Route time approx: 4 hours.
Total ascent: 498m
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I’ve never been up Glen Moy before, not even for a drive, so this walk is a real adventure (for me at least!).
There is a little rough parking area at the end of they road (for authorised vehicles anyhow) that can hold 3 cars and one in front. On my return there were a another 2 cars parked at road sides that looked quite safe and not inconsiderate for landowners.
Route time approx: 4 hours.
Total ascent: 498m
Having walked Long Goat and Cat Law many times over the years then back to the car by the same route, I have never felt up to tackling the slightly longer circular walk that takes in the Crandard, then dropping to the glen and following a track that end on the main road opposite the ‘Muir of Pearsie’. I was up to the challenge this time though.
From Cat Law there is no direct path that allows you to pick up the track that runs South of Cat Law leading to the Crandard and is is necessary to take a direct bearing and walk through the grass/heather.
The drop from the Crandard is quite relentless, but once back to the glen it is easy going all the way back to the car.
I noted some times along the way….
- Started at 9.10.
- At the top of Cat Law for 10.45.
- Left Cat Law at 11.10.
- Left Crandard at 11.38.
- Back at car for 13.02.
I have wanted to do this hill for quite a while since its name it is part of my surname ‘Spottiswoode’.
I had a bad start parking at the car park next to the church. It’s not very big and two other cars arrived, and had a feeling that some numpty would blob me in and I ended up moving the car to a stony verge that I had passed 100 yards from the village. Also, I got myself flustered as I could not find my windproof in the bag, put my boots on, forgetting to put on my walking socks, the socks I’d found were pulling on my little toe, so boots were on/off twice. With o windproof and it was cold, I put on the red 200gms fleece I came with.
Eventually, bag was on and car was locked so off I went. Just after car park the sign-posted path to Ministers Rd took me past a little house that led to a gate. Bag off to make sure tis was right route!
Once through gate, I was on my way. Oh, maybe not – I wasn’t lone started along the path when I felt the red fleece was too warm. Bag off, and removed the fleece! Off I went, but not far as I wondered if I’d left my black beanie lying – I’d swapped it for the sun cap as the sun was quite bright and it was getting warm. Of with the bag and I had a look for the beanie – no sign off it! I decided to back-track and look for the beanie.
I got to the spot where I had stopped and there was no beanie, so I was back in the bag looking for it once again – this time I found the beanie AND the missing windproof – it was in the hidden side pocket.
Now I was happy and ready to hit the trail (in fact I was in minds of turning back and heading home!).
I had just over 2.5km to walk along the Ministers Path. It it led me to a gate and an amazing view of Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral corries. Just through the gate I turn right to following the fence, then about 10m at 90 degrees to the fence I managed to pick up on the path that led to Knackly.
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.
The first walk in a while due to more important things to do at weekends and back pain in-between times. Weather was cloudy at first but really warm.
Iain was offered to come along but he had been working until early morning, so it was just me and Jas.
1st hill was Auchterhouse Hill where we met three mountain bikers. On leaving we met a woman walking her brown Cocker Spaniel. She had only had him 4.5 months and this was his 1st hill. Onward to Balluderon Hill where there three young lads accompanied by a man and woman who were given them instruction. Can only thin that they were doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. My left foot started playing up on the way to the top of this hill just decided to give Craigowl hill a miss.
I took the long path East down and my foot was OK, so would have been OK to do Craigowl!