Head of the Don Valley

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Key information: Head of the Don Valley

  • Beautiful and easy walk to the watershed between the Don and Avon valleys.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest12
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 4-4.5hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Head of the Don Valley: © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

From lonely Corgarff castle, built as part of the Highland suppression after the '45 rebellion, the Aberdeenshire Cairngorms' beautiful northern Don valley winds westward  between boggy fields into the rounded heathery hills of the eastern Cairngorms, with old crofts on its flanks for the first few miles. It then disappears into pure heather to reach its watershed with the beautiful Glen Avon, at the point where it turns westward to run into the high grand Cairngorms.

From the low Ruigh Speanan hill to the south, above the spring where the Don commences life, you have a wonderful view along the Avon glen receding into the blueing ridges. It is really extraordinarily pretty.

It is also easy walking, hence it was a trade route for centuries. The first hour is up an estate road past various little steadings to a stream junction. From there, you're on excellent  tracks the whole way. 

4-4.5 hours walking return. Approximately. 

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Head of the Don Valley: © William Mackesy

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Head of the Don Valley: © William Mackesy

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