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Dun Rig and a round of Donalds
by john923 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:20 pm
Route description: Dun Rig Horseshoe, Peebles
Grahams included on this walk: Dun Rig
Donalds included on this walk: Birkscairn Hill, Dun Rig, Glenrath Heights, Stob Law
Date walked: 17/04/2011
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 23.9 km
Ascent: 1028mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Continued past the tarmac end of the road to an info panel about the Old Drove Road and turned right through the gate down to the stream - the ascent up the drove road starts the other side of the footbridge.
Views quickly opened up, both back towards the town and ahead to the hills.
The track makes steady progress past Kailzie hill to Kirkhope Law - here looking ahead to Birkscairn Hill..
..with the days gradual ascent so far visible behind.
Eventually Birkscairn Hill is reached - view over to the next bit of the round, Stake Law and Dun Rig.
A new fence runs parallel to a line of old posts going up to Stake Law. I liked the hairy lichen tops of the old posts.
We had our lunch break on Dun Rig, with our backs against the gate and enjoying the spring sunshine - and then a quick pose for the obligatory trig point photo.
We skirted around towards Glenrath Heights, keeping to the higher ground, and this was one of the softer sections of the route,..
..but the flatter tops of Middle Hill (the actual top) and Broom Hill were much easier going even if summit area is nothing to write home about.
The out-and-back detour to Stob Law was a bit of a slog in the hot afternoon sunshine, here the view from Broom Hill,..
..although you do get a view north into the secluded valley of Hundles Hope.
Eventually made it to the top - here looking back to Broom Hill - and found the small pile of stones that marks Stob Law's summit. A lot of effort for a blue tick on the map!
At least there was another trig point photoshoot on Hundleshope Heights..
..and then the pleasant gradual descent following the quad bike tracks down the Dead Side ridge.
Despite the fact that it was the weekend and a lovely sunny day we saw no-one on the hills all day - it seems like the Borders is the place to come to escape the crowds. A good day out.
by Graeme D » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:42 pm
by Paul_Antonia » Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:22 pm
Some lovely leg stretchers to the north of the town too.
by Klaasloopt » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:33 pm
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