Walks Angus & Dundee

Author: John Fyfe

Rewalked by Richard & Maggie Legate

For walkers, the county of Angus is most easily visualised as three stripes, running north-east to south-west.  To the east is the coast, inland from that is Strathmore (farmland and towns), and furthest north and west are the Grampian Mountains, with a series of long, narrow valleys – the Angus Glens (see left) – burrowing in between the hills. Most of the walking is along the coast or around the glens.
The coast is surprisingly varied, with cliffs north of Arbroath, sand beaches at Lunan Bay and the wide tidal basin behind Montrose.  At the far south is the city of Dundee, made newly famous by the siting of the new V&A Museum overlooking the Tay Estuary.  The are fine coast walks in the guide – in particular the lineal cliff walk north from Arbroath to the old fishing village of Auchmithie.
The hill routes tend to be lineal; either linking the glens or crossing The Mounth to reach Royal Deeside (see Walks Deeside for descriptions of these crossings from their northern ends).  The Angus hills are often slightly neglected by walkers, who gravitate instead towards the higher – and more famous – peaks of the Cairngorms, but they shouldn’t be.  The Angus hills have a charm of their own, and the long crossings – Glen Esk to Glen Tanar over Mount Keen, or the paths between Glen Clova and Glen Muick – can provide a wonderful day’s walking.
There were few changes in the book this year.  The major adjustments are in Glen Doll (at the head of Glen Clova), where the waymarked routes are being altered.  The entry in the guide reflects the new (more restricted) range of walks.
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