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Broad Law....with a difference (Cramalt Crag and Hunt Law)

Broad Law....with a difference (Cramalt Crag and Hunt Law)


Postby kiltedbiggles2 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:24 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Broad Law

Donalds included on this walk: Broad Law, Cramalt Craig

Date walked: 12/09/2020

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 18.86 km

Ascent: 1022m

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Broad Law, Cramalt Crag and the Donald Top Hunt Law from Hearthstane Farm

Something a bit different as some our party had done Broad Law from the Megget Stone multiple times

Also, Donald Tops are being bagged as the SMC now requires all Donald Tops as well as Donald's to record a full round

Photos to follow in a later edit

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Clock Tower at Hearthstane Farm


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Start of the Ascent


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Hearthstane Burn


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DVOR Beacon looming out of the clag near summit
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Re: Broad Law....with a difference (Cramalt Crag and Hunt La

Postby gaffr » Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:10 pm

Apart from walks in the Pentland Hills, when at School, the trip down to Broad Law and neighbours was our next visit to the hills. :) Bus to Peebles, walk up the Manor Valley, camp and then onto Dun Law, Cramalt Craig and Broad Law. Down to Talla Linnfoots then out to Twedsmuir, Bus back to the city.
seems to be quite a bit of 'furniture' around on Broad Law nowadays.
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Re: Broad Law....with a difference (Cramalt Crag and Hunt La

Postby thedonalds » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:27 pm

A little something that might be of interest. The ascent of Broad Law by way Glenheurie Rig was a favourite of Professor Veitch (1829–1894) Professor of Logic at the University of St Andrews & Glasgow, a Peebles man and author of several books on The Borders and the SMC website has a record of one such day, which seems very like yours.

“According to arrangement, the Club met at the Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir, on Friday the 27th February (1891). On Saturday morning, about a quarter before ten, three Members and a friend—Professors Ramsay and Veitch; Mr Hugh Smith, Langside; and Dr Thomas H. Bryce, Glasgow—started for the ascent of the Broadlaw. The day was very windy and lowering, and the clouds lay dark on the highest tops. The route was up the Heystane Burn, to where it divides, and then up the Glenheurie Rig, the long slope which lies between the Glenheurie Burn and the upper grain of the Heystane Burn. The highest summit of Broadlaw (or Braidalb), 2,754 feet, was reached in a little over an hour and a half. The mist on the top was so dense that there was absolutely no view”.


I have done Broad Law on numerous occasions over the years and if my companions were new to the hill I occasionally used to try to fool them with ‘magic’. If we were lucky a plane would fly over while we were near the top and by waving my walking pole at it and exclaiming “Abracadabra” the plane would, as if by magic, heel over and turn about 20 degrees east. It usually took folk about 30 seconds to figure out what was going on…….
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Re: Broad Law....with a difference (Cramalt Crag and Hunt La

Postby gaffr » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:50 am

Many thanks for the information. I guess that there were few flights into the Scottish airports in 1957....seems like a very distant era. :) Obviously a huge history from this area of the Borders. We came across, in the Manor Valley, the wee house of Davie Ritchie who provided a character for the Scottish novelist in one of his Border tales.
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