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Norman's Law - a modest hill, with good views.

Norman's Law - a modest hill, with good views.

Postby AlastairStevenson » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:17 am

Route description: Norman's Law, from Luthrie

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Norman's Law

Date walked: 06/06/2011

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 300m

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Norman's Law is a hill of just 285m, in the North of FIFE, overlooking the Tay estuary.
For those close by, it's an easy short walk, with the reward of some really nice views on a bright clear day.
The track followed was taken directly from the walk description and map in WH here:

The start point is the car park at the Community centre in the rather nice little village of Luthrie, off the A92 in North Fife. Passing this cottage as you leave the village:
Looks like it gets plenty of TLC.

This is the track followed (though the return section via Wester Kinsleith isn't fully showing in the GPS viewer):

2011-06-06 Normans Law From Luthrie..gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

The outbound route follows mostly farm track, through lush grass with dairy cattle.
Just a gentle uphill stroll.

Pretty soon the destination comes into view.
Out into open countryside.

Quite a lot of these were seen on the way!
Big black slug country!

The summit comes into view, with a trig point and a plate showing what distant hills can be seen.
The summit of Norman's Law.

Surrounding countryside is grassland and gorse-covered hillocks.

Views to the South

To the West is the Tay, with some familiar hills on the horizon, including Schiehallion.

Looking West over the Tay, with distant hills on the horizon.

North East is the Tay estuary, with Dundee and the road and rail bridges.

Nort East towards Dundee

Could that be me? Must be - there was no-one else around.
Just a self portrait.

Plenty of familiar hills to spot - given a clear day.
Plenty of distant hills to look for.

And where to look for them.

The early part of the return loop is grassy fields, dotted with gorse. Rabbit country.
The early part of the return loop.

The early part of the return loop.

Part of the track, though, is narrow and overgrown, with lots of tall nettles.
Bare legs NOT recommended ...
A narrow path - with waist-high nettles.

And a look back at Norman's Law.
And a look back at where we've been.

The narrow track soon joins an access road - at the end of which is this well kept cottage.
Another conversion - looking well cared for!

And finally - back at Luthrie - the play park next to the Community Centre.
The play park at Luthrie

A nice easy walk for an afternoon when the sun shines.
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Re: Norman's Law - a modest hill, with good views.

Postby malky_c » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:29 am

Good to see some photos from here :) . I've climbed this a couple of times from near Pittachope on the N side - shorter, but less interesting I think. Was quite surprised to be able to spot Ben Macdui from the summit :o
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Re: Norman's Law - a modest hill, with good views.

Postby Phil the Hill » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:57 am

Looks a nice little hill, and your last pic is useful info for someone with a 3 year old son!

But I think you should have made the slight detour from your return loop to visit Whirly Kips. With a name like that, it's got to be bagged :) Sounds like it ought to be in Galloway, where most of the hills have great names.
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Re: Norman's Law - a modest hill, with good views.

Postby Graeme D » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:35 pm

Thank you Alastair for such an informative and careful report. I've been thinking of a driving trip taking in ascents of each of the Sub2K hills of north Fife (I think there's three of them around that particular neck of the woods unless I'm much mistaken). This report will be very useful indeed. Thanks for sharing. :D
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Re: Norman's Law - a modest hill, with good views.

Postby AlastairStevenson » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:12 am

malky_c - yes, it's surprising how many distant hills can be seen on a clear day - Norman's Law is well positioned for that, despite it's limited height.

Phil the hill - yes, there are some quite fun names for the hills and woods in the area. You wonder who Emily was, for example, or even Norman.

Graeme - another place to try is the village of Abernethy, next to which is Castle Law hill, and in the village the unusual round tower, which can be climbed for some nice views.http://www.abernethyvillage.co.uk/

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