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Pitfitchie loop

Pitfitchie loop

Length
16.7 Kms
Elevation gain
404 m
Max elevation
333.4 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
**
Type
Out and back
Route id
544
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
15.7 Kms
Dirt path
1 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Directions to start point
This is a nice though rather dull route. We think the start of the route sets a false expectation that the rest of the run will be as good. However, you do spend a lot of time in the trees with not such to see after the first section.
From the car park the road starts a gradual climb for just over a kilometre with some openings in the tress giving you a nice view of the open countryside and route ahead. This section end with at right turn up towards the stone circle.
The Whitehill stone circle is one of many in the North East of Scotland and worth stopping at to have a look either on the way out or the way back. The picture section includes a picture of the information sign.
The path starts to undulate after the stone circle but is predominately downhill. This is a bit of a surprise as it is one of those routes which you feel you are going uphill in both directions.
At around the
5 Kms
mark the path starts to route round Menaway hill where you are in deep in the trees. Part of this route is used by cars going to an alternative car park so watch out for that.
At the final section of the loop round Menaway hill, around
9.5 Kms
you hit the big hill in this route and if feels like it goes on for a long time. It is less than
150 m
of climb but does feel like more given the short distance. During this part the path becomes more of a trail, or overgrown road, rather than the good quality dirt roads elsewhere. As quick as you are up this hill you are back down again with a right hand turn taking you back along the path you came.
With tired legs after the hill section undulating part of the route seems worse, though at least this time you know you are actually climbing a little overall. Soon you are back at the stone circle with a mainly downhill finish back to the car park.
Route directions
Kms
1
From the car park go past the gate following the dirt road

0
2
At the junction turn right up the hill

1.2
3
Past the stone circle

1.4
4
Keep on the main path

3.5
5
Take the path on the right

4.1
6
Keep on the main path

5.4
7
Past the gate on the left path

7.8
8
Left path and the big uphill starts

9.5
9
And start the descent

10.4
10
At the bottom of the hill turn right

11.4
11
Turn left just after the stone circle towards the car park

15.5
12
And back to the car park

16.7
Car park area
Pitfitchie loop. Signed entrance to car park
Signed entrance to car park
Car park area
Pitfitchie loop. Towards the gate at the start
Towards the gate at the start
Car park area
Pitfitchie loop. Car park information sign
Car park information sign
Car park area
Pitfitchie loop. Stone circle notice
Stone circle notice
Car park area
Pitfitchie loop. The large car park
The large car park
Car park area
Pitfitchie loop. Road up from the car park
Road up from the car park
On first part of route
Pitfitchie loop. Looking towards the hills ahead
Looking towards the hills ahead
Whitehill standing stones
Pitfitchie loop. Path leading to standing stones, looking from stones
Path leading to standing stones, looking from stones
Whitehill standing stones
Pitfitchie loop. Looking across the fields towards Menaway
Looking across the fields towards Menaway
Whitehill standing stones
Pitfitchie loop. Information sign at stone circle
Information sign at stone circle
Whitehill standing stones
Pitfitchie loop. Stone circle
Stone circle
Open countryside
Pitfitchie loop. Rollign hills
Rollign hills
Open route
Pitfitchie loop. With sunshine
With sunshine
Open route
Pitfitchie loop. Can get rather dull in places
Can get rather dull in places
Further into the run
Pitfitchie loop. Dirt road in the trees
Dirt road in the trees
Further into the run
Pitfitchie loop. Trees on one side, open country on the other
Trees on one side, open country on the other
One of the climbs
Pitfitchie loop. One of many easy up hills
One of many easy up hills
Going round Menaway
Pitfitchie loop. Forest path round the hill
Forest path round the hill
Going round Menaway
Pitfitchie loop. Never short of trees on this route
Never short of trees on this route
The big climb
Pitfitchie loop. Looking back from the start of the climb
Looking back from the start of the climb
The big climb
Pitfitchie loop. Road starting to become more of an uphill trail
Road starting to become more of an uphill trail
Top of the climb
Pitfitchie loop. Highest point at around 333M
Highest point at around 333M
Down off the top
Pitfitchie loop. Part of the descent
Part of the descent
Jenny's Well
Pitfitchie loop. View form Jenny's well, close to but not part of this run.
View form Jenny's well, close to but not part of this run.
Jenny's Well
Pitfitchie loop. Cairn at Jenny's well
Cairn at Jenny's well
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