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Wether Hill, Galloway

The first available day with a good dry forecast for a fortnight tempted me south to a few miles west of Moniaive with Wether Hill in my sights. It was a straightforward two-hour twenty-minute drive with the temperature sub-zero all the way and dipping down to minus seven celsius. Wether route s.gif...
by McMole
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wether Hill, Galloway
Replies: 0
Views: 5

A fine day for Craiglee

With daylight hours shortening by the day I took the forecast of a dry day as an opportunity to do one of the longer walks on my wish list. Longer because of the distance I had to drive rather than how far I had to walk. From near Edinburgh to Bruce's Stone by Loch Troon took almost three hours driv...
by McMole
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A fine day for Craiglee
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Innerdownie

Innerdownie route ss.gif A 10:10 start from the Glen Sherup car park saw us on a frozen summit in about 1:40 hours. The first 3km were along a good forest road to reach a cairn that marked a well travelled fire-break straight through the forest for 300m to a gate to the open hillside. P1030934 s.JP...
by McMole
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Innerdownie
Replies: 0
Views: 14

Steele's Knowe from the north

The most exciting bit of the day - for me at least - was meeting an articulated lorry coming towards me on a single-track road without passing places as it rounded an uphill Z-bend. Thar required a 100m reverse to find a field entrance large enough to allow the artic to pass. After that it was smoot...
by McMole
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Steele's Knowe from the north
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Re: Going to Extremes to Truly Compleate the Donalds

Fife Flyer wrote:Many congrats, I had to look back and see when I did Cairnsmore and looking at the photos again it was a cracking day.


You definitely chose great weather for your first visit. Good luck selecting a similar day when you add those missing Donald Tops to your CV! :) :)
by McMole
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:42 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Going to Extremes to Truly Compleate the Donalds
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Going to Extremes to Truly Compleate the Donalds

In October 2017 a wet Cauldcleugh Head saw Jaywizz and I complete the 69 main Donald summits listed by Walk Highlands. To truly complete the Donalds, as pointed out by keeper of the list Dave Hewitt, the 51 subsidiary tops should also be visited. Since I had only noted 26 of them in my log I had 25 ...
by McMole
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Going to Extremes to Truly Compleate the Donalds
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: Liddesdale forests and road closures

Good to see these two Borders hills again. It's a useful report for anybody thinking about tackling them in the near future. Thanks for the name check too. I remember that day, and the wander through the Blackwood Hill wood well. There was something very stilling about it. Shame to see the terrain ...
by McMole
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Liddesdale forests and road closures
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Liddesdale forests and road closures

With weather and appointments apparently ruling out any walking for me over the next week, a good forecast on Monday saw me hazarding the Edinburgh bypass morning rush hour, and for once without much delay. For variety I took the A68 to Jedburgh then via Bonchester Bridge to the B6357 on my way to t...
by McMole
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Liddesdale forests and road closures
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Two Langholm Marilyn's and a Parking Problem Solved.

Great report and thanks for the mention, we seem to be gathering up the Borders Marilyn's between us. I have been using quite a few of your reports for the ones further south. Parking is always a challenge and it is just as well the Borders hills aren't popular yet. Only 15 hills left to visit down...
by McMole
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Two Langholm Marilyn's and a Parking Problem Solved.
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Two Langholm Marilyn's and a Parking Problem Solved.

Calkin Rig - 2.4hr, 8.6km, 376m $matches[2] The forecast was good and it was a Saturday so I didn't meet the usual early morning delays as I circled the Edinburgh bypass to the A7 on my way to Langholm and my first objective. I parked where others had and followed much the same route noting as I di...
by McMole
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Two Langholm Marilyn's and a Parking Problem Solved.
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Plan B for Nutberry Hill

When I set out I knew that I was relying on today's hill being unpopular. From other reports and Streetview I had seen that there was room for only one car to park at the start of the track to Priesthope, and there did not appear to be anywhere nearby for another. As half-expected, when I arrived I ...
by McMole
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:56 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Plan B for Nutberry Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 16

Roan Fell and a Twislehope welcome

A later than planned start led to a slower than desired rush hour crawl towards the Edinburgh bypass and then round it and onto the A7. From there it was an untroubled drive through Hawick then south along the B3799 to the single-track road past Hermitage Castle to park at the start of the track to ...
by McMole
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Roan Fell and a Twislehope welcome
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Pikethaw and Wisp Hills in the sun

It's always useful to check previous WH reports on a hill before tackling it yourself. That can recommend routes, guide you to interesting sights, and divert you away from unwelcome terrain. Not least it can help with access, especially finding a suitable parking spot for your vehicle. After reading...
by McMole
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Pikethaw and Wisp Hills in the sun
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Sim and John - a pair of Tumps

This was a walk that was almost cancelled at the last minute, but the forecast turned out to be correct and better than expected. The Met Office's early morning rain was pouring when I met Jaywizz and led to a discussion over coffee on whether to abandon our walk. The rain however was fading by quar...
by McMole
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sim and John - a pair of Tumps
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Mellock Hill

Jaywizz phoned on the Friday with a plan to climb Mellock Hill the next day. This is another Ochil neither of us had visited before. It's 'only' a 477m Tump, all of 20m lower than Innerdouny Hill 1.5km to the NW. Some pre-walk research found reports on it mentioning some extra challenges not on the ...
by McMole
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:00 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Mellock Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 40
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