• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: October 27, 2017
Route type: Short Strolls
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 2.18 km
  • Duration 33 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
  • Descent 0 m

Darklaw Hill overlooks the tiny village of Rathillet.

Sometimes the name of a place makes you want to visit it and this is a good example.

This is a pleasant short walking route of around 45 minutes and one that my curiosity made me explore. I drive past Darklaw Hill most days as I commute to work and I have often wondered what it would be like to walk up.

This route starts in the village of Rathillet. There are only a few places to park up and please be considerate of the residents when parking.

Leave the village following the road that head south into the farmland. After about 400m you will see a rough farm track on the left that leads you up the hill. The track was fairly muddy when I walked the route so make sure you are prepared.

Walk Fife note: Please abide by the Highway Code for walkers - you can learn more by visiting http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/highway-code-for-walkers.aspx

The trail winds it’s way to the top of the hill. There isn’t much of a view from the top (150m) and there is only a few telecom masts and their associated buildings. Walk around the buildings and over into the neighbouring field. Follow the edge of the field eastwards and down the hill until you reach the corner of the field and cross north into the scrub ground and follow the rough track as it follow the base of the hill back towards Rathillet.

This may not win any points for being the most interesting walking route but it certainly is enjoyable. There are some geocaches to log in the surrounding area.

Route shared with Walk Fife by John Hastings.

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