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Fences and Gates a plenty

Date walked: 10/04/2021

Time taken: 4.4 hours

Distance: 17km

Ascent: 634m

Lockdown and restrictions still in force so we are still on the Tump trail. Keeping within the rules we are venturing just outside Fife into Perth and Kinross, on the menu this time are 7 hills. We are now very familiar with Glenfarg, over the last few weeks we have been through Glenfarg over 10 times which is more than the past 50+ years.
Here is the menu:

Cloven Craigs, 282m
West Dron Hill, 293m
Glenearn Hill, 297m
Culteuchar Hill, 313m
Eastfield Hill, 243m
Glenfarg Head, 217m
Arlick Hill, 307m

Cloven Craigs, West Dron Hill, Glenearn Hill and Culteuchar Hill

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Looking back towards the start

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One of the older diggers

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The smoke as we got nearer was not very pleasant

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The Lomond Hills - early morning shot

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We discussed what the purpose of smoke screen was, I reckoned it was maybe to keep the crows and other livestock predators

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We wished we had face masks with us

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As windfarms go, this one is tiny

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Our first hill Clovens Craig is the slight hump not far away

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The cairn on Clovens Craig

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The Lomonds from Clovens Craig

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Been parked in situ for a while

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One of the through fences

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Not sure what that has been digging?

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This is about as close as we got to the "green machines", somehow managed to catch the sun and the moon

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Quite a few sheep heading somewhere - away from us

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Never seen this design of style before

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Undulating and varied terrain

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Looking east down the River Tay

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We would be heading towards the forest shortly

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Dron Hill summit which wasn't on our planned route, but gave us great views

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Nice new gate

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Plenty of recent planting

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We would be heading round the forest, then turning left into it

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Large puddle or small lochan?

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One of George's zoomed photo - Tay Estuary

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Heading downhill on the track round the forest - Bridge of Earn in the distance

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Looking back as we start ascending again

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Just managed to catch the young deer before it headed into the trees

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Looking north from West Dron Hill

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West Dron Hill summit

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A caravan that has seen better days

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We wondered how it got there in the first placed

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If you collect fir cones this is a place to head to

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We could even be in the Borders

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The gorse was tinder dry and we were scanning ahead looking for a gate or an easy place to get over the fence

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No gate looking down that way

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Looking east again

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Flat farming ground looking north

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Summit of Glenearn Hill, George dug out the dod of wood and stood it up

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Plenty of ruins in Perthshire

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Different angle

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The trig on top of Culteuchar, we have a fence to negotiate first

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Only trig of the day

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One of the high numbers - George informed me

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Looking east

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The Lomonds with a few turbines in the way

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Another large puddle or small lochan

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Plenty of these again today

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Final descent down to the car

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Typical Perthshire scenery

Eastfield Hill

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Farm buildings, but no farmhouse

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Looking down from just below the summit of Eastfield Hill, Eastfield Farm house in amongst the trees

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Summit is just beside the wooden shed

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Quite a new building, George had a peep inside through the small door

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Summit area of Eastfield

Glenfarg Head and Arlick Hill

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We do love a sign or two in this country

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Path - not the sort of path we are used to

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The start of the "path", are a shower or two that would be fun

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Glenfarg Reservoir, we have to get to the other side

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This is one of the "under" fences, George just completed his commando roll

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We have just left the summit area of Glenfarg Head which is in the middle of the trees

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Nice house, bit isolated

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Looking back down towards the reservoir, wind farm in the distance

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The way ahead, Arlick Hill is on the right

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George elegantly climbing over the electric fence

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Trying to avoid touching the top cable

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George is actually airborne. When I climbed over the fence I hadn't realised the top cable was electrified as I had been concentrating on getting action shots. When I climbed over I can confirm the power wasn't switched on - much to George's amusement

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Looking southish from Arlick Hill, another ruin

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Summit area of Arlick Hill

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Arlick Hill summit

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The ruin close up

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The windows had been bricked up at some time

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For the lamb lovers

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This was a cracking day, it made a change having a longer couple of walks rather than jumping in and out of the cars for a single hill. Navigation was a proper challenge as with most of the Tumps the hills aren't exactly obvious, even when the visibility is excellent. We have another couple more weeks on the Tump trail before we head north. We have already been discussing where to head when we are released. It will seem very odd spending hours driving before we start walking and the thought of over 1000m of ascent is a bit daunting. One thing we won't miss is fences, gates, farms and gorse.

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