A short easy hill walk although some sections are steep in places. Excellent views of Lochore on the way up Benarty Hill and amazing views across of Loch Leven from the summit. In Spring, Harran Hill woodland is a carpet of bluebells.
If low cloud shrouds the hill you are strongly advised to carry a map and compass with you for this walk and to know how to use them.
Distance: 4.6 miles / 7.5 km
Ascent: 985 feet / 300 m
Start/finish: Benarty Bay (Lochore Meadows)
Other walks in the area: Benarty Hill East
Start from Benarty Bay car park on the shore of Lochore at grid ref NT 158 955. This car park is within the environs of Lochore Meadows Country Park, but is accessed from the west side of the park.
Turn left out of the car park to walk back for a short distance until you reach the gate on your right at the bottom of the Harran Hill track. There are two tracks up the hill and it doesn’t matter which you choose. The one to the right is the obvious one from here.
Follow this good track up the hill which steepens as it climbs. At the point where it bends round to the left it is particularly steep. Just take your time, you’ll get there eventually!. After a right turn the gradient eases off as you cross the top of Harran Hill. The path then curves round to the right as it descends down the hill. This is the point where the alternative path joins from the left. Follow the path downwards until it joins an obvious track known as “The Avenue” marked on OS maps as Ladath Stripe. Turn left on to this track which soons brings you out on the Ballingry Hill Road.
Cross over the road. Directly opposite is a set of step signed for Benarty Hill. Start going up these steps. This next bit is a bit of a plod but there is a bench seat part way up where the path turns sharply left which affords good views over Lochore Meadows. After a rest, continue with the plod upwards. As the gradient eases off you come to the edge of the woods and the path turns right to follow a fence. At an obvious break in the fence cross over the fence on to the open hillside.
A well trodden path now leads across moorland for about 0.7km to reach the summit trig point. At the trig point, walk over to the nearby fence to take in the views northwards across Loch Leven.
Turn left and walk along the ridge in a westerly direction on a grassy path. The path goes downhill and then goes steeply back up hill. Before the steep ascent however, you should be able to find a grassy track to your left which leads to a gate in a deer fence.
Go through this gate and follow the track down hill through a recently planted woodland area. At a junction you need to keep to the right (don’t go the obvious downhill route to the left). This doesn’t feel right but don’t worry. The path soon turns left to go downhill at field fence. Continue onwards down the hill and into a field which may contain sheep. A grassy track leads across the field to a gate in the far left corner bringing you out on to the Hill Road.
Turn left on to the road, then turn right through a gate past a lodge house. Follow this driveway but keep right instead of turning left to the big house. The driveway now becomes more of a track through woodland with pheasants. At the end of the woodland you will pass through some gates with a small housing development to your left. The track has now become a road and will take you back to the west access road into Lochore Meadows. Where you join the access road, turn left. After about 0.5km there is a gate and path to your right which forms part of the round the loch path. To return to the car park simply continue on the same road for a further 300 – 400m.
If however, you would like to extend your walk, you can turn right through the gate and follow the path round the loch. This will add about 3 miles on to your walk. There is a café at the Park Centre about 2/3rds of the way round for well earned refreshments.
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