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moorfoots, ohhh the bogs!!!

moorfoots, ohhh the bogs!!!


Postby jac the lassie » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:04 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Blackhope Scar, Windlestraw Law

Donalds included on this walk: Blackhope Scar, Bowbeat Hill, Dundreich, Whitehope Law, Windlestraw Law

Date walked: 14/10/2014

Time taken: 12 hours

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For various reasons I'm struggling to get days off to head to the munros. This was getting me down a bit, till I discovered the donalds and grahams within 40mins drive!

These are hills that can be walked in a few hours, so can be done after work ( I finish about 3/4 most days)! Great test of navigation to as there are very few paths, but damn they got some bogs!
First came Dundreich! A lovely 2 hour walk from portmore loch via a huge ring fort. No real bog, so lulled me into a false sense of security.

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Dundreich


Then came windlestraw last week :roll: I did this from b709

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Windlestraw law

I haven't long done ben oss etc. This was soooo much worse than the bog at the beginning of that. Rising damp to ma knees, lol. If I had to do this again, I'd take waders :lol:

Then I did Whitehope law on sunday

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Whitehope law


Did this from the leithen estate. Rather a nice forestry track then swing back east onto pathless heather grouse moor.
Warning= the estates spaniel often follows walkers up here.
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Stalker!

I spent the whole walk to the summit and full walk down panicking about what to about about this hanger on. Till I got to the lodge and was asked if I'd had company! :roll: :shock:

And today I got finished at 2, so ran to get the last two. Blackhope scar and bowbeat hill.
I started on the wh route
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Peel tower

Then came the bog
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Bog

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More bog!!!

Then finally the summit of blackhope
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Blackhope scar

Then more pathless bog till the wind farm
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Bowbeat windfarm

Then I got a stunning view over to Glenrath heights

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Glenrath heights from bowbeat


As I only had an hours light left I cut down to the centre of the valley to get onto the farm track on the OS map. This provided to be a time consuming slog through heather and slippy bog with huge leg eating holes.
With huge relief I made it onto the track

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In hindsight I'd probably have been quicker just finishing the wh route, going up Dundreich then back to the cottage. :roll: but it was an adventure!
Just enough light to get back to the van. :D

Moorfoots done! :D

Now.... what else is within an hours drive............ :wink:
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Re: moorfoots, ohhh the bogs!!!

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:06 pm

Nice one & thanks for posting :wink:
May follow in your footsteps over the coming months, watching out for the damp spots :lol:
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