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Lamington Hill

Lamington Hill

Postby ngm1scot » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:34 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Lamington Hill

Date walked: 17/10/2011

Time taken: 1.75 hours

Distance: 6.25 km

Ascent: 282m

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Started at the car park by Lamington Church on the A702 and took a right back along to the minor road to Baitlaws.
An easy start to an easy walk
This is an easy tarmacced road and makes for a pleasant start to the walk

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The gate on the left just before the Baitlaws House is signposted for Walkers and is a wee bit muddy as it goes under the trees but then becomes a firmer path. At the foot of the hill take go through the gate and down to the burn. Again fairly muddy and slippery - today especially as the leaves had fallen on top of mud. Its a very cute bridge over the burn.
What a cute alternative to getting wet feet

After this its fairly easy going across a grassy landrover track which runs alongside the Bottom Burn.
Easy going - but still no sign of the hill...
Soon the track starts to rise slightly and gets a bit muddy and waterlogged, and then we got a good view of our target. If you keep going past the trees which emerge on the right you end up at Cowgill Loch but today I had to be back in Glasgow by 5pm so it was
Lamington Hill
straight up the hill. There is a clear track off to the left but as it dips down to the burn, it is extremely wet although you can bypass most of it by climbing a wee bit off the track. After that it's a straightforward climb up to the western ridge of the hill.
up we go!
Once at the top of the path, take a right and head on straight up (literally!) to the top.
The final pull up to the top.
The earthworks noted on the map are virtually invisible close up - well they are to the uninformed walker.
The ultimate proof.
. Although Lamington is not very high, the views are good with Tinto dominating. I had no map with me today so just enjoy the pictures without worrying too much what the hills are.
All I can say is I'll be back to try some more of these delightful beasties.
The route back is clear and easy although I think I took a marginally more awkward way. When i got to the point where I joined the ridge I simply followed the main path Westwards.
The return path heading West across and down the ridge
After a wee bit the wall (on the right) does a kind of bend but has a gate and a stile. I think it's probably a more interesting route if you follow this instead but I simply kept on the ridge path which contoured round the top of the slope. Gradually it became more of a sheep path than a track but was still easily do-able. When I saw the gate before the Ford down below, I simply crossed down the hillside through the sheep and back on to the original path.
Sheep territory
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Re: Lamington Hill

Postby orion » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:38 pm

It`s a nice wee hill and very handy for a half day out from Glasgow.
Black Mount,just up the road at Dolphinton,and nearby Mendick Hill are both worth a visit on a clear day.
This was Black Mount last December...
Tinto from Black Mount.
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Re: Lamington Hill

Postby ngm1scot » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:16 pm

That looks like fun. I'm not sure how I will handle snow as this is my first year doing the hillwalking. At least in the "borders" you're not very likely to fall into a crevasse on these "nice wee hills". Thanks for the suggestion, Alex
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