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A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.


Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:42 pm

Donalds included on this walk: Comb Law

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Well Hill

Date walked: 21/03/2013

Time taken: 4.4 hours

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Parked just before the mast on the A702 and took to the track. First obsticle were a herd of cows with calves who approached me as i approached the gate. I opened the gate and went through but the cows didn't back off and i was a bit concerned about my safety. I decided to stick by the fence rather than the track as they watched my every move edging closer as i walked. Eventually they realised i was no threat and i got back on the track before climbing the slopes of Well Hill. It was hard going in the snow and once at the summit i headed east down the steep slopes made easier by the covering of snow, however the climb to Rodger Law was hard going again with again soft and occasionally deep snow the reason for this. Coming off Rodger Law was fairly easy again due to the snow with not much of a climb to get to Comb Law. There was no cairn on Comb Law and i think the summit was where the fences met at the corner. From here i headed firstly towards Meikle Shag then down towards the track, making sure i avoided the cows. This did involve climbing over a few fences but i wanted home in one piece. A tough wee walk in the conditions, taking 4hrs 40 mins.

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Well Hill from the start

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Cows backing off

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Well Hill summit

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Summit view

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Rodger Law

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Black Hill

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On way to Rodger Law

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Well Hill

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Rodger Law

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Rodger Law summit

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Comb Law

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View east

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Comb Law

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Route down
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby quoman » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:06 pm

These hills remind me of the Ochills same shape.. it looks like you could walk over them all the snow looks deep.
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby Tinto63 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:15 pm

Looks a good walk JC, but know how tough these hills can be in the snow. There was a small cairn on Comb Law when I was there (9/4/11) on a very nice spring day, just about where you took the photograph of the wall/fence, but probably well covered in snow at the moment. I did a slightly different circuit but reverse way round; parking in the old quarry 50m south of Overfingland, then Meikle Shag, Comb Law, Ballencleuch Law, Scaw'd Law, Durisdeer Hill and back on the Roman Road. I agree about the cattle, friendly and noisy.

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Comb Law "cairn"
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:48 pm

Cheers Q :D Tinto63, cheers for that. There was a little lump in the snow which i took to be just grass but as with a lot of the summits in the lowlands the cairns are generally quite small. I'm going to return to do the Graham and other Donalds from the south approach at some point after reading the other reports on these hills. Cheers again :D
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby pigeon » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:53 pm

Rodger Law?I worked with him for a while :lol: :lol: I hate coos Johnny,would have given those a wide berth too :? Nice report,another area i must try and get to one day :thumbup:
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:56 pm

pigeon wrote:Rodger Law?I worked with him for a while :lol: :lol: I hate coos Johnny,would have given those a wide berth too :? Nice report,another area i must try and get to one day :thumbup:
Thanks, some nice walking down this way and it's only just 1hr 30 mins away from home so great for doing before a night shift. :D
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby rockhopper » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:19 pm

Aye - you do have a knack of finding nice walks on good weather days, JC - another enjoyable day there - cheers :)
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Re: A Sub, a Graham top and a Donald.

Postby Sarah86 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:55 pm

Great photos, it is like a sea of white, lovely snowy views
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