We met at the t-junction in Tweedsmuir; me coming across on the A701, and Jimmy coming cross-country via St Mary’s Loch and the Megget Stone. The original plan was to leave one car there, although the signage indicated that the large area was meant for timber lorries turning. So we took both cars up to the parking area at the far end of Fruid Reservoir.
at the off
Fruid Reservoir still as glass
initial ascent; follow the line of the forest
looking back down from near the summit
It was a squelchy slog up to Erie Hill; thereafter, things improved. There was a fair bit of up and downing between Garelet Dod, and Din Law, and finally Cap Law (none of which boasted summit markings), but we shortcutted a couple of corners, bypassed Din Law, and traversed around Garelot Dod on our return journey.
a rocky and somewhat steep gully between Garelet Dod and Din Law
toward Hart Fell from Cape Law
summit (Cape Law) selfie
toward White Coomb
It was a nice day—cloudy but dry, with the odd moment of sunshine peeking through. It wasn’t the compleation celebration that we’d tried to make happen on the day (soon, grasshoppa, soon), but it was very good to be out. I seem to easily lose motivation these days.
On my drive home, I took the B719, which cuts across to the M74; from there, the B7076 parallels the motorway to the Elvinfoot junction. The B719 drive was gorgeous—I could see all the way to the Solway Firth, and the autumn colours were stunning. I was home well before dark, after an enjoyable and satisfying outing.
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