Distance: 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Ascent: 850 feet / 260m
Start / finish: Auchtermuchty
Other walks in Pitmedden:
This walk is similar to the Pitmedden South walk but avoids the use of muddy mountain bike trails. The walk starts from the Clink car park just outside Auchtermuchty at grid reference NO 223 128.
From the car park go through the gate onto a good path passing through pine, then beech and then larch trees. Keep straight on at any junctions until you reach the area of a house. Follow the purple arrow markers firstly right and then left through a gate past the house.
Turn right onto the public road and walk downhill for about 300m to reach a farm access road on your left. Go up the farm road (signed for Pitmedden Farm) uphill until you reach the first farm. Turn right at the farm, to pass through a gate onto a track at the back of the farm. This track continues uphill becoming a path before it meets the edge of the forest at a pedestrian gate.
Go through the gate onto a forest track. Although you are still going uphill, the gradient has eased off and soon the track becomes a lot flatter. Unfortunately there are no views from this section of the forest. Keep straight on at the track junctions on the main track until you reach the area of “Seven Gates” with a barrier gate across the track.
Go left through the barrier gate and pass a quarry area on your left. You will now start to experience views to your left across to the Lomonds through gaps in the trees. Keep on the forest road ignoring any tracks or mountain bike trails on either side. The road will head away from the forest edge and start to go downhill to reach a barrier gate at a wide junction.
Go left at the junction and after 400m you will reach the thirl stone on your left with a bench seat. A number of mountain bike trails converge on this point. Continue straight one following a purple arrow marker. It is now a straightforward walk along this road to Newhill at the exit of the forest. Ignore any side tracks and paths and stay on the road. From time to time there are purple arrow markers along the route. A further bench seat is located on your left under an old beech tree part way along.
The road exits the forest at Newhill which has been converted to holiday cottages. This road will take you directly back to the car park but to avoid the hard surface, go back into the forest via a log barrier gate on your left hand side after the cottages. You are now back into the area of the Clink and there is a selection of paths through the woods which you could use. The following is just one possible option.
Keep on the main path through the beech trees beside a burn ignoring the path that goes uphill to your right. The path goes round the back of a small hillock and starts to climb uphill on the far side away from the burn. Follow the path alongside a wall and round to the left at the wall corner now going downhill. You will now have a clear view over towards Pitmedden Farm where you were earlier. Go right onto an obvious path to leave the wall and then right onto a wider track. The track meets the public road at a gate but just before the gate is a path on your left which you can use to return to the car park.
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