Walk: Knock Knock... Hill's there?

[View east from near the summit]

Knock Hill's moorland rises prominently above northern Aberdeenshire's fertile farmland. 430 metres is a lot of height in these parts, and you certainly feel it on the unrelenting, direct ascent, not helped by a path littered with loose stones. Feel sorry for the poor souls who take part in the annual hill race. On the plus side, the views are stunning on a clear day, taking in large parts of north-east Scotland's low ground, coastline and the northern foothills of the Cairngorms.

[The summit has a number of rock sculptures as well as excellent views]

Name: Walk: Knock Knock... Hill's there? ★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 240 metres
Main summits: Knock Hill (430 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Layby by sharp bend in minor road at Swilebog, G.R. NJ 547553 / lime education dressing

Route: Layby - Knock Hill - return by outward route
Terrain: Short section of muddy track, then clear but unrelentingly steep and narrow path, rocky and muddy in places.
Wildlife today: Not much...
Weather today: Temperature in low teens, hot sunshine and no wind.

[Knock Hill from the approach road]

Route credit: Walkhighlands

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