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A route not to be copied - Dumglow

A route not to be copied - Dumglow


Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:01 pm

Route description: Lochore circular, nr Lochgelly

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Dumglow

Date walked: 03/03/2014

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 4 km

Ascent: 300m

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Another nice day for venturing out, dry & sunny - the forecast was actually right for a change. I had a very cunning plan which after very careful planning studying previous reports the plan was to head to Dumglow & tackle it the "short & quick way", following in 'Rodmeisters' steps by parking on the unclassified road a couple of miles on from Cleish.

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The careful planning was working a treat and then the plan backfired big style, logic told me to start climbing via the gate so off I set & after less than 50 yds I was wading through mud & clambering over twigs, trees, tree stumps and trying very hard not to sink up to my knees in mud. There was no sign of any forestry vehicles, in fact there was no sign of anything at all, all forms of wildlife had more sense than me :( The forestry vehicles had gauged out big tracks which were filled with lovely muddy water and whilst struggling uphill very slowly I was thinking about how amusing the report would be - at my expense. It would have been quicker to retreat back to the car & drive round to Loch Glow & conquer the hill from that direction.
Whilst struggling very slowly uphill I was comparing the progress or lack of it, to wading through knee deep snow.
Four examples of how the terrain had been rearranged, not good to look at and clamber over.
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After struggling for what seemed like far too long, I reached the top of the deforestation area & was on familiar underfoot territory, long wet soggy grass. After reaching the top of the forested area, I picked up a faint path & the summit could be seen in the distance.

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The summit trig point with Loch Leven in the background.

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Black Loch, Loch Glow is to the left & out of sight.

The views on the summit were certainly worth the extra effort. One thing I didn't mention, I was travelling ultra light, camera, map, compass & whistle, nothing to eat or drink & after expending extra energy & taking longer than I had planned I was rather thirsty. Memo to self - always carry a drink, you never know what unexpected surprises could delay your little stroll.
Whilst on the summit I studied the terrain in the direction I was intending to descend, I was definitely not going back the same way, so I headed down & came across the first living things I had seen for over an hour.

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The descent involved going through the forest & appearing back in the sunshine on a clearing that runs down the side of the forest, with the occasional obstacle. With more luck than judgement the descent actually brought me out in a field right next to where I had parked my car :lol:

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In a strange sort of way I enjoyed the struggle, now it was off to Benarty Hill :wink: Report to follow very soon.
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Re: A route not to be copied - Dumglow

Postby Sgurr » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:03 pm

You started off the right way, but needed either to go back (east)down the road, go through another gate and follow the path up, or go diagonally across that first field you climbed into, right across to the other side and climb into the same track, thereby avoiding the cows that hang around at the beginning. A forestry track should take you right up to another track that runs parallel to the cliffs. You can either follow it past the cliffs and cut back steeply uphill, or go through a ride to before the cliffs and climb from there. I have prospected this a lot trying to find the easiest way up, as once upon a time I thought it might be possible to do all eight Fife Marilyns in one day, but now have grave doubts as the most I managed was five and I am not getting any younger.
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Re: A route not to be copied - Dumglow

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:26 pm

Hi Fife Flyer, it looks like you came back down the way I went up and down! I did not recognise the walk in route you took, it looked pretty horrible to say the least, hope you had the gaiters on!
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Re: A route not to be copied - Dumglow

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:48 am

The Rodmiester wrote:it looked pretty horrible to say the least, hope you had the gaiters on!


Luckily I did & they were a tad dirty :lol:
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Re: A route not to be copied - Dumglow

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:03 pm

I did this one from Loch Glow, from where there is a parking area. But it's only for fisherman and little Hilter doesn't let you park there :evil: but there is space for one car in a "layby" a few hundred yards up from the "private car park"
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Re: A route not to be copied - Dumglow

Postby Sarah86 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:54 pm

I have to admire you for pushing on with that route! I did this walk last year, I first went to explore from the Loch Glow side and we drove as far as the fishermans car park and then drove right back out with all the stares we got :lol: The found Rodmiesters report and followed that but got a bit lost coming down back into the forest bit which wasn't fun! You got wonderful views at the top though and a good day for it.
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