Arrived at Grey Mare's Tail car park just north of Moffat around 1145. Had an early lunch, packed a bit extra (and tea) and set out at 1230. We actually did the walk in reverse to the one recommended on the Walkhighlands website, so crossed the Tail burn soon after the top waterfall - bit of a scramble across rocks and H depended very much on N to find the right footing on the right (dry) stones, but got across still dry and walked gently up but mainly along the hillside following the burn till we reached the dry stane wall which is much reduced in height. Directions were then easy - we followed the wall up to the summit of White Coomb though the last bit we had to deviate right of the wall to avoid the crags and then walk left towards the rather small cairn that marks the top of White Coomb. Then returned to the wall and walked along the summits with a fantastic view of summits for as far as we could see. Sunshine all the way, with a good breeze on the plateau. Stopped after 3 hours walking for a sandwich and tea, just before a steep descent and rise again to Lochcraig Head (a Donald) where there was a great view down onto Loch Skeen that sits at the top of Grey Mare's Tail. A steep walk down Lochcraig Head with a LOT of bog, and around the Loch which meant we had to skirt way round to the left and then find our way back to the right towards the path - not too difficult though, then it was an easy walk back down the path by the Tail, but with jelly legs.
Back at the car at 1815, so just under 6 hours walking. Perhaps could have done it a bit faster if we were fitter! and hadn't stopped for lunch, but overall unlikely to want to do it quicker.
A great day's walking. It was good to get the climbing in early so this was a good way around to do the walk. It would also be good to do some of it starting at the tiny minor road that runs NE of White Coomb.
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