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Steele's Knowe - up among the turbines

Steele's Knowe - up among the turbines

Postby Jaywizz » Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:49 am

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Steele's Knowe

Date walked: 19/04/2013

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 8.5 km

Ascent: 279m

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A beautiful day - so another snatched local walk. Uneasily, with my car sticker (more later) I parked the car beside the gate to the wind farm. Plenty of space to park well to the side, although obviously no construction traffic uses this track now.
Particularly unattractive (as many/most/all?) new tracks are, although this one occasionally brightened by yellow coltsfoot in flower, struggling through the gravel. However the track does give easy access up on to the Ochils.
There was virtually no wind, only 3 turbines turning as I approached, although the rest joined in later. My thoughts wandered, and I began to muse on a 'turbine symphony' - this one had a low whistle, that one a regular thump, and another an occasional rumble. The track leads though the turbines - and all pleasant thoughts were soon replaced by feelings of nausea when the shadows from turning blades crossed the track ahead of me. This was quite unexpected - and I couldn't leave the turbines fast enough!
The trig point rises from rough grassland, with the calls of skylarks and meadow pipits.
I couldn't face walking back through the turbines so walked across Green Knowes then south east, dropping in to the steep-sided valley of Eastplace Burn, finally skirting the conifers behind Glendevon Castle to return to the car.
And no - I won't be removing the sticker from my back windscreen.
Car sticker.jpg
Yes, this is my car!
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