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Windy WindleStraw

Windy WindleStraw

Postby U059361 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:43 pm

Route description: Windlestraw Law circuit, Innerleithen

Grahams included on this walk: Windlestraw Law

Donalds included on this walk: Windlestraw Law

Date walked: 03/08/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 18.75 km

Ascent: 794m

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Plenty of room in the car park recommended by WH and it is little used. The walk up to Pirn Hill Fort is not clear and there are plenty of paths about the place but got there eventually. So take the time to follow the route instructions and save yourself a bit of time :roll:
ImagePirn Hill Fort and Lee Pen by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
A steep climb up to the start of the broad ridge and some forest to walk through on a rather wet and peaty path. Tweed Valley route markers here to guide you.
ImageLee Pen to Blackhope Scar by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Once up out of the trees and on to the heather it is an easy walk up the ridge to gain height. Walk past an abandoned concrete reservoir, one side broken down to keep the water out of it. The route to Priesthope Hill is very clear being a well worn track. Once up there, the route to top of Middle Hill is pretty obvious too.
ImageRoute to Middle Hill by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
ImageRoller Coaster route by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
As you reach the top though, the bog factor increases somewhat and it was necessary to pick a careful route through the worst of it. Was glad to reach the cairn. A little dry part to stop for lunch.
ImageMiddle Hill cairn by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
The route over to Windlestraw Law is better going and didn't take too long to cover. I was wind assisted for this part.
ImageWindlestraw Trig point by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Coming back wasn't as much fun against the wind. I headed for a shepherd's cairn rather than go back over the top of Middle Hill. Gave a reasonable sheep track to follow through tufted grass and views down into valley below.
ImageShepherd's Cairn, Middle Hill by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Met up with a Jedburgh man and we walked back down the ridge over Scawd Law together. At Cairn Hill we stopped for a look around before heading through the wood down towards Walkerburn.
ImageCairn Hill to Kirnie Law by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
This bit is steep and extremely muddy, well churned up by mountain bikes. Much branch dodging going down too. The route also uses a fire break which is barely visible at the bottom of a track turning point. Just keep the faith and eventually it pops out of the trees onto a small worn path that leads down to Walkerburn.
We said our goodbyes and I headed along the track back to Innerleithen. Easy walking along by the river, on old railway track, gravel road, worn path. A bit of a trek, glad to get back to the car. It is a fairly long walk over all.
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