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Dounault Walk - Rocky Road

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Hidden : 08/19/2009
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2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is set along one of several waymarked forest walks that are accessed from the Glen Doll car park (parking fee £2 per day)

The circular Donault walk is approx 8km/5 miles long and is marked by blue bands on the marker posts. Most of the walk is buggyable along forestry roads but the section on Jocks Road from just before "Rocky Road" to where the forest opens out into the glen is narrower and over rougher ground.

This section of the walk follows Jocks Road or the Tolmounth, one of the old Mounth Roads. The Mounth is a huge area of mountain country south of the Cairngorms. The area stretches from the A9 at the Drumochter pass across almost as far as Stonehaven on the Aberdeenshire coast and south of the Dee. From the car park at Glen Doll, two of the major Mounth roads are accessed. These roads were originally hill roads used by cattle drovers. Capel Mounth leads north to Glen Muick in Royal Deeside and this track, the Tolmounth crosses north-west to Ballater. The Tolmounth or Jocks Road as it is more commonly known would not have seen much traffic due to its inaccesibility for much of the year, however it must have been an important drove road in months it was possible to cross as the markets held at either end were held a few days apart allowing the drovers time to transport the cattle across. The road was also used by cattle thieves and whisky smugglers to move their ill gotten gains

In 1745, some 700 Highlanders took Jocks Road on their way to fight at Culloden.  In the aftermath of the battle, refugees fled to the hills around Jocks Road, particularly the glens of Clova and Esk.

Cache is a 1 litre lock and lock box

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur bar oruvaq gur ovt bar!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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