Carskerdo Hill and Fleecefaulds Hill

These two Tumps (hills with a 30m drop) are both over 200m and can be combined into a short circular walk. Some sections of this walk include rough woodland walking, off-path field edges and gate climbing. Woodland sections may be overgrown in the Summer months.

Distance: 6.5 km / 4 miles

Ascent: 190 m / 620 feet

Terrain: field edges, rough woodland paths

Start / finish: Fleecefaulds Meadow Nature Reserve, near Ceres, grid ref NO 401 088

Facilities: Parking for a couple of cars at the nature reserve.

From the small car park, walk down the steps past a bench and information board to reach a pedestrian gate into the reserve. Once in the reserve keep to your left on the high ground to reach a second gate in a corner next to the woodland. Go through this gate and follow the field edge with the woods to your right. Keep to the edge as the fence line turns left and then right until you reach a corner of the woods.

From here there is easy access (no gates) into the woods where a rough track will take you roughly south to reach a metal gate. You will probably need to climb this gate to access the next field. Again keep to the field edge with a fence to your right until you reach an old wooden gate. Climb this gate into a strip of woodland. There is a now feint rough path in these woods which you can use for reasonably easy walking.

The path comes to an end after about 800m, in the vicinity of Carskerdo hill summit. The actual summit is to your left and surrounded by a barb wire fence from this direction. However, the barb wire is missing from sections on the western side which provides easy access over the fence to the 202m summit.

Return by your outward route to the forest corner, crossing both the wooden gate and metal gate.

Exit the woods but instead of turning left, follow the field edge to your right (the woods will be on your right). After about 50m return into the woods and look for a feint (not very obvious) path. If you can’t find the path don’t worry, just head in a roughly north east direction until you find it. There will be a field beyond the woods on your left and a house on your right if you are heading in the right direction. The path terminates at a metal gate (which you will need to climb) leading on to the public road.

Turn left on the road for about 150 m to reach an entrance on your right for Windygates. Head up this track passing a ruined building and turning left towards the house. Before reaching the house, take the track to your right and follow it for 250 m until you are in an unfenced field. Head uphill to your right across the field. There are a number of gates in the wall which lead into a garden area. To avoid the garden, squeeze through a wooden fence to your right for access to rough scrub land. The 210 m summit of Fleecfaulds Hill is located here.

Return back to the track and walk towards the house at Windygates. Turn right at an obvious track junction before the house and follow a good track up the hill to a gate. Don’t go through the gate, turn left to follow the field edge (wall/fence to your right) to reach the corner of woodland. An openable wooden gate takes you into the woods. A path (steep in places) takes you north west through the woods to join a landrover track. Turn left on the track to reach the public road.

The quickest and easiest way back to your start point is to simply walk along the road to your left for 500 m.

However, an alternative return can be made through the nature reserve. Head down the track opposite, towards a farm. After passing woodland on your left follow the edge of the woodland across a grassy field. Look to your right and aim towards a wooden gate that leads into the nature reserve. Once in the reserve, follow the rough path back to the car park.

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