Upperward Mountaineering Club
Walk Report – Mount Keen
An elite group of 5 walkers risked the poor weather forecast to tackle the most easterly munro in the country; Mount Keen.
The chosen route was from Glen Esk, starting off at the Invermark car park and following the very helpful signs which pointed to Queen’s Well and Mount Keen. Queen’s Well is marked by a granite crown which commemorates the visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1861to drink the “refreshing waters”. We decided not to follow their example and settled for a photo instead.
The path up to Mount Keen was straightforward, zig-zagging onto the moorlands above and we were lucky to have great views back down towards Glen Esk before a shower of rain set in.
We were joined by a group of mountain bikers who made their way up to what used to be the original route of the Mounth Road; we turned right instead towards the summit of Mount Keen. The bikers were more welcome company than some of the local wildlife we came across in the form of an adder on the path further down. Fortunately it ignored us and went on its way.
The weather ran true to the forecast just before the summit, with strong winds and horizontal rain but eased off again for most of the descent, only resuming when we approached the car park.
Mount Keen proved to be a beautiful walk through swathes of purple heather, running water and romantic cottages hidden in the glen – well worth the long drive to Scotland’s most easterly munro.
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Thanks to Linda for the report and Fergus for the photographs.
Walk Report - August 2014
The start of a great day on the hills
Mount Keen here we come!
At the Queen's Well where Victoria once rested.
Well up towards the summit. I wonder whose ears were burning?
A very rare encounter with an adder
Surely David hasn't forgotten his piece again!!
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