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No. of Trails: 6
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Travelling from north or south leave A90 at B966 towards Edzell. Continue towards and through Edzell. About 1 mile north of Edzell, cross the Gannochy Bridge and then take the next unclassified road on your left. You are in Glen Esk.

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Description:-
Glenesk, lying at the foot of the Grampian mountain range, is the most easterly of the Angus Glens. It is bounded by Glen Lethnot to the west and Aberdeenshire to the north.

Glenesk, some 15 miles long, can be found off the B966, Edzell/Fettercairn road off the A90. There is no through road, but possibly this has helped to protect its unspoilt character.

It is a traditional glen, divided into three privately owned estates whose main interests are sporting - grouse and pheasant shooting and deer stalking. Consequently game-keeping employs more permanent and seasonal staff than any other business. Farming, water treatment and tourism are the other areas of employment in the Glen.



Trails at Glen Esk

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Clash O the Wirren17.35514 Moderate Moderate
Hill of Wirren7.94452.5 Moderate Moderate
Hill of Wirren 28.45263 Moderate Moderate
Tarfside Horseshoe14.76834.5 Hard Hard
Glenesk River bank3.2400.5 Easy Moderate
Glen Esk-Loch Lee to Wate21.12142.5 Moderate Moderate

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Clash O the Wirren


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Length: 17.3 Miles
Ascent: 551 m
Time: 4 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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This route starts at the foot of Glenesk and finishes in Glen Lethnot. When I have done it in the past we have left from Brechin and returned to Brechin to complete. This is only because I live there. I would probably recommend parking in Edzell where there are facilities and a pub. Cycle out towards the Gannochy Bridge and then start the route. On returning get to the bottom of Glen Lethnot and them turn lesft back towards Edzell. I have allowed 4 hours but this includes the Brechin bit.

This is a natural / landrover track route.

Point 1 is Dalbog Farm.
Point 2 is the old TA Huts (not sure if they are still used)
Points 3 & 4. Route goes a bit vague here.
Point 5 Climb
Point 6 & 7Downhill
Point 8 - 9 Trail a bit vague.

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Good circular route with fine open views. 14 miles altogether including road sections. 2.5 hours about right. Steep and rocky quite a bit of the way up, I ended up walking a fair bit. Nice descent, fa... read whole comment...
horseye gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago

Hill of Wirren


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Length: 7.9 Miles
Ascent: 445 m
Time: 2.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Rises steeply from the road at Balfield, past the Bothy at point 1. Turn Right at point two. You can go on to the summit by turning left if you want.

Great downhill from point 2 to point 3. Watch and not miss the turning on the right at point 3.

Join the main road at point 4

Park at Edzell and head towards point 1. After point 4 return to car park in Edzell.



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Hill of Wirren 2


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Length: 8.4 Miles
Ascent: 526 m
Time: 3 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Park car at point one and head up farm track. Follow Burn to point 2. Steep climb from point 2. Weird moonscape from point 3. Great downhill from point 4 past bothy at point 5 and return to road at point 6.

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Tarfside Horseshoe


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Length: 14.7 Miles
Ascent: 683 m
Time: 4.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Hard
Fitness Grade: Hard
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Park at Tarfside car park. Turn right alongside the church. Don't cross the bridge. Follow the tar road and after about 500m turn right along the Landrover track following the river. Head towards the Baillies.

Difficult climbs at points 1 and 2.

Climb to summit after point 3 and good downhill section.

Turn right at point 4 for a great fast downhill section. Watch out for drainage tracks.

Watch out for closed gate at point 5. I usually have pumped forearms here and struggle to stop.

Turn left at point 6 onto tar road and them immediately right at point 7 onto track towards monument.

Last bit of downhill from point 8.

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Glenesk River bank


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Length: 3.2 Miles
Ascent: 40 m
Time: 0.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Starting at the Gannochy bridge its an easy ride down the narrow twisty path with a few tree roots and steep banking to navigate.
Crossing the wobbly bridge after about 1.5 miles to return on the north side. After a short river crossing. (about 1/2" water) a steep push up the bank and back along the north side to the bridge.
Not a fast route but a nice cycle through the forest along the riverbank.

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Glen Esk-Loch Lee to Wate


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Length: 21.1 Miles
Ascent: 214 m
Time: 2.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Cycle along north Bank of Loch Lee. Arriving at waterfall. Try not to fall in the water because you get wet feet!
Cycle back along north side of loch and travel along the road through Tarfside and turn off at sign for Rocks Of Solitude and cycle along the Blue door walk. (not for MTB's) but stay on the high path and theres plenty room without annoying walkers.

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