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Name:Hill of Fare
Hill number:1519
Height:471m / 1545ft
RHB Section:21B: Fraserburgh to the Dee Valley
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Aberdeen), Catchment Boundaries, Don (Aberdeen)
Watershed:Aberdeen Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,Y)
Grid ref:NJ 67182 02922
Summit feature:cairn on rock
Drop:217m
Col:254m  NJ649056  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 38
(1:25k) 406W
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 151 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Visited with Big J, also pay a visit to the TrigNozzer24/10/2019
Followed the obvious track up from the NW. Was bagging the nearby trig. With Nozzer.BigJ24/10/2019
Parked at the PT 298m CP then track, heath path, track to 100m from summit. Surprised to see 15 people there. My 500th Marilyn!garyhoney06/08/2019
From large parking area, near pt298 on B993, NJ650047. Track SSE, then SE through forest (not marked on 50K map) until peaty path up NW ridge. Where this levels off, do not take the thin path going straight on - this dead ends at a pointless pile of stones and you'll have 500m of heather to flog through. Keep to the track, L, aiming for Tornamean - it will turn R towards the top. Last 100m is over tough heather, a tall small cairn peeps just above the heather. Watch out for the pools of carnivorous green slime - their normal fayre is ewes, but I have seen one with just the hind quarter of a cow sticking out above the slime - so they're not picky about what they take on.Isbjorn27/05/2019
As per Gercurlebd21/04/2019
Not entirely sure if summit reached. Will go back out again when daylight increases and explore area furtherCeltFi10/11/2018
SoloUisdean2501/09/2018
As Coinneach, easy route.Lionel Bidwell20/04/2018
From CP off B993 near point 298 - good track (road) initially SSE through forest, then little path through heather which eventually joins a good track.ger18/04/2018
Parked at car park at Pt 298 and followed forest road to east side of forest then up path to summit cairn. Much easier than expected.Coinneach21/03/2018
From Dunswell. Would have been easier to use the new forest track from the 298m spot height: this leads directly to the east end of the forest and a path through the heather to the summit area. 4th of 6 today: Cairn William, Bennachie, Millstone Hill, Hill of Fare, Benaquhallie, Craiglich.PGCE22/02/2018
From Dunswell. There is now a huge area of hard standing near the start of the track, so I parked there. Clear track at first, but the mapped continuation is gone, so a bit of casting around to find the route, but the woods are lovely and the going is easy. Eventually join an old ATV track (not coinciding with the mapped track), overgrown but OK, to an old gate, then on a path to meet a logging road and turning area. On through a gateless gateway to a peaty path, a right pain today, because covered in ice and hard going. It gets you up the hill though, joining an ATV track going close to the summit, which is reached by a nasty heather bash with hidden tussocks. Not the best of the hills round here, but excellent views, especially in the setting sun.Gill01/01/2018
2 of 4: From B993 CP at 650048ChrisR12/09/2017
Parked in a small space at the beginning of the rough track to Dunswell and then following the track itself on foot. When I reached an area that had been used for gravel extraction I left the track and made my way up the heathery slope until I reached a clear path which I followed all the way to where the small summit Cairn came into view at which point I walked over a path less area to the summit. Good views, particularly Bennachie and the heather which covers this hill was all in flower and looked lovely. Reverse to return.Peterb16/08/2017
Up the tracks from Raemoir Hotel. Very pleasant walk apart from the thunderstorm coming down.Minto03/06/2017
Parked at the entrance to Raemoir at 687993. Room for 3/4 cars. Followed the good track to the summit . Just under 9 miles and 2 hour 50 minutes solo walk. Showers both up and down.bolton03/06/2017
From Raemoir. Tracks up Craigrath then continued on excellent tracks moorland over to summit. Stunning sunny evening.N.Morters06/04/2017
Solo trip from Raemoir. Pleasant enough on the lower slopes, but heavy going on the summit plateau as last night's snowmelt filled all the rutted tracks with water.Invicta1425/02/2017
Climbed from parking area on B993, near Tillenturk with kids on snowy day.mcbboyd29/01/2017
Parked at track end leading to Dunswell. If I repeat, I will use the following route to ascend. Follow track from Dunswell marked on 1:25k map which becomes faint as it enters trees. The track emerges from the trees and then skirts the boundary fence (to the south) of another copse. At this point the track becomes very overgrown. Where the track crosses the copse boundary fence, continue along the fence line. This may involve some bracken bashing for a short distance, after which the going is easier. Continue to a makeshift wooden gate/fence. Climb over the gate and rejoin the track, now heading north east to reach a forestry vehicle turning circle. Turn south east and you will find a path through the heather which ascends the ridge line to the summit (this path is to the north of the one marked on the 1:25k map). At one point the path traverses the ridge, but stick with it and it will soon turn back up the ridge after which the route to the summit is obvious.raffemeister29/09/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac10/08/2016
1/2 with ElizyanneGmacT09/04/2016
1/2 with GmacTelizyanne09/04/2016
Summit is difficult to find, esp in snow.eilidh198306/03/2016
A lot of useful mountain bike tracks from the north. Top was a bit dismal in the mist, but good to finish section 21.jenx23/01/2016
The Dunswell tracks, needs a bit of planning, drivable track through woods... Bit scraggy on top, not the best of Aberdeenshire hills.nordicstar23/01/2016
With AS and IS. From the NW.eks08/11/2015
With AS and ES. From the NW.iks08/11/2015
Up the track from the Raemoir hotel to the south which voted over Craigrath before continuing west and north to near the summit. Then hoofed it across the moorland on frustratingly hard work heather to the Tornamean trig S5602 and even harder with terrain with spongy tussocky deep heather, southward to regain a track.vegibagger19/10/2015
in the dark from dunswell tracks to out of woods then path to the top.robertphillips03/12/2014
Can't remember route taken!AndrewFinnimore11/09/2014
West to East traverse, from Dunswell to Landerberry.Chris Peart22/05/2014
traversed this hill ,up from east and down to Raemoir -Lovely hill superb views and very little heather bashing.Lovely hill. Cairn has lost its top two stonesAlisonFox66 02/03/2013
Out for a walk on my own, bit further than I expected, made a bit tougher with the deep snow. Never mind I made it to the top, found the geocache and got back. A well preserved house in the middle of nowhere below the summit of Craigrath looking in excellent condition. Summit & cache so a good day.LizzieG02/03/2013
From Raemoir House Hotel. With Anne, Jonathan and family but only Jonathan, Samuel and I reached the summit. On track through forest and then open ground to Craigrath. Continued on track west and north to near summit of Hill of Fare. There is a small summit cairn that needs careful location as the summit area is rather flat and the actual summit is not immediately adjacent to the track. Lying snow 15 to 20 cm deep on track. Returned same way.pwbellarby16/02/2013
Started at top of B993 pass to the NW. Track as far as 657036. Thereafter only vague and indistict passes through thick heather. Summit flat, unmarked, poorly defined and defended by heather on all sides. Fine autumn colours in afternoon sun.Topographer5701/11/2011
Track walk from Raemoir via Craigrath.JohnW29/10/2011
Started off from Raemore House Hotel. Good views of Deeside up to Lochnagar.kitwe25/03/2009
Solo. Parked at the start of the track going to Auchmore. I ran along another track going south and then walked SE initially on a track marked on the map and then on one not marked on the map. This is sunken so presumably very old. It is not used and cannot have been for some time as progress is impeded by mature gorse bushes. I moved away on to thick heather also a big impediment to progress. The only alternative ground was boggy. Higher up I joined a path shown on the map NW of Midmar Moss. This is also not used and difficult to follow in places. I reached a line of dilapidated shooting butts leading towards the summit of Hill of Fare. Following these was a little easier, but not much. There is a very small cairn at the summit and little evidence of visitors. I returned to the car by a more direct route going more or less northwards.pwbellarby21/04/2008
climbed onto Meickle Tap from the Echt road and used the good tracks to get to the very indistinct top , fab views over to the Deeside hills and Bennachietorkm31/03/2008
From Netherlands.Eddie21/08/2004
Up through sparse trees on forest edge. Heather to knees in early stages. Uneven ground made going slow and tiring for a long mile. Followed water channel up for 800m. Butts. Cairn in view but this was not the top. On compass over trackless heather to top at 11.10. Forlorn spot.arranc18/06/2004
Soloamswanston01/06/2004
Sunny spells, strong cold wind, good views.iangalbraith26/09/2003
Fell run with Cosmics. Done several times.stever16/09/2003
pleasant wide heathery summit, wide view, dullish approach from W. gateway on B993 @ 643040, tk then fp thru heather to just < summit RHW24/12/2001
Long track with L walk over gradually rising moorland from Reamoir -not the mot inspiring on a grey windy day. But it was the closest marilyn not done to Aberdeen. Christmas at Neil's. In 2016 the Hill of Fare granite mass (pluton) was boreholed to test for geothermal heat energy from the decaying radioactive granite. Although having some heat - the intended customer- nearby Hill of Banchory new housing development needed slightly higher temp water and could get it cheaper from their existing biomass.Chris Pearson26/12/2000
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