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Lousie Wood Law & Dun Law Circular From Glenochar

Lousie Wood Law & Dun Law Circular From Glenochar

Postby SecretSquirrel » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:35 pm

Donalds included on this walk: Dun Law, Lousie Wood Law

Date walked: 04/10/2014

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 8.96 km

Ascent: 573m

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My plan for today had been Beinn Dearg at Blair Atholl. I woke up at 5:30, still dark and the rain battering against the windows. Although I knew the forecast was for dry weather by 10-11am and bright skies in the afternoon, the temptation was too strong and I turned over, pulled the covers tight and drifted off to sleep with the noise of the rain.

When I woke up later, and wandered into the kitchen for coffee, my boots were sitting there looking nice and clean, primed for the hills. I needed to get out on the hills :wink: I needed a shorter walk and preferably a short drive. I had been in the Leadhills last weekend, and had ticked off 3 Donalds from Wanlockhead. This had left the 2 eastern Donalds still to be done. WH didn't have a published route for these 2, so after a little research I decided to tackle these from Glenochar since it gave a circular route.

The walk starts from the Glenochar Bastle House car park. Bastle House is an interesting site giving a glimpse into the agricultural life & history of the area. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have been maintained and the signs & notices are deteriorating, its a shame because I can imagine this being a popular family visit in the summer. I followed a swampy path with an occasional way-post poking out from the long grasses, reaching the Bastle ruins, I took to the open hillside, heading NNW up Coupland Gair, just to the right of Rae Cleuch, reaching a fence-line which leads up to the summit of Lousie Wood Law.

From the summit of Lousie, I backtracked to the fence and continued to follow it towards Dun Law. This involved descending Black Law into Windgate Hass and ascending White Law. This is fairly steep, but nothing difficult, and the fence follows all the way. Up to this point the rain had stayed away, but as i crossed White Law the heavens opened and I got a soaking before getting the waterproof trousers and jacket on :crazy: I really should learn not to wait and get them on quicker :lol: There was also some pretty big hail stones getting thrown at me, which really stung!

The summit of Dun Law is modestly adorned with 3 white rocks marking the top. Although not shown on the 25k OS map, there is a junction of 2 fences near the summit and a fence heads SE for the decent onto Kneesend. A turn west coming of Kneesend leads towards the Glenochar Burn which I followed back to the Bastle and the return to the car park.

This is a short walk, but one I'd really recommend, and I can imagine this being a real cracker in the winter

Starting off at Glenochar

The 17th century history of the farming sted

House/Byre, building no. 8 on the site

Heading up Coupland gair and following the fence line onto Lousie Wood Law

View to Lowther Hill and Green Lowther

Local wildlife!

Summit of Lousie Wood Law

Dun Law - with the radio mast from Green Lowther behind

Windgate Hass, a steep climb down and back up onto White Law

Looking back across to Black Law

Dun Law, from White Law

Dun Law summit

Looking back across to Lousie Wood Law from Kneesend

Peden Burn leading to a reservoir

The return along Glenochar to the Bastle

View back to Dun Law (centre) and Kneesend (left)
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Re: Lousie Wood Law & Dun Law Circular From Glenochar

Postby Silverhill » Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:22 pm

You still got some nice pictures despite the rain. That must be the advantage sometimes when doing Donalds?
Well done for still getting out! :D
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Re: Lousie Wood Law & Dun Law Circular From Glenochar

Postby rockhopper » Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:44 pm

Looks a good walking area :thumbup:
Have been looking at corbett/donald mixes down this way but must keep this in mind - cheers :)
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Re: Lousie Wood Law & Dun Law Circular From Glenochar

Postby swedos01 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:41 pm

I tried this one, 2nd October 2015. Went up the wrong hill at the start. But still had a barry time - I climbed that biggest hill which was all that really mattered. Didn't matter that there's nae paths, there's plenty quad bike tracks to follow, plenty secluded gullies to have a quick shuftie in - there's few better feelings than shuftying out in the wilderness, gadgies ken what I mean. But don't wipe your bell with thon grass, cuts you up bad.
Coming down that Kneesend is difficult in wellies, loads of rabbit holes and so steep. Made it down to the burn for a much needed drink (forgot to bring some water, but a crunchie and a double decker had kept me going to this point). The water in the burn was pure pure man, I felt like that Ray Mears gadge. Stopped again at thon hooses on my way back to the motor, show my respects to those who used to live off this land, thought I'd treat them to a bit of Electronic's 'For You' from my phone likesay. the zenith of Johnny Marr's tune writing, no? I think the old ghost gadgies were probably dancing along, thankful that I'd been and thought about them and hadn't just looked at their hooses and walked up the hill like everyone else.
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Re: Lousie Wood Law & Dun Law Circular From Glenochar

Postby Pheebs273 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:30 pm

Thank you for this walk :clap: - I saw these hills when I was doing the walk around the Lowther hills but I couldn't find a walk published on WH for them. Looks like a more easy going route, will definitely be trying it soon on a lazy day! :D
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