Name:Ladylea Hill
Hill number:1497
Height:609.1m / 1998ft
SMC/RHB Section:21A: Tomintoul to Banff
Topographical area:HE05 Rinnes-cullen
Catchment:Don (Aberdeen)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NJ 34303 16793
Summit feature:ground by cairn
Col:408.4m  NJ 3360 1737  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 37
(1:25k) OL62W 420W
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica RX1250/Leica GS15
Surveys of Corwharn and Ladylea Hill.pdf
Comments:Deleted from Grahams in Nov 2014 and restored in Nov 2022.
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Parked at Corriemore entrance. South east on the track to the hairpin, then along the forest glade to the fence. Over the fence then up the steep ATV track to close to the summit, then easily to the top.Owen B23/04/2024
Ladylea Hill from parking area to the west near Corriemore.JasonStark30/03/2024
1 of 5: Parked 1/3 mile south of Invernettie Farm. To the farm and track up to a small hut. Continued to the top where we had a chat with a SOTA operator and his wife. With Karen.ChrisR29/01/2024
Parked opposite track to Invernettie (NJ 3419 1529). Mixture of mapped and unmapped tracks to summit cairn. On to Clashenteple Hill, Mid Hill and Hill of Cummerton and return for a 10.6k round.jonglew23/11/2023
Large parking area across the road from Invernettie. Good tracks to summit. Solo.Dangerous Dave02/10/2023
From Clashentemple on good mown heather strip.cjo30/09/2023
Up substantial forestry track to the NW then on a lesser track which follows the ridge to the N. On to Clashenteple Hill on a track.sclater13/09/2023
Up via the firebreak and gate and a more direct route straight down to the road a few minutes south of the car.Bit of windblow to negotiate so probably not much quicker.ARM03/03/2023
From old quarry, round hairpin bend then up the charted track on the right to deer fence (able to duck through damaged fence to right or left). Up direct to summit, picking up ridge path from N. Onto summit, a good wander around, good views.CJM14/02/2023
Parked NJ 3360 1762. Track to NJ 3405 1800. Track up firebreak to gate with stile at NJ 34167 17682. Then track followed across moor which has been planted with native pine trees before breaking off in direction of summit across short clipped heather.PeteF16/10/2022
Good parking NJ 3360 1761. Mapped track to hairpin bend. Ahead (S) on grassy break (NJ 3372 1739). At NJ 3375 1729 ahead (SSE) along fence line to hole in fence at NJ 33722 17159. Up stony track (E) turning S up very rough, deep, stony, eroded channel at NJ 3380 1716. This unmapped track passes very close to summit, where left over short heather to top and cairncarole engel13/10/2022
Parked at quarry nw of hill, busy logging forest track can be missed by direct uphill on track marked on 1to 25000 map, a bit overgrown but passableBLACKHILL22/09/2022
From disused quarry at NJ335176, headed SE on forest road to the first big bend, continued S through a forest ride to the fence, then followed that E up on to the moor (climbing the deer fence at a corner), and a track that curved round S towards the summit, and a thin track direct to the cairn, return the same way (1h)kdbennett11/03/2022
Followed forest road and moorland tracks from road end at 336176. Sunny day but very windy. Continued to Clashenteple Hill along edge of forest (fairly easy going on a rough track) and then descended to Invernettie to return to start along road.rjf3501/01/2022
Up from the old quarry with three under nines, (Anna, Cami and Tomi). All enjoyed the hill. Up in about an hour with fine views and interesting mushrooms etc in the forest.ragudave05/09/2021
A revisit, now that it's one of my local hills, using the dead easy route from the quarry as per my last log. Happy to see that the heather and lichen is beginning to recolonise the forestry trenches at the top of the hill and that the trees are beginning to grow. Maybe it will look lovely in a few years?Gill217/12/2020
6.50pm and the final of 7 hills after work after a tough cross country linking run - magical to be in such a lovely quiet spot with hills all around after a day working locally - which is why we moved N from Sussex a year ago. Quick run down track to road back to car and then to Ballater cottage to join L, T & D for a late supper.Chris Pearson07/09/2020
walked into mist on tooatcake16/08/2020
Parked up a in a large hard-standing area about about 350m south of Tornagawn and took a track in the forest which eventually got us to Mid Hill. Next along the same track to Hill of Cummerton, before returning back to Mid Hill and following a further track all the way to Clashenteple Hill. We then parallel the deer fence NW to just shy of Ladylea Hill summit - quite hard going in snow and heather, but helped by an ATV track some of the way. Returned via a path cut through the new plantation to Invernettie, then back along the road to the car. Nice round trip given the high winds and snow.summitter23/02/2020
Bit damp and misty today but a quite memorable day for reaching Demi-Dodd status earlier on Breagach Hill.Alex C26/12/2019
Parked just up from Torrancroy farm. Up new forestry to serious deer fence. Followed NNE to corner and then up to summit. Rain, wind, mist, no view.MichaelF22/05/2019
Out & back from Clashenteple Hill. Note: Stile for deer fence @ NJ3486916786 (the only one I saw between the tops)Smudge25/12/2018
10 mile run/walk loop of Ladylea, Clashenteple, Ben Newe. Back on the roads.nix_snilloc14/07/2018
Followed Gill route up good views visited with big JNozzer05/06/2018
Wall to wall sunshine. With Nozzer.BigJ05/06/2018
An easy stroll from the quarry, following the logging road, and then turning right onto a clear mossy track at a massive turning area at a bend in the road. This goes to a gate and a stile onto the moor. The owners have had a grant from the EU to plant native trees, but instead of planting them properly (by hand), they have used a machine to dig forestry trenches all over the hill. This is utter vandalism. They've made massive channels in the fragile tundra, and these will take enormous amounts of water...erosion, flooding...But the views from the top are still five star, and it's a very good hill, despite the damage.Gill08/09/2017
Forest track at NJ 33842 17681 is overgrown but passable and ends at deer fence. Better to go on to NJ 34052 17974 where track goes up to gate in fence at NJ 34172 17675 and then continues to close to summit.Lionel Bidwell15/08/2017
Ladylea Hill (NJ 343168) S/F NJ 335176 Good parking space by start of marked path. However path not obvious so used good forestry road to gain height. Found a good break in forrest at about 340180 leading directly up ridge to edge of forrest. Easy ascent to sumit, return by same route. Cold with lying snow in places, good visibility, light winds.John Young01/04/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac15/11/2016
Parked at the quarry at 335176. The return was just over an hour but although the path through the forest starting at 338177 is quite good the tree branches have taken over. There is a man made gap in the deer fence as you emerge the forest. Solo.bolton09/02/2016
1 of 3: From near Invernettie Farm.ChrisR02/10/2015
There is some debate over whether this is a Graham; I learned this the day before I did it but climbed it anyway. Nice views.IanHHill11/06/2015
self (was a Graham)davidsbatty25/05/2015
Was a Graham when doneduchally25/10/2014
From old quarry at 336176. The hill is now planted and protected by a high fence with rabbit netting. Simplest to follow heavy duty track to 338177 and turn right towards a gate and stile. Direct shortcuts are possible, including continuing south instead of round hairpin bend. I tried this, climbed the fence at a corner, concluded that it was not worth the time saved and returned via the gate, tracks and a narrow tree break.Topographer5705/10/2014
2nd graham today, up north on 3 day graham bagging trip.robertphillips04/07/2014
W Jenx from car park described by Martin. When following track go further than the old ride encountered (overgrown) as we did. Lead to top but deer fence to cross. Nice new mixed woodland plantings. Came back through gate and minor track to large cleared space on main track.nordicstar02/06/2014
Solo tripInvicta1418/04/2014
From NJ 33586 17600 followed obvious forest road to junction and then up an older track to gate and across moor (but soon to be planted with trees by the look of things). Obvious top. Couldn't be bothered to go for nearby Hump but looked an easy enough yomp over the moor.Martin R26/11/2012
Solo. In my graham bookVerySlowPlodder09/03/2011
Followed track and path to ascend by north ridge.JohnW01/05/2010
Easiest hill possible. Walked after Mona Gowan. Parked just beyond Invernettie Farm track end, at passing area opposite Lost Gallery junction. From there simple matter of crossing field, walking uphill past shooting butts and up to summit over easy heathealasdaircairns19/02/2009
Solo. From the minor road towards Glen Buchat at a notice board about Glenbuchat Wood North. On a forest road, first south and then north round the north ridge of Ladylea Hill. Followed a lesser track up the ridge, at first through forest and then through open moorland to the summit. Descended more directly down to the road.pwbellarby16/02/2008
Solo HFB19/10/2007
#7 of 24 Marilyns in 24h with Brent Lynam in the driving seatRHW24/02/2007
parked car at the junction before Torrancroy cottages and headed straight up the hill beside some grouse butts, very simple and straightforward but it has good views into the Ladder Hills.torkm13/05/2006