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Limited thrills on Wideford Hill

My car needed a new exhaust so I took the boat into Kirkwall for the first time in four months and was glad for a change of scene, even if it was only "the toon". Wideford Hill is arguably the easiest Scottish Marilyn. There's a road to the clutch of aerials and transmitters at the top and...
by thepigguy
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Limited thrills on Wideford Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 97

The great Whitehopes

Sunday September 13 Donald: Whitehope Heights (10/89) Distance: 9.5km. Ascent: 564m Ok, so it looks like I'm bagging Donalds now. Travelling back from the south west of England I spotted an opportunity for a little hill time. I set off from Bristol at 3.45am and at 9.30 I was astonished to find myse...
by thepigguy
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The great Whitehopes
Replies: 0
Views: 611

Quickest way to High Willhays

$matches[2] The most interesting routes to the highest point in southern England are probably from the east or the west, but a decent, short walk can be had, starting near Okehampton camp. I got to the end of the public road by the camp and carried on, taking a right turn at the cattle grid onto th...
by thepigguy
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:40 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Quickest way to High Willhays
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: Seven Fife Marilyns...in a day

Excellent stuff. I'd been looking at something similar for my next trip south, but had reckoned five hills was my limit. I'd better buck up my ideas!
by thepigguy
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Seven Fife Marilyns...in a day
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Take a walk to the Westside

$matches[2] Yeah, I know - ANOTHER Fitty Hill walk report, but to be fair this includes much of the excellent Westside walk and some of Westray that tourists never see. We started from home which is near the crossroads startpoint on the map where there is a layby next to the postbox or the island b...
by thepigguy
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Take a walk to the Westside
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Culter Fell and Chapelgill Hill

$matches[2] Two days after toiling up Tinto on a breathless afternoon, I was again driving through Biggar, this time planning to tackle Culter Fell, which turned out to be a big improvement on its near-neighbour. The best and worst thing about being in the early stages of a hill-walking adventure i...
by thepigguy
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Culter Fell and Chapelgill Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 594

Heavy legs on Tinto

This was my first trip south from Orkney in five months - in fact my first trip away from the 11x4-mile island of Westray - so it seemed best to keep it simple on my first new hill since the start of March. Tinto seemed just the job. Not fantastically exciting, but a straightforward, fairly short cl...
by thepigguy
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:25 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Heavy legs on Tinto
Replies: 0
Views: 439

Windlestraw Law trade route

our_route.gpx I didn't have a lot of time to spare while on a visit to Edinburgh to see my son and daughter, but I thought a Sunday afternoon following the SMC route around Windlestraw Law, Bareback Knowe and Whitehope Law would be about right. I won't go into huge detail - the route is very simple...
by thepigguy
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Windlestraw Law trade route
Replies: 0
Views: 431

Innerdownie - two falls and a submission

$matches[2] Nearly a week into my trip south a couple of sub-2000 outings and plenty of walking round the streets of Edinburgh convinced me I was ready for something more challenging, so I got back on the trail of Percy Donald's 1932 list of hills and tops. The Glen Sherup circuit has always looked...
by thepigguy
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Innerdownie - two falls and a submission
Replies: 5
Views: 755

Upper crust in North Berwick

P1000441JPG.jpg A trip up North Berwick Law on a sunny day is always a treat and a decent lunch in your rucksack makes it extra special. I'd spent the morning in Edinburgh trying to sort out a new car and by midday I was about ready to do murder. Feeling the need to blow off some steam, I caught th...
by thepigguy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Upper crust in North Berwick
Replies: 0
Views: 470

First of the year - Lamington Hill

our_route.gpx This one didn't go exactly to plan. I was in Edinburgh visiting my son and daughter and looking forward to my first new hills of the year. A stomach bug which had hit me while on the Kirkwall-Aberdeen ferry had left me feeling a little jaded, but I was perky enough a couple of days la...
by thepigguy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: First of the year - Lamington Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 474

Holiday on the buses

our_route.gpx Back in February, inspired by the SMC Grahams and Donalds book, I set off up snowy Dundreich in the hope of following Percy Donald around many, most or perhaps even all the 140 hills and tops - maybe the first Orcadian Donald bagger. A month later I was flat on my back struggling with...
by thepigguy
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Holiday on the buses
Replies: 1
Views: 775

Quiraing circuit

$matches[2] Three days after leaving Orkney, I finally made it to Skye. Waking up with a sore knee after hammering down the track on Little Wyvis the day before, I took it easy with a couple of low level strolls, some sightseeing and the mother of all ice creams in Kyle of Lochalsh, before finally ...
by thepigguy
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Quiraing circuit
Replies: 0
Views: 774

Re: A wild and lonely start to the Grahams

I did the boggy lump of Meall Dola a few weeks ago in wet conditions (didn't know it had been on anyone else's radar!!) - the key to success was wearing wellies :lol: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=93450 I notice some folk on WH going walking in wellies. Sadly they gi...
by thepigguy
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A wild and lonely start to the Grahams
Replies: 6
Views: 1068

Re: A wild and lonely start to the Grahams

Hello....Would appear to be much safer to approach from West to reach the start of this hill. :) The turn-off from the A9 was missed by us when coming up from the South when trying to leave the 'racetrack', having turned around you then have to a risky turn right on a bend, for an even more hazardo...
by thepigguy
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A wild and lonely start to the Grahams
Replies: 6
Views: 1068
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