Walking in the Angus Glens
By James Carron
A guidebook to 30 walks in the Angus Glens; north of Dundee and south of the Cairngorms. Covering the five Glens of Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot and Esk with routes for competent walkers to explore remote upland areas. From 6 to 25km, the walks visit Munro peaks, glacial valleys, craggy corries, forests and lochs, and treat you to fabulous views.
Seasonsroutes and timings are based on summer conditions but many of the routes offer good winter hikes if properly equipped and experienced
CentresForfar, Kirriemuir, Edzell and Brechin are gateways to the glens while the city of Dundee is within easy reach
Difficultya range of moderate to challenging hill and mountain walks, most circular, suitable for competent hillwalkers all graded according to difficulty and the majority following established paths and tracks; no special equipment is needed
Must SeeGlen Isla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova (including Glen Doll), Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk; Munros: Glas Maol, Creag Leacach, Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe, Driesh, Mayar and Mount Keen; famous rights of way including Jock's Road, Capel Mounth and Monega Road
This walking guidebook explores the five main glens of Angus – Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot and Esk – stretch from the fertile plains of Strathmore up to the southern ranges of the Cairngorms National Park in 30 routes ranging from 6 to 25km (4 to 15.5 miles). Each glen offers spectacular walking, Munros, remote landscape, deep lochs and quiet, often crowd-free day-long adventures.
Glen Clova is the most popular of the Angus glens, offering a number of Munros for the discerning peak-bagger. Also on offer here are a number of less well-trod paths; ancient stalkers’ paths and drove routes providing ways through and over the hills.
Glen Prosen is a sparsely populated valley, and the line of low hills separating Prosen from Clova is one of the area’s finest ridge walks.
Glen Isla is a land of contrasts, with gently undulating slopes and rough pasture in the south, and a wilder, craggy north with the summits of Glas Maol and Creag Leacach.
Glen Lethnot is the least visited of the Angus glens, wild and lonely with tempting tracks and paths.
Glen Esk contains a network of ancient byways that are now the preserve of walkers and backpackers, with a number of mountains worthy of ascent.
Although the area is rugged, remote and crowd-free it is still easily accessible for walkers and this guidebook offers a wide range of circular and linear routes with which to explore. You’ll need a basic level of hillwalking experience, and the ability to navigate confidently using a map and compass. While the majority of walks follow established tracks, some routes do contain sections that cross open ground with indistinct paths and few landmarks. As such, navigational skills are essential for these routes.
- 26 circular day walks and 4 linear walks along the historic Mounth Roads that cross between the glens
- illustrated with OS map extracts
- historic and geological points of interest highlighted in every route
For further informatin about this guidebook, and the area it covers, check out author James Carron's dedicated website www.walkangus.com.
Plants and flowers
Heritage paths and history
Deciphering place names
Planning and preparation
Getting there and where to stay
Access: Rights and responsibilities
Using this guide
Walk 1 Monega Hill, Glas Maol, Creag Leacach and Monamenach
Walk 2 Badandun Hill
Walk 3 Mount Blair
Walk 4 Mealna Letter
Walk 5 Craigie Thieves
Walk 6 Corwharn and Milldewan Hill
Walk 7 Craigie Law and Crock
Walk 8 Tulloch Hill, The Goal and Hill of Couternach
Walk 9 Cat Law and Long Goat
Walk 10 Knachly and Hill of Spott
Walk 11 Hill of Strone and Driesh
Walk 12 Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch
Walk 13 Tolmount and Tom Buidhe
Walk 14 Driesh and Mayar
Walk 15 Cairn Broadlands and Craig Mellon
Walk 16 Ferrowie and Lair of Aldararie
Walk 17 Ben Tirran
Walk 18 Green Hill, Boustie Ley and Ben Reid
Walk 19 Dog Hillock, Finbracks and Manywee
Walk 20 Hill of Glansie
Walk 21 Tamhilt and Hill of Mondurran
Walk 22 Hill of Wirren and East Wirren
Walk 23 Mount Battock and Mount Een
Walk 24 Hill of Cat and Hill of Gairney
Walk 25 Mount Keen
Walk 26 Craig Maskeldie and Hunt Hill
Walk 27 Capel Mounth
Walk 28 Tolmounth
Walk 29 Firmounth
Walk 30 Mounth
Appendix A Walk summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
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Walk 10 Knachly and Hill of Spott
It is not possible to complete this walk as the gate referred to on page 80 just below the summit of Hill of Spott is padlocked. The gate is too tall to climb and is part of a deer fence that also cannot be climbed.
with thanks to Mick Flinn
Page 72 - A new deer fence has been erected in Glen Cally preventing walkers crossing the stream joining a grassy track. Turn right to follow the fence line on the east side of the stream about 250 m northwards to reach the end of the deer fence where a left turn up a short climb provides access to a gate in the fence and enables the original route to be re-gained without difficulty.
with thanks to Gill Pell
Scotways has renewed the signs at the start of the walk and the forest road followed at the outset is now signed for 'Forter'.
While not affecting the integrity of the walk, the Forestry Commission has felled a large portion of its plantation on the western side of Crock, altering the outlook at points along the route. The work is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.
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Based in Dundee, James Carron holds an enduring love for the Angus Glens. He also makes regular forays overseas and adores hiking in Eastern Europe. A freelance writer specialising in outdoor pursuits, he has written several walking guidebooks and is a regular contributor to outdoor magazines.View Guidebooks by James Carron
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