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Drumelzier circuit

Drumelzier circuit

Postby U059361 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:09 pm

Route description: Pykestone Hill and Drumelzier Law, Drumelzier

Donalds included on this walk: Drumelzier Law, Middle Hill, Pykestone Hill

Date walked: 22/07/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 696m

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Finding the car park is the first trick. The minor road is sign posted as a dead end, no indication of walks or car parking. After driving past what looked like an old village hall the tarmac runs out and it is a rough track for 20 metres and then behind a high hedge is a newly stone covered parking area on the left. I had my doubts as I drove up to it. Glad to see it. From there on in, the WH description is pretty much spot on going behind the house and catching the track over the burn further up. Made good time climbing the track to top of Pikestone Hill. A bit wetter walking up the shoulder to the top but nothing to get your feet wet with. Drumelzier Law is prominent all the way around this walk, despite being lowest hill.
ImageThe three hills to be walked by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImageLooking back down the track on Pikestone Hill by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImagePickstone Hill top by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
It is then a walk round the broad ridge to Middle Hill. Still wet but OK walking. Views to Broad and Dollar Laws. Then along another broad ridge to a shepherd's cairn and then down to Drumelzier Law. The path goes past a white stone cairn. There are still a few white stones around if you want to add one, but you need to look about the heather for them.
ImageView down Drumelzier Law from Middle Hill by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImageShepherd's Cairn with Middle Hill by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImageWhite Cairn and Drumelzier Law by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Up top of Drumelzier, another cairn and a clear view of the route back down.
ImageDrumelzier Law top by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Didn't take long to drop down and carry on over the track back to the out going track. There are cairns every so often just to keep you right. Views over Tweed valley and back to the three tops.
ImageCairn over Tweed Valley by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImageCairn at Finglen Rig by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImageThe hills from Finglen Rig by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Just went back over the burn and back the way I came up. It is the easiest route.
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Re: Drumelzier circuit

Postby SecretSquirrel » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:06 pm

I've been there a couple of times this year and if I hadn't been using a SatNav the first time, finding the start of the walk would have been a challenge to say the least!

The hard-standing area for parking looked very new. I assume it belongs to the holiday cottage as that seems to have been getting done up too. I was a bit unsure parking there in case I was using private property, however, in the absence of any signs, I quickly donned my boots and scampered up the hills lol

Looks like you got a cracking day and great pictures. :clap:
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