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Fourman & Knock Hills between showers

Fourman & Knock Hills between showers


Postby Gordon Ballantyne » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:11 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Fourman Hill, Knock Hill

Date walked: 14/03/2017

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 4.5 km

Ascent: 350m

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A blustery day with shower forecast in the afternoon.
Had to drop into the dentist for an MOT before picking up Harvey, then back for GordonC.


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Found our way to park up at a wee cul-de-sac just past Fourmanhill Farm off the A97. ( Left up the side of the Boggiebrae Hotel )
A few steps north the W by NW track up through the woods starts.

Start of the track up Fourman.jpg
Start of the track up Fourman Hill




Its an easy walk up the track to the first fork where it levels out a bit.

The track above the trees to top of Fourman.jpg
The track above the trees on Fourman


Take the right fork and follow it to the top - nae bother.

GordonC & Harvey at the top of Fourman.jpg
GordonC and Harvey at the top of a blustery Fourman Hill


Knock Hill  from Fourman.jpg
Knock Hill from Fourman Hill


The Deveron snaking its way to the Moray Firth.jpg
The Deveron snaking it's way to the Moray Firth from Fourman Hill


A bit blustery on the top so we scurried down to the shelter of the trees, as we could see a big shower heading our way. We seemed to just catch the edge of it and made the car without getting materially wet.

Parking area at the bottom of the Knock Hill Track near Swilebog.jpg
Parking at the bottom of Knock Hill track near Swilebog


Headed straight for Knock Hill as I daren't be late for "Lord of the Dance" at HMT this evening.
Turned off the A97 to Swilebog, where the occupant was sorting his dyke and planting some shrubs to make it bonny. Avoided cowpin' his barra over and and found a nice big layby at the next corner, where the diresttissima path up the hill could be seen as we approached. We breakfasted here while Harvey had his pigs lug lunch. (try saying that after being at the dentist )


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As we drank our coffee, a big tanker belonging to British Water passed on it's way to Fiddiestown. Then a couple of cars came the other way. Jings , we thought, wonder whats going on up there - it's not as if we're on a main road !
Maybe it's one of these cannabis farms........ ?
We tooled up and headed up the muddy path, which turned into a shallow gully, running straight up the side of the hill.

Harvey getting muckit on the Knoc Hill path.jpg
Harvey getting muckit on the Knock Hill path


Looking down the Knock Hill path towards Swilebog.jpg
Looking down the Knock Hill path towards Swilebog


Couldn't help thinking it could do with a few cross culverts to stop further erosion.. Anyway we toiled up and as we breasted the summit, the full force of the wind hit us.

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GordonB struggling to the trig on Knock Hill


Trying to stay upright on the top of Knock Hill.jpg
Trying to stay upright on the top of Knock Hill


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A wee stone circle at the top of Knock Hill


Must've been about 40knots - as you can see from the angle of the summit picture. I thought I was standing up straight. GordonC who had been at the top for a wee while was taking a lee ( no - not a leak ! ) behind a convenient peat hag out of the wind, so I went to join him after retreaving my bunnet from the stone circle when it blew aff ma heid.

GordonC taking a Lee on the top of Knock Hill.jpg
GordonC taking a lee on the top of Knock Hill


Harvey chose this moment to have his mental phase and ran around the hag like a mad thing, only to stop to shake off the water that he'd accumulated all over us, that he'd run through on his circuit - !
Must teach him to do it downwind.
We headed off through the swing gate, avoiding being guillotined by it in the wind, into the lee of the hill down the direttissima path. Reminded me a bit of Arkwright's till drawer in "Open all hours" !

The Guillotine gate near the top of Knock Hill.jpg
The guillotine gate near the top of Knock Hill


Just as we arrrived at the car, the heavens opened as a shower struck us full on. GordonC had to accelerate his de-tooling process to avoid getting drookit.
Aha - he mused from the safety of the car - that was a lucky escape - someone is looking after us !
We drove out of the rain after a few miles and arrived back at Westhill in sunshine and in plenty of time for Lord of the Dance and more foot - tapping !
Gordon Ballantyne
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