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First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:06 pm

Route description: Cairnsmore of Fleet, near Newton Stewart

Grahams included on this walk: Cairnsmore of Fleet

Donalds included on this walk: Cairnsmore of Fleet

Date walked: 18/02/2013

Distance: 12.25 km

Ascent: 691m

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It’s been a frustrating start to the year in hill walking terms with the weather or other commitments getting in the way. A week in a cottage on the edge of the Galloway forest would hopefully provide us with an opportunity to kick start our efforts.


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Safe to say, we had very little in the way of expectation weather wise from our week in South West Scotland. As it turned out however the weather was great, far better than many a summer week spent north of the border. Following a walk around the Galloway forest on the Sunday we headed off up Cairnsmore of Fleet on the Monday.

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Snowdrops by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Finally out of the forestry plantation by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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View back down to the forestry by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The morning was a bit grey and misty but a chat with a friendly local boosted out confidence of summit views. It was quite soggy lower down but as we increased in height the ground started to get increasingly frozen and by the time we emerged from the forest the going was good and hard.

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I've found Snow! by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Inversion by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

As hoped the sun started to break through revealing a walk that was really quite Pennine in character. In spite of the sunshine and the inversion that was coming into view to the south it looked as if we would be deprived of summit views. Right on cue however as we made our way towards the memorial the cloud started to lift and we were rewarded with spectacular views to the south that were more like what you would see out of an aeroplane window.

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Out of the mist by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Summit View by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Frozen Cairn by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Cairnsmore of Fleet by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

We spent a while taking in the sights from CoF’s extensive summit plateau before heading down through the melting ice back to the car.

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View to the North by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Summit adornments by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The Walk up Cairnsmore of Fleet may not be a particularly exciting but with the extra magic that winter walking tends to provide it was a more than worthy outing.

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Floating River by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Rising mist by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Last edited by johnkaysleftleg on Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:19 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby Silverhill » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:56 pm

Congratulations on getting your first hill in! I will spend a few more months in frustration before I will get to the first hill of 2013 :lol:
Your pictures are first class! 8)
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby SusieThePensioner » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:55 pm

Glad you were able to get that first one done :D Some beautiful photos and particularly like the last one :thumbup:
I was over at Ullswater for a few days at the start of the week; fabulous weather with sun every day :lol:
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:49 pm

Silverhill wrote:Congratulations on getting your first hill in! I will spend a few more months in frustration before I will get to the first hill of 2013 :lol:
Your pictures are first class! 8)


Thank you very much. Any time I can't get out to the hills is torture, been desperate for a fix :lol:

SusieThePensioner wrote:Glad you were able to get that first one done :D Some beautiful photos and particularly like the last one :thumbup:
I was over at Ullswater for a few days at the start of the week; fabulous weather with sun every day :lol:


Thanks Susie, looks like you had the same weather, the start of the week was superb but Tuesday was on another level. We could clearly see the Lake District around 70 miles away from the top of Merrick. Report hopefully later today. :D
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:57 pm

I like this hill, sadly it has history due to the aircraft crashes on it, but all the same nice with the big sheltered cairns. :)
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:06 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:I like this hill, sadly it has history due to the aircraft crashes on it, but all the same nice with the big sheltered cairns. :)


It is indeed a fine summit. We spent quite a while exploring.
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby DaveB1 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:11 pm

Great report JK, very Pennine-like, but more expansive views I think. Glad you got the fix. Photos superb as usual :D
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby Tinto63 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Great photos as always. Another of the hills I like a lot, I finished my main Donalds on this hill last year and then went on to complete the New Donalds on Meikle Mullltaggart. Looks like you had great weather for the half term holiday.
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:51 pm

DaveB1 wrote:Great report JK, very Pennine-like, but more expansive views I think. Glad you got the fix. Photos superb as usual :D

Cheers Dave, I'd agree with the more expansive views, even when they were largely under cloud.

Tinto63 wrote:Great photos as always. Another of the hills I like a lot, I finished my main Donalds on this hill last year and then went on to complete the New Donalds on Meikle Mullltaggart. Looks like you had great weather for the half term holiday.


Cheers Tinto. The weather was as good as you could possibly hope for in Feb, Tuesday when we climbed Merrick was sensational.
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby rockhopper » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:12 pm

very nice, JK, and some great atmospheric photos - esp "Rising mist" - cheers :)
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:55 pm

rockhopper wrote:very nice, JK, and some great atmospheric photos - esp "Rising mist" - cheers :)


Thanks Rockhopper :thumbup:
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby soulminer » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:19 pm

A nice hill to start the year with :) Combine that with the eye for a good photo,and you have certainly won the proverbial watch :lol: Magic.
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Re: First hill of the year – Cairnsmore of Fleet

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:56 pm

soulminer wrote:A nice hill to start the year with :) Combine that with the eye for a good photo,and you have certainly won the proverbial watch :lol: Magic.


Cheers :thumbup:
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