Hill of Rowan
by Alastair S » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:42 pm
Route description: Hill of Rowan, Tarfside, Glen Esk
Date walked: 22/01/2011
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 9.1 km
Ascent: 215m3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
With the serious but leaky boots back with Tiso’s for investigation a high level walk was out of the question. So a modest low level family walk was the order of the day. Before I moved to Scotland this type of walk was pretty much the only type of walking I did. My more strenuous exercise came from cycling. But for the last couple of years the family has got off lightly. They may not know it yet but that is about to change
So after daughter’s swimming session it was off to Glen Esk over the recently re-opened Cairn O’Mount road in wonderful weather. Have passed the Maule Monument on several occasions and seeing IanG’s excellent report & the “official” one decided that the family should be able to tackle this one without a problem.
We were on our way by 11am. The monument is visible from Tarfside but soon disappears when you past the rather grand church just after the bridge. So up the gentle track, fooling about on the ample ice in the wheel tracks. Initially missed the fainter track to the left as another pair of walkers caught us at this point & I was distracted by taking photos. The steep part is pretty short & then there is the impressive monument suddenly right on you. It is big. And its conical. Stopped for usual: photos & refreshments.
Approaching Hill of Rowan
Maule Monument (South Aspect)
Maule Monument (East Aspect)
Mount Keen from the summit
Craig Maskeldie - this view is looking West from the Hill of Rowan towards Lock Lee (which can't be seen). The prominent hill is Craig Maskeldie and looks a bit like a smaller version of The Devil's Point in the Cairngorms.
Leaving Hill of Rowan, view to the East
Then followed the track NW down the hill and then round to the south. Lots of grouse butts along this section and had a fun sliding about on a big frozen milky puddle. Then down a small glade of silver birch onto the road. Instead of taking road back to Tarfside we took the first right and headed south over the River North Esk. You have to go right though a farmyard (Dalbrack) which was deserted but for a couple of dead sheep.
Glens Esk & Mark
Departing The Hill of Rowan
Glen Esk & Craig Maskeldie again
Frozen Puddle (Big)
The path gave good views of the Hill of Rowan. It was then over a rather rickety wooden footbridge back to Tarfside. The footbridge has estate signs with dire warnings about crossing at your own risk so we took it one at a time without any problems (but you need to make sure you don’t put your foot in the holes!).
Hill of Rowan again
Then it was back to the Clatterin’ Brig for a late lunch/early tea
Flickr slideshow over here
by iainwatson » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:50 pm
by IainG » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:08 pm
Last time there, I took an almost direct south descent from the monument, hoping to find the site of the fabled illicit still it was famous for, but instead found myself in a deceptively steep, rocky, and overgrown jungle of ferns!
by malky_c » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:10 pm
by dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:36 pm
Looked a fab day out with the family.
Loved the monument.
by Merry-walker » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:21 pm
by slatefell » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:18 am
Great photos of a walk on my to do list with the family this year.
by dogplodder » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:28 pm
by Benjaminnevis » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:11 pm
by ChrisW » Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:34 pm
by RicKamila » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:28 pm
by Ian Johnston » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:13 pm
Great report, and some super and well-observed images - I particularly like the second one here. This I must do - have you considered doing this one as a part of a backpacking trip from our side of the hill?
by Alastair S » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:29 pm
Ian Johnston wrote:have you considered doing this one as a part of a backpacking trip from our side of the hill?
Not got into backpacking as such so I just do days walks. But would like to explore Glens Mark & Dye a bit more. Its also a good area for mountain biking as the local estate is heavily into their grouse shooting & keep their tracks in good nick. They have also build quite a few new tracks that aren't on the maps yet, including a very recent one from near the top of the Cairn O'Mount road.
ChrisW wrote:"waited until after the daughters swimming session" ........was this so she was starting from a weakened position and wouldn't leave you standing
by Gable Gable End » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:46 pm
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