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Windlestraw Law and Bareback Knowe from Glentress Water

Windlestraw Law and Bareback Knowe from Glentress Water


Postby dickens96 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:26 pm

Route description: Windlestraw Law circuit, Innerleithen

Grahams included on this walk: Windlestraw Law

Donalds included on this walk: Windlestraw Law

Date walked: 20/04/2015

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 9 km

Ascent: 659m

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First real walk of the year - work/weather/colds got in the way for anything earlier. My copy of the new SMC Hillwalker's Guide on the Grahams and Donalds arrived last week and inspired me to get out on a fab day for walking.

I didn't do the circuit as described on this site, but followed the SMC route starting from the B709 at Blackhopebyre. Its a steady climb mainly on ATV tracks which were often very boggy - well it is the Muddy Moorfoots!

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The way up - looking up from Glentress Rig


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The muddy Moorfoots


The track climbs up Glentress Rig, then Wallet Knowe before a final push up to the top and the trig point.

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The top


Good views - a bit hazy over to the Eildon Hills to the South East and South West towards Broad Law and White Coomb.

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Nice lunch stop - corned beef cheese and marmite sandwich too !


From the trig point headed South towards a col and the short climb up to Bareback Knowe. At 657 mtrs its classed as a Donald Top as it is a fairly indistinct summit, although by rights its a Graham too I guess. From there I followed the fenceline South West descending towards Glentress.

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Bareback Knowe

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The way down towards Dod Law


If I'd had more energy I'd have headed left and taken in Dod Law as well, but I decided to quit whilst I was ahead and dropped down to Glentress farm and the road. Then a short walk along the road back to the car.

Super day - peace, solitude (only met one person the whole time) and sunshine. Lots of larks, grouse, lapwings - a grass snake and a hare for company.
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