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Birnam Hill on Valentine's Day in the smirr

Birnam Hill on Valentine's Day in the smirr


Postby Graeme D » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:53 pm

Route description: Birnam Hill, Birnam

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Birnam Hill - King's Seat

Date walked: 14/02/2010

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 300m

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A nice little winter warmer this one, following the Walkhighlands listed route.

We parked in the parking area by Birnam Quarry off the B867 and headed under the railway with Lucy straining at the leash. Onto the muddy path up through the trees and she is off and running. Plenty of mud and water around to keep her happy! :lol:

There is a constant but slight smattering of drizzle to counteract the heat generated by the exertions of the (in places steep) climb. The views soon open up back down into the Tay Valley but they are largely obscured by the clinging mist.

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Soon after the start, climbing above the railway

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Slightly less steep section

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Stare Dam


The mixed woodland soon opens up into open moorland and we start to get into thicker patches of snow.

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Debbie leads the way through the snow

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Section of steps through the crags


Once up the section of wooden steps, the views back down into Strathtay open up further and the summit comes into view ahead.

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The Tay valley still obscured

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Busy summit ahead

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View south-west from summit


From the summit we continue north down the steep path through the trees to pick up the path by the Inchewan Burn, leading onto the road through the houses and down onto the path alongside the railway line and the A9, before emerging onto the forestry track which leads back to the car. We make a brief stop at a craggy outcrop of rock which is a fabulous viewpoint over Birnam and Dunkeld.

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Debbie and Lucy enjoy the view over Birnam and Dunkeld
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Re: Birnam Hill on Valentine's Day in the smirr

Postby munrowalker » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:04 pm

denim,on the hills in winter??????????????????????????????

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But then I looked at what hill you were up and realised its a small one, so I'll shut up instead! :D
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Re: Birnam Hill on Valentine's Day in the smirr

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:08 pm

:lol: You can buy waterproof jeans now, you know - Genius.

It's a nice little hill, that.
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Re: Birnam Hill on Valentine's Day in the smirr

Postby Graeme D » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:37 pm

Paul Webster wrote:It's a nice little hill, that.


It is indeed Paul. It says something about that particular hill and our mentality when setting off for it that neither my wife nor myself even stopped to think that she was wearing jeans! She wouldn't dream of wearing jeans on a "proper hill day". We were just walking the dog, honest guv! :lol:
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