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Corserine & Cairnsmore

Corserine & Cairnsmore


Postby rockhopper » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:08 am

Route description: Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells, Forrest Lodge

Corbetts included on this walk: Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, Corserine

Donalds included on this walk: Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, Corserine, Meikle Millyea, Milldown

Date walked: 30/11/2014

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 30 km

Ascent: 1600m

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Date: Sunday 30 November 2014
Time taken: 8hrs 30mins (incl stops 1hr 10mins, excl drive in between)
Distance: 30km approx
Ascent: 1,600m approx
Attendees: me

Left early for the relatively short drive down past Carsphairn then up the single track road to the car park near Forrest Lodge.

Corserine / Milldown / Meikle Millyea


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Set off from the car around 0700hrs – only needed the head torch for about the first half hour.

The sky was quite clear at this point for the walk up through the forest going anti-clockwise

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Forestry 4x4 doing the rounds

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Pre dawn

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Quite a few signs going up through the trees to point the way. Found the big boulder and crossed the burn.

Once on the open hillside the sun started to appear

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Small cairn on the way up

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Going round the top of the corrie, could see over to the Donald, Carlin’s Cairn – clag blew over not long after and decided not to walk over to it

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Extremely faint brocken spectre

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Trig point

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Mist blowing over then clearing with the sun strong in between. Headed off down the Rhinns of Kells.

Very faint fog bow

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Mist clearing a little

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West towards the Galloway hills

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Looking back

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Loch Dungeon

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Westwards again

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Up over Millfire then on to Milldown

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Then on towards Meikle Millyea

Lochan

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Looking back

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Trig point on Meikle Millyea

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Could see another cairn in the distance which looked as though it could be a wee bit higher so walked over to it – don’t think it was any higher though

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Returned to the trig then the return leg down NE

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Looking over towards Corserine

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Met a few walkers on the way down. Back at the car, the car park was now pretty busy. Unpacked and drove off up to Carsphairn.

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn


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Parked in the wee layby just off the A713 at the Green Well. Had some lunch then set off up the track towards Cairnsmore.

Dunool in the distance with Cairnsmore shrouded in cloud

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Looking back to where I’d been in the morning, more cloud had arrived there as well

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Up the track, walked past Willeanna then straight up Dunool

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Into the cloud for the walk up Black Shoulder

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Occasional glimpses when the cloud cleared but then it clagged over again.

Another faint fog bow

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Summit in clag – waited for a wee bit but no sign of it clearing so set off on the descent following beside the dry stane dyke.

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Lower down the mist did clear but stayed around on the higher ground

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Got back to the car in the fading light just after 1600hrs

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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:14 am

Almost looks like the Highlands :lol: :lol:

Good report :clap:
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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby kev_russ » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:59 am

Bootiful :)
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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby weaselmaster » Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:15 am

A good couple of hills to pair off, RH - makes for a good stroll
You had cracking weather - like the pics, esp the sun over the trig point
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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby BlackPanther » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:50 am

We saw a fog bow on Sunday, too, but didn't catch it...

I love all shots of cloud "creeping in" over the hills. Ah, and good to know, I'm not the only one keen on photographing trigpoints :lol:
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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:13 pm

Great photos - lovely introduction to this area for me. This has been an amazing November all over the country. Thanks :D
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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby Tinto63 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:16 am

Nice photos on what looks like a great day. The south-west top of Meikle Millyea at NX516825 is 3m higher than the trig point and is the Donald. Good job you walked over to it. (if you are ticking the Donalds!)
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Re: Corserine & Cairnsmore

Postby PerthAlly » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:32 am

Lovely report.

I grew up down there and walked those hills as a kid.

Your photos are perfect. I'm getting sentimental now :)
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