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CHALLENGING Walk - Norman's Law

Fife Walks - Norman's Law

Blog by Fife Ambassador and Nature Nut Ben Dolphin 

The location of a former Iron Age hill fort, Norman’s Law is one of the finest wee hills in Fife, with views completely out of proportion to its modest size.

Time: 2 ¼ to 3hrs

Distance: 6.8km

Ascent: 220m

Path info: Farm roads and tracks, grassy upland path

Start & finish: Public car park at Luthrie Village Hall. Google Maps: OS grid reference: NO331196.

In front of the village hall is a small grassy green and a playground. If you stand in front of the hall, facing the green, you can see a path heading away from you to the right of the green. Take this short path, which leads down to the road and the bus stop.

Turn left at the road and then, just before the road bends to the left, another road heads off to the right. Take this right turn, which first leads you past a farm on your left before becoming a very long straight section of road.

Walk all the way to the end of this straight stretch, which is about half a kilometre long. At the junction, opposite the entrance to Carphin House, turn right onto another farm road and follow this slightly uphill in the direction of a white house. The road bends to the left just before the house and then runs along the edge of fields, with woodland on your right. The woodland is bright with bluebells in the spring.

The road eventually leads directly past an old stone house before doubling back on itself towards a new-looking barn. At the time of writing, in December 2018, the barn was still under construction so it wasn’t clear exactly where the existing track to Norman’s Law would ultimately end up. It looked as though the road will pass the barn to its right, and then bend left around the back of it. However on the day I visited, some construction workers pointed me towards a new, short stony slope located just before the barn, to the left, and said that this was going to be the new path. This then joins a farm track just above the barn.

So, assuming that is correct, go up the stony slope to the left of the barn and then, at the farm track above the barn, immediately turn right. Just 10 metres or so later turn left onto the original farm track that climbs uphill away from the barn.

200m later the track forks.

Take the left fork, which immediately heads uphill. It’s easy to follow as it leaves the trees and takes you onto a more open hillside covered with gorse – a yellow riot in summer!

When the track forks again, take the track on the right, which then heads just to the left of a small rocky knoll.

Shortly after you pass the knoll the track climbs slightly to the right, finally revealing Norman’s Law up ahead. The path then gets more narrow and grassy, before then passing some more rocky outcrops on your right and then going downhill a bit. The path then veers left through some bracken and gets narrower as it does so.

When you reach a metal pedestrian gate, go through it and cross straight over the farm track, heading for the fainter path on the other side, which should be visible slightly to the left.

This is the hill path, which is now clear and easy to follow as it winds its way up the final haul to the summit of Norman’s Law.

The summit is marked by a stone cairn, a trig point and a viewfinder to help you identify points of interest. The view is immense. To the north it stretches from Dundee and the mouth of the Tay all the way to the outskirts of Perth, and deep into the Angus hills and the Cairngorms beyond.

To the south you look out across Fife to the Hopetoun Monument, the distinctive twin peaks of the Lomond Hills, and even farther to the distant Pentlands, Lammermuirs, and Dun Rig the other side of Peebles. On a clear day you might be able to see the conical summit of Ben Lomond, 59 miles to the west.

Descend by the same route, and keep an eye out for the attractive Creich Church in the distance as you head back down the hill.

Note: this route is for supporting information only. Anyone venturing into the countryside does so at their own risk and should be properly dressed / equipped for the occasion.

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