ERDGT: Old Pines Trail 3 - Scots Pine
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Welcome to the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour with the chance to earn a trackable geocoin by finding 20 special caches hidden among dozens of caches in mini-trails around castles and lochs, in forests and glens, and along the Deeside Way. To be eligible for one of the gold or silver geocoins you must collect a codeword from each cache, and earn bonus points. Full details are on the GeoTour Passport, which you can download here. The Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour stretches from Drumoak in the east to Braemar in the west. An area steeped in history with spectacular scenery, threaded by the River Dee.
The Old Pines Trail takes you to the heart of Glen Tanar's magnificent forest and you are never far from the sparkling Water of Tanar. The path consists of a mixture of grass surfaces and crushed stone. The route is waymarked - follow the Pine Cone symbol on the waymarkers.
Please take note of any warning and information signs that the Ranger Service and the Estate have displayed.
The recommended starting point is from the Glen Tanar Visitor Centre. There is a 'pay and display' car park clearly signposted. These caches have been placed by agreement with Glen Tanar.
There is extensive forest in Glen Tanar and as you walk along this track you will see widespread areas of Scots Pine On Monday 14th June 1920 there was major forest fire which swept through Glen Tanar and burnt until 24th June destroying some 2,000 acres of trees. Winter storms have also caused much damage, especially on 31st January 1953, when many trees were blown down. The timber was still available to harvest, but took months to extract.
When I was placing this cache I heard a woodpecker busy tapping away in a nearby tree.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum