Due to my troublesome sprained ankle taking the best part of 5 months to heal, and then Corona Virus Lockdown, this is my 1st walk of the year.
Met a forestry chap at the gate to the forestry and had a nice chat, before cracking on.
Although not a hard walk, I was surprised at my fitness and never struggled at all.
Th boy was quite well behaved, but he was on the lead with 2 bungee extensions, with the lead attached to my rucksack buckle.
A young couple in training shoes got ahead of me just at the forest exit as I had stopped for a coffee, but I over-took them at the hill-top.
The rain threatened twice but never came to anything.
All-in-all, a very got walk to get me started again!!!
Earlier in the week I had fancied going around the walk again, but come the weekend and not a great forecast I was put off.
It was Gails prompting that coaxed me into making the effort to go.
More showers rather than rain, but heavy enough that I had to wear waterproofs, and once on I just left them on.
Wet & windy but nevertheless I still enjoyed the walk and was glad I made the effort.
Had been up here last week in wind and rain and thought it a good idea to keep the fitness up, but half way into the walk, just leaving the main track from the forestry, heading towards the monument I went over my right ankle. Jas’ lead had been tied to my rucksack belt and I guess I couldn’t really see what was ahead for seeing a Collies’ backside & tail! I wasn’t using sticks either.
I lay on the heather for a bit before hobbling along to the monument then on to the car.
I met a nice old couple of keen walkers from Montrose on the path down to the car park.
1st time up the monument in a while, and probably first walk this year! As usual, parked at car park, walked up road to gate, than through forestry to a new track that leads to the hilltop. Took a branch right at the bend in the track along a path of sorts.
Lots of forestry has been removed through the forest and on the open hillsides, but at least this time the dead wood has been removed.
Another outing to the Sidlaws. Saturdays weather was horrendous with mostly very heavy rain and wind in Forfar, but snow elsewhere. The intended walk was to be the Airlie Monument, but saw so much snow behind Forfar when I was leaving to collect Iain that I thought it wise to avoid any snowy roads.
On arrival, the Balkello car park was like sheet ice – the sun was out and probabljy causing the glaze over the snow.
Once we hit the hills, the snow that was lying in the paths/tracks was mostly turning slushy, although some places were harder snow and slippy, and made for very difficult walking.
We only done Auchterhouse Hill & Balluderon Hill then back to the car but all in the snowy walk I feel was more physically challenging than doing all 3 tops in good weather.
Some selfies (since Iain likes them so much)…
And finally some noce photos during the walk…
Date of Ascent: 18/11/18
Parking: Centre For Stewardship car park
Car parking Landranger Grid Ref at: (NO 247 074) KY15 7AF
Car parking Landranger Grid Ref: NO 2472 0747
Car parking OpenStreetMap: 56.25375, -3.21654
Grid Ref: (Bing Maps): NO 24409 06203
Time Taken: 2 hrs 30 mins
1st time to what is a hidden gem at Falkland village. Accompanied by Iain & Jasper (the Border Collie), we parked at the Centre For Stewardship car park.
A very busy car park and a very busy route. We passed a lot of walkers, and stopped numerous times for Iain to a posing photograph, and were overtaking many times.
1st stop was the the dark tunnel,
then a little further on by a bridge, a nice little waterfall with a long fallen tree lying across it.
The highlight of the Maspie Den walk is the 2nd waterfall – Yad Waterfall, that has a path behind and underneath it and very impressive – I would think partly natural, partly man made!
A short climb up hill after this 2nd waterfall the path split, the right split taking most of the crowd back to the car park and the left split heading to the car park between East & West Lomond hills. We took the left split head into the car park. Just before the car park we came out onto the road then decided to take a toilet break at the car park anyhow.
Then on to East Lomond – a nice gradual incline until the base of East Lomond is reached, then it gets a bit more challenging. Room at Marker Point on top of the hill for Iain to get some more photo shots!
From the top, it is a steep descent all the way back to the village. The initial descent is really steep and Iain enjoyed seeing the not-so-clever mountain biker fall-off his bike numerous times!
We arrived back at the car park and Iain wanted to take a look at what looked like an old ruined building a short walk from the car park. We found in fact, not a ruin but a Mausoleum and quite impressive.
A short drive from the car park and we finished off at the Lomond Inn in Falkland for a bar lunch (3.30!). Iain wasn’t to happy as the Steak Pie he fancied from the menu outside wasn’t on as they never got their daily delivery or some reason. He chose the roast beef instead and wasn’t impressed with what looked like roast beef taking from a Tesco packed and covered in gravy.
He was impressed though with the Mars Attack cake that he got a short drive later from Kingsway Farm in Dundee. I was robbed though as the gorgeous looking (dummy) cheesecake had sold out!
All-in-all, a very goo day out though for myself , Iain and Jasper.
1st time up Craigower Hill. With Gail on Jas as we were on holiday at Log Cabin near Killiecrankie. A cold but gorgeous late Autumn day with amazing views at top looking down Loch Tummel with a snow-topped Schiehallion South of the loch.
Walk was approx. 2 hours.
Stopped at Moulin Hotel after for Ploughman’s and a real ale.
Iain back from Glasgow and staying with mum. He asked if I still go hill-walking – not near as much as I would like to I’d replied! We arranged an afternoon walk up the Sidlaws, starting at Auchterhouse Hill, walking over Balkello to Craigowl.
A funny day weatherwise, starting grey then getting dark with the sun starting to poke though the clouds as we were heading back to car. It was windy all through the walk. It Stayed dry though, whihc was the main thing.
After dropping off Craigowl heading to car park, we had to cross a field of cows. Jas was a bit wary, an there was a young calf in the field with a mother looking a bit nervous with us peeps barging through their home, so we took a wide berth.
Some pics of the day taking on Iains iPhone….
Date of Ascent: 27/05/18
Parking: North from Muir of Pearsie. Parking on grass verge (space for 2 cars).
Car parking Landranger Grid Ref at: NO 3545 6189 | 258m
Cat Law Landranger Grid Ref: NO 3191 6106 | 668m (671m?)
Time Taken: 3 hrs 10mins
Only my 2nd hill walk in after a long break and struggled so much, I felt like turning back on reaching Long Goat. After a seat and a Muller Rice felt a bit better and thought I should make the attempt to get to Cat Law. Glad I did as seemed to get a 2nd-wind. Continued to the summit of Cat law and not a soul to be seen.
Returned by route of ascent, and as always the walk from Long Goat to the gate exiting the field felt like a very long way.
Max elevation: 668 m
Min elevation: 252 m
Total climbing: 496 m
Total descent: -496 m
Total time: 03:19:58