Distance: 5 miles / 8 km
Ascent: 730 feet / 220m
Start / finish: Auchtermuchty
Other walks in Pitmedden Forest:
A shortish walk in Pitmedden Forest from the Clink car park near Auchtermuchty (grid reference NO 222 128). Although most of the route is on good paths, tracks and quiet road a few sections can be a bit on the muddy side.
From the car park, an unsurfaced path goes off to the right into the trees. It’s worth taking this path for its soft but dry surface which makes for pleasant walking through beech trees. The path skirts around the edge of the forest and soon rejoins the main path from the car park (the one through the gate). Turn right onto this path downhill until you reach a gate on your right leading into Glassart Den Community Woodland.
You can either stay on the main path or you can do a loop around the edge of the woodland. If you choose the latter stick with the main path which follows the edge of the woodland. At one point there is a bench seat with good views across to Auchtermuchty and the Lomond Hills beyond. The path will bring you back on to the main forest path at pedestrian gate.
When you reach a Y junction (just after the pedestrian gate referred to above) with a purple arrow marker post take the left fork away from the house and road. Keep on this track which becomes more of a path as it skirts the edge of the forest with a wall on your right hand side. The path will go left and uphill. When you reach an obvious junction, go right onto a track that takes you out of the woods. Go left downhill on the farm road and then go left when you reach the public road at the bottom of the hill.
You now have approximately 1km of easy walking on the quiet road to the area of West Pitmenzies. After the farm there is a gate on your left onto a forest road. When this road swings left keep straight on through a gate onto another track. This next section is through spruce forest so there is not a lot to see. When the track starts to get a bit muddy you will reach a cross road. Turn right here and follow the track / path as it starts to gain height. Ignore the mountain bike trails that cross over from time to time and stay on the main track.
At the top of the hill you will reach a welcome bench seat beside the thirl stone at an obvious junction. After having a rest if you wish, go left on to the forest road where there is 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. Leave the main path on a path to your right that goes slightly uphill. Keep straight on, on this path and don’t go left up the hill (unless you really want to). The path goes round the side of the hillock to meet the road where you were a few minutes ago. The remainder of the route follows this path as it runs parallel to the road back to the car park where you started the walk.
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