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Lochcraig Head & Molls Cleuch Dod

Lochcraig Head & Molls Cleuch Dod


Postby SecretSquirrel » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:38 pm

Donalds included on this walk: Lochcraig Head , Molls Cleuch Dod

Date walked: 08/03/2015

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 13.36 km

Ascent: 959m

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With one thing or another, I've not had many opportunities to be out on the hills recently. Its hard to believe its March already and I'm just writing my first report of 2015! Sunday looked the better day of the weekend and my target was set on the Southern Uplands to get back out on the hills.

I set off for the Grey Mare's Tail National Trust car park (£2 pay and display) planning on doing the WH circular route over Lochcraig Head and returning by White Coomb. The weather played reasonably fair, if a bit gusty, with just some squally showers and the occasional hail mixed in.

However, the rain over the last few days combined with the resulting melt water from the snow which previously fell, meant the Tail Burn was in spate. I missed checking the WH fording point, but with my mind on the return trip, I was checking for possible crossing points on the walk up to Loch Skeen. I didn't spot anything obvious that I fancied tackling, continued walking while considering and made the choice not to do the circular route. The thought of coming off White Coomb and having no choice but to cross the Burn to get back didn't really appeal.

I knew it would be possible to make the crossing somewhere, but if I'm honest I really wasn't in the mood for a dunking and a dripping wet end to the walk :lol: So ... the decision was made to bag Lochcraig Head, continue on to Molls Cleuch Dod and reverse the route back.

I enjoyed the area, and got some okay snap shots in between the weather. White Coomb goes on the 'redo' list for now :lol:

The Grey Mare's Tail
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The Mare's Tail
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The Tail Burn
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Looking ahead to Lochcraig Head
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White Coomb with a very full Loch Skeen in the foreground
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Looking back to Loch Skeen from the flanks of Lochcraig Head
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Cairn on Lochcraig Head marking a viewpoint across the Loch
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A Misty view of the loch
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The ascent to Firthybrig Head
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Summit cairn of Molls Cleuch Dod
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Loch Skeen with Lochcraig Head behind
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