Pole hill and Beal Hill, not names that evoke fear as tales of daring do are recalled, yet a pleasant and interesting stroll for any with a half, nae, quarter day to stroll on the Sidlaws. One for those with an interest in trig points or iron age hill forts or just a good ramble in a new area.
I came this way to look at Evelick Castle, a medieval tower house, in a delipidated state that is known to have some excellent examples of gunloops, why I was interested I don't know, perhaps just an excuse to visit a new area. The castle is not blessed with unobtrusive parking so having crawled past I went on to the top of Glen Rait to park the car at the spot height marked 239 and ramble across to Pole Hill. It's hardly any distance at all but boasts an ancient cairn or perhaps ring cairn, with a 'new' trig point pillar sat upon it. It is a good view point to the South across the Tay estuary with the Dundee bridges clearly visible as is Evelick Hill forth, just a stones throw to the South.
A quick bimble across to this shows some interesting earth works and even better views.
To make a longer walk and bag Beal Hill we retraced our way to the car and walked North along the Rait road to Shanry farm road and the new wind turbines. Farm tracks up to the woods that top the hill revealed some views which opened up to the East.
Had a wander around the wood sheltering from a squall before heading back to the car. No summit photos due to the weather but the best of a busted day.
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