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Corserine & Cairnsmore
by 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: 1600m5 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Time taken: 8hrs 30mins (incl stops 1hr 10mins, excl drive in between)
Distance: 30km approx
Ascent: 1,600m approx
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
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
Forestry 4x4 doing the rounds
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
Small cairn on the way up
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
Extremely faint brocken spectre
Mist blowing over then clearing with the sun strong in between. Headed off down the Rhinns of Kells.
Very faint fog bow
Mist clearing a little
West towards the Galloway hills
Up over Millfire then on to Milldown
Then on towards Meikle Millyea
Trig point on Meikle Millyea
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
Returned to the trig then the return leg down NE
Looking over towards Corserine
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
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
Looking back to where I’d been in the morning, more cloud had arrived there as well
Up the track, walked past Willeanna then straight up Dunool
Into the cloud for the walk up Black Shoulder
Occasional glimpses when the cloud cleared but then it clagged over again.
Another faint fog bow
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.
Lower down the mist did clear but stayed around on the higher ground
Got back to the car in the fading light just after 1600hrs
by Collaciotach » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:14 am
by weaselmaster » Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:15 am
You had cracking weather - like the pics, esp the sun over the trig point
by BlackPanther » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:50 am
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
by Huff_n_Puff » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:13 pm
by Tinto63 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:16 am
by PerthAlly » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:32 am
I grew up down there and walked those hills as a kid.
Your photos are perfect. I'm getting sentimental now