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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: 0
Views: 54

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: 146

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: 146

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: 7

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: 11

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: 23

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: 21

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: 31

Another Donald top and several ex-Donalds

A good forecast encouraged me south to one of the three Donald tops I had still to collect. It is the most easterly Donald and the only one that is not a summit of any kind. It is the highest point on the Scotland/England border - the West Top of Cairn Hill. When I'd been there climbing Windy Gyle t...
by McMole
Sun May 26, 2019 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Another Donald top and several ex-Donalds
Replies: 0
Views: 29

Re: A Brace of Clatteringshaws Marilyns

Horrible tussocky, wet, ground that felt like walking on a badly sprung trampoline.. That's an excellent description (except it was mostly bone dry), and I wish I'd thought of it. It certainly sums up the experience! Ah, but Craignell. There's a different thing entirely. Great little hill with fine...
by McMole
Sun May 19, 2019 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A Brace of Clatteringshaws Marilyns
Replies: 2
Views: 241

A Brace of Clatteringshaws Marilyns

With a forecast of unbroken sunshine, zero probability of rain and gentle winds, Monday was definitely a day for the hills. I decided on visiting one or two Galloway Marilyns that had been on my wish list for some time. Craignell - 7.7km, 360m, 2.9 hrs $matches[2] An early start from home saw me par...
by McMole
Fri May 17, 2019 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A Brace of Clatteringshaws Marilyns
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Some Eastern Ochils

I'd never ventured far into the eastern Ochils until the opportunity came along recently to accompany Jaywizz around some of her local peaks. Many of the hills and the country between them appeared on the 1:25,000 OS map to present the challenge of navigating through dense continuous forest. Before ...
by McMole
Thu May 02, 2019 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Some Eastern Ochils
Replies: 0
Views: 40

Return to the Glen Artney peat hags

For variety this was an anti-clockwise circuit of the Glen Arney Donalds, but this time including Meall Clachach that I'd missed through ignorance of its status in 2016. Meall Clachach route s.jpg Starting at 9am from the church car park I was soon walking up beside the Water of Ruchill and crossing...
by McMole
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Return to the Glen Artney peat hags
Replies: 0
Views: 38

The Kips and Scald Law

Monday had the best forecast of the whole week and the sun was shining, so off I went to to walk over a Pentland or three before the promised showers arrived later in the day. It had been a year or two since I'd been over the Kips from Threipmuir so I decided to take that route and view the destruct...
by McMole
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:45 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Kips and Scald Law
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Extreme W Donald and nearby Craiglee

With temperatures hitting record highs for February across the UK and a sunny day forecast, Monday was not a day to be missed. I headed to Galloway Forest Park to collect one of my missing Donald tops, Caerloch Dhu AKA Shalloch on Minnoch, North Top - the extreme west Donald. Since it was a weekday ...
by McMole
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:31 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Extreme W Donald and nearby Craiglee
Replies: 0
Views: 42
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