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Hill of Wirren: Edzell Approach
by Gable Gable End » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:04 pm
Grahams included on this walk: Hill of Wirren
Date walked: 21/08/2011
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 15 km
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There are many different routes up this; I had done a reccy on the MIlden Lodge and Glen Lethnot approaches previously but chose to go from the back of Edzell to save on fuel costs.
It was a nice Sunny day and I parked up beside the farm entrance track to Cowiehill farm and headed off up the track.
When you reach the cottage; head out the back but head directly up alongside the trees as opposed to along the "track" and fencepost as you end up in marshy cow pat territory...
I crossed the stream at the farm fence and continued on the landrover track up towards the Hill of Corthathro; or so I thought. I stupidly went along the wrong landrover track and ended up striking heather up the hill. My tip is to stay on the most visible landrover track and don't deviate
From Cotharthro; you enjoy great views in all directions over the Montrose, Glen Esk, Glen Lethnot and some of Glen Clova. There is a clear landrover track all of the way to East Wirren with the option to go direct to the summit about halfway up East Wirren. . Good views.
Here I reached the summit of East Wirren and enjoyed a banana and soaking in the views; just a few days ago I was sitting in the Sinai Desert in Egypt; the heather clad Angus Glens (and temperature!) were quite a different kettle of fish.
There doesn't appear to be any clear route to the Hill of Wirren Summit other than through a load of Peat Hag; as such I decided to descend across the Grassy Moorland and join the track which runs parrallel with Hill of Wirren and acess from the Mount Battock side. The Hill of Wirren itself is a large boggy plain full of peat hag and fence (both electric and standard); East Wirren is def the highlight of the two! . The Sumit does have a good view of Mount Battock and Clachnaben....
I headed back through the peat hags and back the way I came stopping of for a few photos along the way.
Good to get back out on the hills again and it's nice to know that I have the gems of Angus literally 15 mins from the house!
by gammy leg walker » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:11 pm
by Graeme D » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:46 pm
Is that last pic Cairn o' mount? If so i know it well as we drive over it when going to visit the family in Aberdeen. We sometimes stop there for a coffee, the views are tremendous
by Gable Gable End » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:18 pm
Morag; last pic has Strathfinella Hill in the corner which ajoins Cairn O Mount. COM is just out of the shot. Great views for little effort round these parts
by Beckie » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:18 pm
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