Walk: Warlocks & rock bands - Dumyat by the corridor route
|[The "corridor route" threads an ingenious line between Dumyat's dramatic southern cliff bands]|
Dumyat's craggy profile when viewed from the south makes it one of the most characterful hills in the Scottish Lowlands. And yet the "tourist route" to the summit from the west misses out on all of this, crossing unremarkable grassland on a busy and eroded path. Starting instead from Blairlogie allows access to a rarely used traverse route. This ingeniously follows a corridor of grass which miraculously navigates a maze of conglomerate cliffs and rock outcrops, with superb views across Clackmannanshire's plains: admittedly requiring more effort than the other route, but visually ten times better. After enjoying the panorama at the crowded summit, head east into Menstrie Glen to pick up the Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way for an easy ramble back to the start.
|[First view of the summit, beyond the deep cleft of Warlock Glen]|
Name: Walk: Warlocks & rock bands - Dumyat by the corridor route ★★★★☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 430 metres
Main summits: Dumyat (419 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park off A91 just east of Blairlogie, G.R.: NS 831968 / importing safari measures
Route: Car park - east end of Blairlogie by Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way - skirt NE side of Blairlogie - fork right at path junction at G.R.: NS 826973 - path traverses east to Burnwarroch - Dumyat - join track through Menstrie Glen just above Dumyat Farm - start by Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way
Terrain: Ascent almost all on clear, but rough and very narrow paths with occasional rocky sections where hands might just be needed, with large drops close to the path. Paths are intermittent for final ascent to summit beyond Burnwarroch. Clear hill paths and tracks for descent, steep just at top.
Wildlife today: Pheasants, butterflies; a few sheep and cows on descent.
Weather today: Almost cloudless with temperature in high teens; strong easterly breeze.
|[Rough but clear paths through woodland and gorse further down]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track