- Created: March 9, 2018
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 14 km
- Duration 3 h 25 min
- AVG speed 4.0 km/h
- Min altitude 204 m
- Peak 442 m
- Climb 325 m
- Descent 325 m
Manduff Hill is part of the Lomond hill range.
This is hill offers some beautiful views over Loch Leven to the West.
This little hill is perhaps best known for it’s “Golf Ball” which can be seen from miles around. People often cite this as being located on nearby Bishop Hill but this is a common mistake as it actually sits on top of Manduff Hill
This strange structure has many people confused to what it actually is and who owns it. The ball is a radar installation operated by the Met Office and is part of their national rain radar network. The station has recently been upgraded for improved accuracy.
The route begins in the little parking spot next to Holl Reservoir. The reservoir can be reached from a access road located just outside the village of Leslie.
Leave the reservoir and head west following the track as it gently makes it’s way up the hill. The walking is fair but can be muddy in the wetter months. After roughly 2.5km you will reach West Feal Farm. The temptation here is to cut through the yard but the farmer prefers if walkers for safety reasons follow the path that leads them to the right and takes them around the outskirts of the farm buildings.
Shortly after the farm (approx 600m) there is a access road for the weather station on the left. Avoid taking this road as it will lead you to a dead end as it is purely there to serve the facility. Instead head straight on following the track along the firebreak between the two woodlands and head out on to the hill proper.
Shortly after exciting the wooded area you will see a faint track on the left (approx 10m) which will lead you out to the hill top and a spectacular view over Loch Leven and beyond. From this point you can either choose to return to the reservoir via the route you walked up or carry on and loop through the hills and back that way.
To carry on turn back to the track that led you out of the of the woods and turn left and follow it as it winds you around Bishop Hill. The track is is easy to follow (provided there is no snow!) and the scenery is beautiful. The track eventually meets a more established track and you will join it a short distance away from John Knox’s Pulpit (approx 0.5 km). Turn right and follow the track down towards the reservoir.
At OS Grid Reference NO 2083 0510 take the turning right and follow the track that heads through several wooded areas and down to the access road leading you back to the starting point. This leg of the route can be prone to midges in the warmer months so be prepared for the little critters.
This walk is approximately 14km long, takes around 4 hours to walk at a gentle pace and I would rate it as a Grade 3 walk. The views are well worth it.
Route shared with Walk Fife by Dave Manson.
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