The Hill of Clibberswick, Unst

This month we have a brand-new route for you; access route ARU07 far up north on Unst!

We’ve been working with local crofters, business, Unst Community Council and Unst Walkers Welcome to get agreement for, and to define a suitable route from Norwick to Clibberswick over The Hill of Clibberswick. It’s taken a while, but now we have a new 5.6km/3.5mile access route signed and available to use. About 3km/1.8mile of quiet road will take you from the finish back to the start or you could arrange a pick up from somebody.

You can download a PDF map of the route here, and get a GPX file for mobile gps devices or apps here

The walk is on uneven ground which can be wet in parts and obviously goes up and down a sizeable hill, so it could be challenging for some and there are obviously cliffs to be aware of.

Starting near the Norwick beach, there is a car park at the cemetery. From here walking past the white croft house you can follow the waymarks around the coast.

The views back to Norwick beach are wonderful...

New gates, stiles and ladder stiles have been installed along the way.

As you ascend Clibberswick Hill there are great views back to the impressive headland Lamba Ness and Saxavord Hill...

In the summer the cliffs are full of bird life, but even in the winter the fulmars can be quite a sight as they dance on the uplift of the cliffs and whales have been seen out to sea.

The ascent to the top is fairly gradual this side with a trig point to ‘tick off’ if that’s a thing you like to do, and as you’d expect the panoramic views are stunning.

After the summit the descent towards Clibberswick itself is a little steeper, but just take your time follow the coast and it will bring you back around to the edge of the working soapstone quarry. Two ladder stiles bring you back to the road there.

From there just under a couple of miles of quiet road will take you back to your starting point.

As always, please ensure you’re wearing appropriate footwear and clothing, take a drink and a snack and keep back from cliff edges. If you have a dog with you, please keep it on a lead; there are both sheep and ponies on this route as well as those high cliffs.

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