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Tinto Circular via Lochlyoch Hill

Tinto Circular via Lochlyoch Hill


Postby SecretSquirrel » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:51 pm

Route description: Tinto from the north

Grahams included on this walk: Tinto

Donalds included on this walk: Tinto

Date walked: 02/03/2014

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 13.83 km

Ascent: 624m

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My original hill plans for today were put on hold when I had forgotten to set my alarm and overslept. Rather than miss a jaunt out, I looked for something closer to home and choose my old faithful hill Tinto. I've climbed Tinto many times, from the North and South routes, but today I wanted something different and decided on a circular route, starting from the north Tinto car park, ascending from the west ridge and returning on the standard north track.

Since i was doing something slightly different from the 2 standard routes, I thought it was about time I post my 1st walk report :D


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Starting from the Tinto car park off the A73, head along the road which initially runs parallel to the Tinto hill path, heading for Lochlyoch:
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Passing through the trees at Woodend:
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To the left of the road, a view of Maurice's Cleuch:
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At a fork in the road, the left goes to the Lochlyoch Reservoir and Trout farm, however, follow the road to the right, going through the farm:
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The road continues on the other side of the farm, following the Lochlyoch Burn:
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Take a left at the junction, heading for Howgate:
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Looking across to Tinto:
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The road passes by a small farm:
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Continue past the farm, through a gate, onto a trail:
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After dodging the obstacles, I took a sharp left at the gate, following a dry-stone wall and fence, gaining height heading for Lochlyoch Hill:
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At the edge of a forestry plantation, a wobbly style takes you across the other side of the fence to continue:
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Looking back down to Howgate Mouth:
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And looking on towards Lochlyoch Hill:
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Looking across to Lochlyoch and Cleuch Reservoirs:
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Some kind of mast ... a weather station maybe? on Lochlyoch Hill:
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Heading on for Tinto. Navigiation is pretty easy, just follow the wall:
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Continuing up Tinto and into the clag:
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Reaching the trig point:
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And on to the massive cairn and view finder:
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There wasn't much need to use the view finder today ... no views to be had in the clag:
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From the summit cairn, I followed the normal Tinto hill path for the descent:
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Almost back to the car park, and navigating the muddy paths which have been churned up into a quagmire after the recent rain:
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It was good afternoon out and mostly avoids the usual weekend hoards until the return.
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Re: Tinto Circular via Lochlyoch Hill

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:39 pm

Nice one SS, good to see one of my old local hills from a different angle. Wow that final section of the path at the base to the car park looks grim!!
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