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Hill of Wirren

Hill of Wirren


Postby dwaugh » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:13 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Hill of Wirren

Date walked: 04/01/2015

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 880m

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Back home from after a festive season with the family, means its time to burn off the mince pies. Come to think of it though, I think I only had the one. Realised that I didn't have a map to bag this most Easterly Graham, but the weather seemed settled and the route was a track right to the top so I took the risk - it boded well when immediately I had to ask directions so I could make it off the farm track and into the hills.

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Wind was fairly significant, so I stopped to put on my waterproof as a wind break. Notice this skull looking right up at me from the heather.

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All tracks seemed to lead up to the same place - Hill of Wirren East

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Beautiful views to the south west, bigger and badder mountains with more snow. The wind was howling at this point, and I was glad for the excellent mountain-worthy hood on my jacket.

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Hit Hill of Wirren East - unremarkable.

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I set off across the moors on frozen peat, thinking that I could straight-line it to the top. I found the snow a bit too deep for my trail-running shoes so dropped down a small gully back onto the track (getting loads more snow down my feet in the process). Note to self: buy some fell running gaiters.

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As described by others, I found the trig point with its moat of deep deep peat, fortunately iced over. Looked at the watch - looking to be a (leisurely) approx. 3 hr round run.

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Saw lots of white hares bounding about. Like myself they seem content to follow the easy-going tracks up here.

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Looking North on the way home. Can see Clachnaben and Strathfinella hill from here.

Run down was straight forward enough, but a round route would have been nice. Feel the body defrosting as I drop below the icy wind.
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