walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Steele's Knowe - Walking Through a Windfarm

Steele's Knowe - Walking Through a Windfarm


Postby Gordie12 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:38 pm

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

Date walked: 04/07/2013

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 8.3 km

Ascent: 298m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

I read The Rodmiester's report on this hill from a couple of months ago and added it to my list of "after work" hills that I wanted to do on my early finish thursday's.

Left Perth on a beautiful summer's afternoon, warm with a slight breeze..............perfect!! 40 minutes later arrived at the parking area for this walk (Between the Glendevon Church and the parking area for Glen Sherup) only to be greeted with a strong wind and the hint of rain.

The wind turbines would be working hard today so decided to block out the sound by sticking the MP3 on and listening to an audiobook. My choice? The Long Walk by Stephen King, a story about 100 competitors who start out on the long walk. Rule 1, competitors must never fall below 4mph, each competitor is allowed 3 warnings but should they fall below 4mph for a fourth time the sound of gunfire can be heard and there is one less competitor left standing :shock: :shock:

Needless to say for the entrance to a wind farm it is big and wide so plenty space to dump the car out of the way. The gate is part open so somebody must still be working on site.

The gradient up to the windfarm is constant but not too steep and with the good wide track it doesn't take long to reach the first turbine. A combination of strong winds and the constant noise from the turbines doing double speed it's quite hard to hear the audiobook at full volume :(

Thinking back to Rod's report I remembered he left the main track at turbine 6 so after a quick check of the plan on a sign I knew basically where I was heading for and by the time I was passing turbine 10 I could see the outline of a summit cairn in the distance.

From turbine 6 it's a short 5-10 minute easy climb through short grass with the odd damp but not boggy bit of ground and the summit is reached. Good views to be had over Auchterarder, to Crieff with Ben Chonzie behind, west towards Comrie (and beyond) and finally down the Strathearn valley towards Perth.

Having spent a few minutes at the top and about to start heading back towards the windfarm I could see the outline of a grassy track heading over between turbines 5 and 6 at the windfarm. Although this was a less direct way back I decided just to use the track which came out at turbine 5 giving me access to the large track through the windfarm allowing me to retrace my steps back to the car.

Unusual walk this, I've skirted a few windfarms when out on the hills but I can't remember ever walking right through the middle of one before. Quite an interesting and eerie experience and as a one-off, quite enjoyed it. Trouble is it kept reminding me that a local estate has applied for planning permission to erect one 77 metre turbine in woods about 400 yards from our house. Their plan is to clear fell a wood which is about three quarters of a mile long and 3-400 yards wide for the sake of one turbine with 100% of the power going in to the grid so all for profit :( So a wood that looks as though it has been around for probably hundreds of years will be consigned to history for the sake of some faceless estate trying to make a quick buck..............I'm digressing.......(my objections for what it's worth have been noted by Angus Council) :( :( :(

Walk completed in under an hour and a half, maybe the audiobook was an incentive to me to keep the pace high.

Some pics....................

Pic 1.jpg
Approaching the windfarm


Pic 2 - resized 2.jpg
Looking back towards The Ochils


Pic 3 - resized 2.jpg
Getting closer


Pic 4.jpg
Plan of windfarm


Pic 5 - resized 2.jpg
Looking back towards The Ochils (again)


Pic 6 - resized 2.jpg
More turbines


Pic 7.jpg
And more.......


Pic 8 - resized 2.jpg
And even more
:?

Pic 9 Sheep - resized 2.jpg
Wind turbine acting as a wind break!


Pic 10 Summit - resized 2.jpg
Looking towards Crieff from the summit


Pic 11 - resized 2.jpg
Summit looking towards, yip, the windfarm


Pic 12.jpg
Last one (promise!)


Pic 13 - resized 2.jpg
Heading back down the track


Pic 14 - resized 2.jpg
Nearly back at the car


Pic 15.jpg
Car in sight
User avatar
Gordie12
Wanderer
 
Posts: 2165
Munros:114   Corbetts:65
Fionas:30   Donalds:38+0
Sub 2000:35   Hewitts:44
Wainwrights:41   
Joined: Sep 6, 2012
Location: Nr Forfar

Re: Steele's Knowe - Walking Through a Windfarm

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:42 pm

You made it then, and did not forget to take the summit photographs, like someone I know :lol: :lol: Bet you don't go back there in a hurry! Fine for a wee fill in of time, not much else.
User avatar
The Rodmiester
Walker
 
Posts: 3396
Munros:107   Corbetts:196
Fionas:45   Donalds:13
Sub 2000:76   Hewitts:3
Wainwrights:1   Islands:17
Joined: Aug 15, 2012
Location: Newbigging

Re: Steele's Knowe - Walking Through a Windfarm

Postby Gordie12 » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:56 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:You made it then, and did not forget to take the summit photographs, like someone I know :lol: :lol: Bet you don't go back there in a hurry! Fine for a wee fill in of time, not much else.


Yip, tend to agree, not one I'd rush back to but glad I did it.

Lendrick Hill on the other hand I would go back to - great views for very little effort.
User avatar
Gordie12
Wanderer
 
Posts: 2165
Munros:114   Corbetts:65
Fionas:30   Donalds:38+0
Sub 2000:35   Hewitts:44
Wainwrights:41   
Joined: Sep 6, 2012
Location: Nr Forfar

Re: Steele's Knowe - Walking Through a Windfarm

Postby Graeme D » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:54 pm

Gordie12 wrote:The wind turbines would be working hard today so decided to block out the sound by sticking the MP3 on and listening to an audiobook. My choice? The Long Walk by Stephen King, a story about 100 competitors who start out on the long walk. Rule 1, competitors must never fall below 4mph, each competitor is allowed 3 warnings but should they fall below 4mph for a fourth time the sound of gunfire can be heard and there is one less competitor left standing


Sounds like the South Glen Shiel Ridge day from the WH meet of a couple of years ago! :lol:
User avatar
Graeme D
 
Posts: 4014
Munros:251   Corbetts:125
Fionas:76   Donalds:22
Sub 2000:62   Hewitts:36
Wainwrights:28   Islands:6
Joined: Oct 17, 2008
Location: Perth

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).




Can you help support Walkhighlands?


Our forum is free from adverts - your generosity keeps it running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and this community by donating by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: B Revell, battie72, Eric K and 30 guests