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Angus, we loved you

Angus, we loved you


Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:39 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Craigowl Hill, Turin Hill

Date walked: 19/06/2022

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 485m

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Yes we did, especially as this was my first 'hill day' for 3 weeks after a trial lay off.
The original plan was to head west and pick off a couple of Marilyns near Ben Lomond but after reading reports the thought of heather and boggy ground was not very appealing. So plan B it was, George was unavailable so it was just me & Parminder. I suggested we tackle Turin first as it was a tiny hill in the grand scheme of things.


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Parking from the north is a major problem, I managed to squeeze the car in at the junction, neither road is busy so it wasn't a problem

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The way ahead, good track to start

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More good track ahead

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The end of the track, we now have 5 different gates to negotiate - making sure we left them exactly as we found them

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We would be turning left and heading uphill soon

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Off piste now, we headed for another gate, the double barbed wire fence was not appealing

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Looking back, we kept as close to the fence as we could, trying not to scare the nearby sheep

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Interesting double locking gate, there were 2 of them

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The way ahead uphill, not far now

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Looking east from just below the summit

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The large cairn on the summit of Turin Hill

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Parminder posing as usual

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Cairn explanation

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Parminder in his element, 2 trigs in one day

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Rescobie Loch south of the summit

After a short drive (about 15 miles) through Forfar (first visit) and we headed off to the car park for Craigowl Hill. I won't do a route as we followed the WH

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Large car park mainly for the dog walking brigade for Craigowl Hill

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The way ahead

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The blurb at the car park

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The green way ahead

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Path ascending now

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Single file now unless you want to mingle with the gorse

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Looking south towards the Tay

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Quite a few folk dotted about

We had a brief chat whilst ascending as to whether we should tackle Auchterhouse Hill first as a wee bonus and we agreed we would. We definitely made the correct decision as that was the best hill of the day, smallish summit with superb views.

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A bit higher now, Tay very evident

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Looking east to what would be our way to Craigowl

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Looking across to Craigowl Hill, a few undulations on the cards

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Auchterhouse Hill surrounded by some lovely trees

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Plenty of heather around

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Looking SE

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Great path all the way up - this was one of the few days we didn't have our gaiters on

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Kirkton of Auchterhouse - some rather nice houses

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Camera photo of the houses - zoomed

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Another zoomed shot

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The Tay

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Craigowl Hill, not that far

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We are heading down to the wee wooden gate then uphill again

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Looking SE towards Tentsmuir Forest and onto St Andrews

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Another descent before the final ascent

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A very lonely tree

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Looking back

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Auchterhouse Hill and it protective trees

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Masts and all the technical paraphernalia

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Got to have a few turbines in a photo

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Bonny Dundee

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For anyone who is a lover of technology and masts

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SE again and the wide Tay Estuary

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Parminder preparing the trig for his obligatory photo

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Some major huts surrounded by a large fence

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Rather than head back along the path we opted to go off piste and cut the corner, heading for the forest

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Just when we were thinking we had made a bit of a fopar, a path appeared

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And then a gate that would take us onto the main path back to the car park

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Freshly mown path

I really enjoyed both hills, Turin I was a bit apprehensive as I am always uncomfortable about walking across farmers land. Having said that when you look at other possible approaches to the summit, it is impossible to avoid crossing farming land.
Craigowl Hill as I said earlier is mainly used by dog walkers and has plenty of paths in the forest going in all different directions.
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