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100 up on a clear winter stroll on Fell Hill

100 up on a clear winter stroll on Fell Hill

Postby wjshaw2 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:36 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Fell Hill

Date walked: 09/01/2014

Time taken: 2.45 hours

Distance: 6.28 km

Ascent: 217m

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This made a great winter's afternoon stroll, squelchy but lovely. We parked just where the forestry meets the road not far from the junction between the Corsock road and the wee road past Loch Urr towards Dunscore. From there the route choice is simple - follow the track to the woods, through them to Fell Cottage, and go straight up the hill from there.

Fell Hill.jpg
Fell Hill from near the road

Muddy track.jpg
Very muddy track - being reconstructed in places

Avenue of trees.jpg
Avenue of trees

Fell Cottage.jpg
Fell Cottage

Smelly mud around the cottage

There was a lot of mud and the track was under construction in places. It could well be used more soon if they want to retrieve anything from the many fallen trees following the recent storms. Fell Cottage is in a beautiful, isolated spot. A complete ruin with several outbuildings and lots of small walled enclosures around it. On many walks I think I've found my new project and this would be a good one. Resurface the track, straighten the walls, put on a roof and make it watertight, then take your time getting the rest right... Then I remember reality. Reality is good, but it's nice to dream.

From Fell Cottage there's about 500m to go up an occasionally reasonably steep slope and then you're rewarded with views all round. The Galloway Hills were in clouds to the west, but everything else, from Criffel to the Lowthers was great in the low, fading light.
Fell Hill top, looking SW.jpg
Fell Hill top, looking SW

Moniaive and towards the Lowthers.jpg
Moniaive and towards the Lowthers

The lovely smcm enjoying the afternoon light.jpg
The lovely smcm enjoying the afternoon light

Loch Urr below Bogrie Hill (on the left) off to the east.jpg
Loch Urr below Bogrie Hill

Return by the way you've come for a few hours' rewarding walk. A lovely way to bring up 100 Sub2000 footers.
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Re: 100 up on a clear winter stroll on Fell Hill

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:00 pm

Well done on the milestone :)
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Re: 100 up on a clear winter stroll on Fell Hill

Postby gmr82 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:28 pm

Well done on the century wjshaw2 - always enjoy your reports of the Subs (and others of course!)
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