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An unexpected brush with the Law
by PeteR » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:50 pm
Route description: Broad Law, Cramalt Craig and Dollar Law
Corbetts included on this walk: Broad Law
Donalds included on this walk: Broad Law, Cramalt Craig, Dollar Law
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Some hills are gentle, rolling moorland, with a fence to follow pretty much the whole way Steep-sided in places, but offering the opportunity for a wonderful stravaig on the second day of summer
Ideal for days when you……….
But it was a sunny day and would have been a waste not to make use of the good weather in some way!. So I decided on a trip to Border country and the Corbett/Donald of Broad Law Motorway, Moffatt and away we go Then the single track road from Tweedsmuir, which gives a real sense of being out in the middle of nowhere The sort of road that gives you the feeling you shouldn’t really be driving along it too. A cracking little road
101 miles later (101 miles?) and I was parked up (2 miles past the starting point, having motored passed Meggett Stone ) and heading back to the Meggett Stone and the easy climb up to Broad Law’s summit.
Given my late start I was on a timetable, so went storming up the initial climb (the only really steep climb of the day) to Fans Law and then more gradually to Cairn Law before the gradient eased greatly for the final stroll to Broad Law
And oh, what a lovely summit
Not the best, it has to be said, but once you see beyond the detritus around you there were still views to be had
Didn’t hang around though; given my late start I had that timetable to keep to
I could have bagged just the Corbett and headed back down, but that would have been a heck of a round trip for a 2 hour walk I had a circuit planned, bagging a couple of extra Donalds on the way.
There was an unexpectedly steep, but easy descent off Broad Law down to the saddle with the former Corbett of Cramalt Craig. It was then a fair pull up to the second Donald of the day. Felt a bit odd having the summit cairn sat so close to a modern fence
Still, better views than from Broad Cairn
Now it was stravaig time
From this point it was a gentle, if fairly speedy, amble over Dun Law and Fifescar Law and the third and final Donald of the day, Dollar Law
More nice views from here too. Probably the best of the three summits in my view Probably as it was the furthest away from civilisation.
Still, I had that timetable to keep, so I was soon off; heading back to the saddle with Fifescar Law and the path skirting around the rim of Cowie Cleuch (I think )
Immediately after climbing a gate the route heads to the right and picks up an ugly hill track down to the road. Well, I say ugly. It was ugly higher up, but had mellowed a bit lower down, with good views back up toward the high ground
Back on the road and it was a short walk back, alongside the attractive Meggett Reservoir and to my car. Fourteen miles in five and a half hours. By my standards – a sprint
I appreciate these Lowland hills won’t be everybody’s cup of tea. And this route did give me an odd sense. As much as I enjoyed the walk and there are some good (if different) vistas to be had, it did take on the character of a training walk as I sped round it. Having said that, I enjoyed it all the same and all in all it was worth the road trip Far better than not getting out, that’s for sure
My next walk will probably see me back in the Highlands though on some of those pointy type hills……..
by rockhopper » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:35 pm
by BobMcBob » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:37 pm
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by Fife Flyer » Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:46 pm
I will be heading down that way to venture up the majority of the Border hills, they had not been on my radar until I joined this site