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2. Crieff Hydro
Difficulty of Trail: Moderate, unless you're a sherpa
Length of Trail: 1 - 2 miles

This box is hidden in the Upper Knock by the Creiff Hydro Hotel in the town of Crieff in Perthshire.

The Walk
You can get to the Upper Knock from the town. From James Square in the centre of Crieff, walk up Hill Street for about a third of a mile. Turn left up Knock Road - signposted "To The Knock" - and follow this road until it passes through a gate and becomes a wide track. To the right is Crieff Hydro - an imposing and elegant Victorian hotel established in 1868 as a spa and health resort.

Continue along this path for a short distance then turn right, taking one of the small paths leading up the hill through the open woodland. The summit is within half a mile and the reward is a marvellous panoramic view, south across Strathearn and north-west into the Grampian Mountains. The view-indicator helps to identify the various peaks that can be seen. Unfortunately, when I last made a visit, the view indicator was missing from the pedestal. If you go and it is back, please let me know. The round trip from the town centre, round the knock and back again, is approximately 6km.

Alternately, you can park in the small car park near the crest of the hill. Follow signs for Crieff Hydro Hotel (depending on which way you’re coming in, one of the signs is behind some trees—if you’re coming into Crieff from the south, you’ll go through town and be heading out toward Perth on the A85 before you see this sign and turn left onto Connaught Terrace—the rest of the signs are clear from this point). When you enter the grounds of the hotel, follow the road on the right past the equestrian centre. This road will lead you to the Knock car park. The walk round the knock from the upper car park is approximately 3km.

From whichever place you choose to start:

1. Follow the footpath up to the Knock Summit.

2. Face the bench nearest the pedestal. Take the path to the right of the bench.

3. A big boulder on the left approximately 35 paces past the bottom of a slope lets you know you chose the correct path. Keep going.

4. Continue up hill. At the top, turn left and descend a bit. Turn right onto a larger trail, ascending again. Take the first right onto a trail with woods on your left. This path quickly veers left into the woods. [These directions are a result of the more direct route being blocked off by wire fencing cordoning off a patch of tree felling.]

5. Continue steeply uphill.

6. As the path levels out, you’ll see a 2ft. high cairn to the right of the path.

7. Go approximately 40 paces further down the path from this cairn, until you reach a clearing on your left, where a wee cairn sits on your right.

8. From the middle of the path, go approximately 6 paces to your left (into the clearing).

9. You should see a mossy mound to your left. Approximately 200 degrees anti-clockwise from where you stand is a hole, and the box is hidden in the mound via this hole. If there’s a dead tree between you and the path, you have gone a little too far. It is worth using a stick to help you locate the box.

After finding, exchanging images and making your entry, please ensure the lid is tightly back in place and the box is hidden well out of sight.

For this box, you will need:
  • An inkpad
  • Compass
  • Something to write with
  • Gloves

Hidden On: 27/03/2004
Last Known Find: 02/08/2011 Please let us know your find