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Tinto - beauty above the valley haze

Tinto - beauty above the valley haze


Postby denfinella » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:45 pm

Route description: Tinto from the north

Grahams included on this walk: Tinto

Donalds included on this walk: Tinto

Date walked: 30/09/2015

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 490m

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September this year brought such a lot of lovely weather! With late shifts at work to get back to in the afternoon, we decided to make the most of a sunny morning and climb Tinto - obviously a popular hill, but one we hadn't gotten round to yet.


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Thick fog covered Glasgow, but blue sky started to break through around Motherwell, and by the time we arrived at the car park, Tinto was basking in early sunshine.

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The temperature was only 7C but already felt warmer as we set off, dew covering every spider's web for miles around. With a very gentle start to the clear path you can hardly go wrong:

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Beyond the earthworks of a fort the path began to steepen, traversing around Totherin Hill:

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Once over the next crest, most of the route can be seen ahead. I'd be hard pushed to name a wider path in Scotland :lol:

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Possible detour out to Totherin Hill:

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The path soon forked, with the western (right) branch traversing bare slopes above Maurice's Cleuch. This looked the most interesting route, with a nice open feel, so we opted for this route for the ascent:

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Looking down the cleuch:

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The views this morning were absolutely superb - probably the best we've ever had in southern Scotland.

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Pentland and (?) Moorfoot Hills:

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Hazy Borders county:

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Not far to the top:

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After this the paths rejoined for the final steep section before the summit. The path here, and for a few other sections, has loose gravel underfoot. This makes the steeper parts a bit of a slog, and the path grows ever-wider as people avoid the gravel by walking at the grassy path edges. In a few more decades it'll be wider than the M8...

At the top we explored the huge summit cairn, pleased that somehow we had it all to ourselves... before discovering a man on the other side erecting a huge aerial for something or other. As for the views...

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It took less than 45 minutes to get back down to the car park again, and before we knew it we were sitting in a pub in Carluke for lunch. Touristy Tinto... unexpectedly brilliant!

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denfinella
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Re: Tinto - beauty above the valley haze

Postby dav2930 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:02 pm

Now there's a hill I can't believe I've never been up! I must go there soon as it looks a beauty. What superb weather you had for it - fabulous views well photographed. Thanks for posting. :)
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