Benarty Hill

by Dan Bailey - ? Jul/2012
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WalkingBenarty Hill


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Distance 3.27 miles (5.26 km)

Total ascent 230m

Steepest climb 25% (1 in 4)

Time 1:30 – 3 hours (Walking)

Start/finish Layby on minor road to Ballingry (limited parking), NT158970

Nearest town Ballingry, Kelty, Dunfermline, Glenrothes - take your pick

Terrain Easy grassy hillwalking - not too boggy, not too steep. Navigation is straightforward.

Seasonal variations Makes a nice snowy hill stroll in the short days of winter. Dog walkers should be aware that there may be livestock about.

Weather and hill conditions mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath

Public transport Buses from Dunfermline, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy to Lochore/Ballingry, then a stroll through Lochore Meadows Country Park or along the road at the base of Benarty Hill

Guidebooks Kingdom of Fife, 40 Coast & Country Walks by Dan Bailey, pb Pocket Mountains

Maps OS Explorer 369 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 367 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 58 (1:50,000)


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Tourist info Dunfermline (01383 720 999); Kirkcaldy (01592 267 775); Visit Scotland Fife (01334 472021)

In this part of Scotland good things come in small packages. None more so than Benarty, a distinctive mountain in miniature that stands alone, rising steeply over the Loch Leven basin to offer wide-ranging views. As hillwalks go this one's short, easy, family-friendly and very accessible - but it's still a varied and worthwhile trip.

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+The Lomond Hills and Loch Leven from Benarty Hill  , 114 kb
The Lomond Hills and Loch Leven from Benarty Hill


Detailed description

NT1589296974 An engineered path signposted for Benarty climbs steeply into the trees. At a junction go left onto a forestry track, which soon dwindles to a footpath winding through pretty wooodland. At the upper edge of the woods cross a low fence and follow the continuing trail on a long gradual ascent over rolling moorland to reach the trig point on Benarty’s main summit. The best view is just a bit further towards the edge of the steep escarpment overlooking Loch Leven (incidentally, there's some limited rock climbing here - but it's pretty poor).

NT1538297908 Go west following a wall-and-fence line along the broad undulating ridge crest. Beyond a dip is a short sharp climb onto a slightly lower summit. Here step over a low wall and continue west along the ridge to the far west summit overlooking the M90.
NT1420997664 Descend along the edge of the steep slope overlooking the motorway. Signposts here warn of a rifle range on the hillside below; keep left of them. Stay outside a small wood, following a fence to a gate in a muddy field corner. In the next field pass a telecom mast to meet a grassy vehicle track. This curves downhill through pastures to rejoin the road at a gate. Turn left onto this to return to the start.

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