The wooded area of Cleanhill

Cleanhill, or as it is more commonly known locally, 'The Hill' lies at the south-western end of Aberchirder.  It is a wonderful amenity for local people and visitors alike.  There are entrances both at the end of North Street and at two points on the A97 road which leads to Huntly.  As well as providing a chance to observe nature, the Hill is an ideal place for a healthy walk (with or without a dog!).  There are three circular walks of varying length and steepness, as well as narrower footpaths through parts of the woods.

No matter what time of the year, there is plenty to look at the colours of the trees and shrubs, fungi growing on the ground and on trees, the sunlight dappling through the leaves.  Dont forget to listen and use your sense of smell as well.  On wet days the woods have a peaty smell, quite different from the coconut smell of the broom on a fine spring day or the honeysuckle on a summer evening.  On windy days, listen to the wind rustling the leaves on the trees and on quiet days, enjoy the peaceful woodland setting.

On days when the weather is kind, it is very pleasant to have a picnic in relaxing surroundings - tables are provided at the southern end of the Hill.  Benches are also situated at regular intervals on the paths, many of them offering fine views.

The southwest end of Cleanhill offers the best view of all.  In the foreground lies the A97 road leading to Bridge of Marnoch and Kinnairdy Castle, with Huntly and the Grampian Mountains beyond.  Look for the distinctive flat summit of Tap o Noth.  To the right you can see where the Deveron Valley leads past Old Marnoch Church to Rothiemay.  Further to the right again, the view stretches over the Auchintoul estate and Culvie towards the well-known landmark of Knock Hill which stands dark against the sky.  Sit for a while looking at this panorama (which constantly transforms with changes in the light) and you will feel the better for it!

View through the trees to the south-west


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