A high level horseshoe walk around the Glensherup reservoir. Distance is 9.5 miles with 650m of ascent. The walking is primarily on grassy paths but navigation skills are advised if visibility is poor. You should also ensure you are adequately equipped for a day in the hills.
Start from the Forestry Comission Whitens car park on the A823 to the north of Glendevon grid ref NN 971 051.
A path from the car park leads into the forest to join a track. Follow this track until you reach a junction where you take the left hand track going uphill. This track zig zags its way up the hill until an obvious firebreak is reached at grid ref NN 974 040. Turn right to follow this fire break out of the trees and on to the open hillside.
Turn right on to the open hill and follow a rough path up hill which will eventually bring you to the summit of Innerdownie Hill. There is a shelter here for coffee/lunch stop.
After Innerdownie it is a straightforward walk along the ridge with a fence to follow, to the summit of Whitewisp Hill with its small cairn. From Whitewisp head in a westerly direction to Tarmangie Hill to regain a fence line. The descent from Tarmangie is initially south west and then steeply north west to the head of Glen Sherup again close to a fence.
From here the path now turns northerly and north easterly on to Scad Hill before gently descending to a bealach. After the bealach the path which has now become more of a track starts to go back up hill to pass to the north east of Ben Shee. However, at the highest point you can strike off up a rough path to reach the summit of the hill. Make your own way down the north west slope of the hill to rejoin the track.
The track continues to lose height through newly planted woodland. After going through a gate you should turn immediately right off the track to follow a rough path alongside the fence. This path will bring you out on to the reservoir access road. Turn right and go past a house until you reach the dam. A path leads down to the dam and you can walk across the dam wall. At the other side a steep path leads up into the forest to join the forest track that leads back to the car park. Turn left on to this track to return to your start point.
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