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ERDGT: Lumberjack Camp
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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.
Half a mile South of Ballater on opposite side of the River Dee, takes you to a mixed conifer forest. The wood is named after the Pannanich Wells, a spring whose waters were famed for their healing qualities. Ballater grew up to serve the needs of the tourists who flocked to this 'Lourdes of the North'.
A lumber camp was established at Dalmochie in World War II. Such was the need for timber in 1940 forestry might well (should?) have been a reserved occupation. Instead, skilled local men went into the Forces and lumberjacks from Newfoundland, then a Crown Province, were recruited. The Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit, the Second World War version of the Canadian Forestry Battalion which had provided much needed manpower to Scotland during the Great War, had 3,500 men. 200 of them worked in Pannanich Wood.
The Newfoundland lumberjacks built cabins of rough hewn logs in a clearing at Dalmochie. The huts were then draught proofed using moss gathered from the forest, which was stuffed tightly between the logs. These huts provided a warm and dry shelter for the lumberjacks, protecting them from the bitter weather.
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