover style path and a rather steep part. At just under
2 Kms
you head over the style on your right and hit the open section of the uphill on Craigendinnie. Young trees on your right can block the views across Royal Deeside but when you do get the view it's really nice. At the top of this section you hit a very short flat bit before heading downhill towards the Glen Tanner estate.
At the bottom of the hill you turn left, and yes you guessed it, you head back uphill looping round the back of Craigendinnie. The ups and downs are what make this special. Lots of potential spots of wildlife in this section particularly in early morning. You are very much in the trees now until back to the wooden bridge. At the top of this section a tree stands in what appears to be a roundabout at a tee junction in the paths. You are heading on the path to the left, the one on the right is a return path from one of our longer runs. You are now downhill for a long time. Turn left at the small house, The Guard, which is just under a kilometre from the top of the hill. The section after this through the trees is really enjoyable downhill though take care as trips and slips are a plenty and usually hurt a lot.
You'll pass the style, now on your left, and from there you are going back the way you came. We hope you enjoy this one -we do and used to run this several times a week.
Route directions
Kms
1
Head towards the bridge

0
2
Across the bridge

0.1
3
off the road and up the path marked fungle

0.5
4
Road heads to the right

0.8
5
Follow the new dirt road straight ahead

1
6
Across the foot bridge then left

1.3
7
Starting to get steeper

1.7
8
At the style turn right going over the style

1.9
9
Forward and up over the side of Craigendinnie

2.6
10
Downhill now for a while

2.9
11
At the junction turn left

3.8
12
More uphill

4.7
13
At the top with the tree in the middle of the path, keep straight on

5.9
14
At the house, The Guard, turn left following the Fungle road.

6.5
15
Keep straight on as you return onto the path you came up on.

7.6
16
Across the bridge and back the way you came

8.2
17
Careful going back onto the main road

9
18
Turn left towards the bridge at the tee junction.

9.1
19
Turn right back towards the Boat Inn

9.4
20
And end

9.5
Charleston road
The Fungle.
Fungle path start area
The Fungle.
Fungle path start area
The Fungle. Image from The Fungle
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Views towards Craigendinnie
The Fungle.
Views towards Craigendinnie
The Fungle. Image from The Fungle
Image from The Fungle
Foot bridge to start of the trail
The Fungle.
Foot bridge to start of the trail
The Fungle. Image from The Fungle
Image from The Fungle
Foot bridge to start of the trail
The Fungle. Bridge after repairs carried out
Bridge after repairs carried out
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The Fungle. Image from The Fungle
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The Fungle. Image from The Fungle
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