Shank Hill to Dog Hillock’s 722m top in Glenmoy (30/04/21)

Brief Description

Plan was to get to Hill of Glansie, but at the bottom of Shank Hill I realised that I had forgotten to put my knee straps on. Last thing I want right now is to flare up my old outside knee pain so I decide not to push to far and walked 90 mins to the 722m top the back down.

Date

30-04-2021

Distance

12km

Time Taken

3hrs

Ascent

534m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

Car Parking

Start Point

Walk Description

Tried out the new Montane Icarus Stretch for 1st time as it was cold and windy and a bit of a winter day even for the end of April. Caught in a slight sleet shower around Shank hill, then a heavier one at Balbui and it was coping great with the wet sleet. As it was so cold at the top I thought I wait for cover to have lunch and stopped on way back at the flattened area with man-made banks all round on Shank Hill, so I got a bit cover from the wind, BUT the snow was quite heavy and decided to put on the new Rab Phantom lightweight waterproof. After lunch I kept the Rab on as it was still quite cold. I had a cold feeling on my back and neck due to the wind, but hot on the front - I wasn't sure if it was the Rab jackets breathability or the direct sunlight that had by this time appeared. The jury is out!

Route Details

OS Map

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Ascent Profile

Shank Hill to Dog Hillock's 722m top in Glenmoy 300421

Wildlife

Notes on Back Pain

Back pain was not bothering me too much on the walk up. If anything it was the pulled muscle at the LHS of my rib cage down that was made worse down the fence that was given jip. BUT, the next day my lower back/SI Joint was really stiff and achy!

Shank Hill, Dog Hillock and Hill of Glansie from Glenmoy (16/04/21)

Brief Description

A straightforward up to top and down again route this time. I was mainly looking for a good ascent and from previous trips to Glenmoy seen that a track went nearly all the way to the top.

Date

16-04-2021

Distance

15km

Time Taken

4:15

Ascent

629m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44:

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

n/a

Car Parking

Car park at head of Glenmoy

Start Point

Track heading North from Car Park - passes Farmhouse & Farm.

Walk Description

Got a marvellous sunny and warming day for April. Felt more like summer than my previous walks up Glenmoy, which were more Winter like. There were 4 cars in car park when I got there, and more arriving as I was getting ready to walk. When I got back to car I counted 14 cars on top of mine! Got talking to a woman at the car before heading off. She was with friends (5 total from the crowd I met later on up hill), who were all in individual cars due to COVID. I started off before them and stopped for a coffee at Rough Craig. They got in front and I overtook them on Balbui after a quick talk about the terrain going round to Manywee, which they were doing. There were few 4 wheeled drive vehicles out and one stopped to thank me for keeping my dog on a lead! At the gate to the 722m top there were 2 vehicles. There was also a large antenna, which seemed to be powered by solar and an unusual wind turbine - cylinder shaped! I walked on to Dog Hillock then to the Trig Point on the Hill of Glansie, stopping for lunch. Return was by way I came. On the way down, mete a lovely chap from Forfar and we talked about the hills, cameras and back pain. He was a good bit overweight but it didn't stop him from hillwalking regularly. Further on I met a lady, may 5-8 years older than me who had left her husband in their small camper in the car park as he had knee problems. She was also going around to Manywee.

Route Details

OS Map

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Ascent Profile

Shank Hill, Rough Craig, Dog Hillock and Hill of Glansie walk - profile 160421

Notes on Back Pain

Back was feeling quite good at outset. Maybe struggling a bit on the ling descent and was using my abs a good bit. Update on 18/04/21: No adverse effects I'd say, but still have the pain to right off centre nagging away each day. This seemed to get worse after my long Glen Lethnot day, dropping off a steep grassy slope. Once I get the pack on and start walking it does ease and go away!

Photo Gallery

A Good Friday walk: Hill of Berran, Dog Hillock, Hill of Glansie & Mount Sned loop in Glen Lethnot (02/04/21).

Brief Description:

A challenging walk for me while trying to build up my back, this being the longest walk with the greatest ascent yet!

Distance:

13km

Ascent:

550m

Car Parking:

Large Car park at the end of Glen Lethnot. It was though getting used for logging.

Start Point:

Car park at the end of Glen Lethnot. Walk over the bridge at Waterhead and follow the track past housing and further along past an old wall. Take the turn to the right heading uphill - note that there is a new track that carries on up the Glen and is not marked on the map.

Description:

I must have done this route before as I remembered the car parking area and the bridge!

Route Details:

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