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Hart Fell and Arthur's Seat (the other one)

Hart Fell and Arthur's Seat (the other one)

Postby dickens96 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:19 pm

Route description: Hart Fell ridges horseshoe, near Moffat

Corbetts included on this walk: Hart Fell

Donalds included on this walk: Hart Fell

Date walked: 19/09/2015

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 808m

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Well made the mistake today of following the weather forecast and headed South to the Borders - I should have gone North! Arrived to get up Hart Fell from Ericstane just North of Moffat - it was totally hidden in low cloud. You head out the Old Edinburgh Road for about 3 miles (single track) and park by the tin hut that was a village hall I think - there's space for about four cars without blocking the gates to the field on either side. Headed North on the road to the signpost for Hartfell Spa. You go through 5 kissing gates and fields on a fairly well worn path. At the last gate and a deer fence you can go straight on which takes you up the Auchencat valley to the Hartfell Spa. I decided to swing up to the left side of the fence to join an atv track that headed up over Well Rig well above the valley. This track gradually climbs the ridge - its a gradual ascent with one or two steepish bits, but for the most part its a gentle if boggy grass track. You come up on Arthur's Seat ( another one) by which time you are almost at the top of the ridge - there's a wee cairn to mark it at 747 mtrs. the path then swings North West to a fence line that takes you a short way up to the cairn at 808 mtrs.

Misty start

Hart Fell top


Great views - better if clearer though

Lots of options from here - you could go South east and walk the ridge round to Falcon Craig, and Nether Coomb Craig then return down via Blue Cairn and Watch Hill. I just went back the way I came as the weather was just average.

The cairn on Arthur's Seat




Hart Fell from the A701 - you can just make out the path I took up
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