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Corserine and Rhinns of Kells walk

Corserine and Rhinns of Kells walk

Postby kerryboat » Wed Sep 28, 2022 1:50 pm

Route description: Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells, Forrest Lodge

Corbetts included on this walk: Corserine

Donalds included on this walk: Corserine, Meikle Millyea, Milldown

Date walked: 24/09/2022

Time taken: 5.75 hours

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Loved this walk and got a glorious day for it!

The parking and forestry paths leading to and from the hills are very well signed, although I would recommend reading the notice board in the car park as it will warn you of any potential diversions (there was one near Folk Burn whilst we were there). I know some walkers don't like too much forestry but you fair chew the miles up quickly and you are always going up, up, up the way on the approach to the hills and always going down, down,down on the way back- not too much in the way of depressing undulation.

As well as the good very well established hill paths on the way up to Corserine and the way down from Meikle Millyea, there were faint paths and atv tracks all the way in between as well as the excellent wall to help guide you for the latter part of the hills section of the walk, although you could potentially lose sight of these in poor visibility, particularly in the boggier parts. As it goes, I would recommend doing this walk with decent visibility as the views over to the Dungeon Hills and Range Of The Awful Hand were magnificent; the rugged rockiness of the Dungeon Hills made them look shot through with molten silver or maybe mercury.

Once at the top of the initial hill path, you are pretty much at the summit of Corserine and any more ascent is negligible from here on in, so miles of glorious ridge walking with not much more effort. We were treated to an awesome display by a red kite on the way down from Corserine and going towards Millfire.

I was a wee bit apprehensive at the mention of a steep scrambly section- I'm really not a scrambler and can only deal with the easiest and smallest of scrambles- but this bit was very, very short and easily dealt with by sticking to the don't be glum, get on your bum rule- it isn't a scramble at all, just a wee bit where you need to be cautious. Most of the descent is fairly gentle and this bit is really not far from the bottom where you join back with the forestry tracks.

The Walk Highlands guide was very straightforward and accurate, and I would thoroughly recommend this walk to anyone that loves their hill walking.
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