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Pykestone Hill from Drumelzier

Pykestone Hill from Drumelzier


Postby dickens96 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:19 pm

Route description: Pykestone Hill and Drumelzier Law, Drumelzier

Donalds included on this walk: Pykestone Hill

Date walked: 27/12/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 737m

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A super Winter day in the Border Hills. Parked at Drumelzier as suggested in the WH route - there's space for three or four cars. Took the farm track rather than the one suggested here behind the cottage - after the dreadful rain the day before the burn was really high.
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The track was very plashy and under water in places, but got better as it got higher. You can't really go wrong here, although there are a number of tracks heading off in various directions. I followed the one suggested here and for the first part it was a pleasant green track. Where it forks and heads up Dens Knowe it turns into one of these horrid scree-style hill tracks that make for difficult walking.
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Looking back there were superb views today - Tinto Hill, Culter Fell and North-West to the Pentlands
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A little higher up the snow line was reached and the going got a bit more challenging - the path was covered over and often a foot or so deep, so walking on the bracken was the only option which made for a tiring day.
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Eventually the trig point came in sight, and was reached.
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After a brief stop at the top - the wind was picking up - I went back the way I came and didnt take the optional routes of The Scrape or Drumelzier Law as it was clouding over and it had taken me longer to get up than I planned because of the snow.

Great place - will be back!
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Re: Pykestone Hill from Drumelzier

Postby Silverhill » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:40 pm

Superb, really lovely pictures of the snow dusted hills. :D
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Re: Pykestone Hill from Drumelzier

Postby dickens96 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:09 pm

Thanks - a great area and whenever I've been out there I've never seen more than one or two other walkers. Came across a party of four but other than that no-one yesterday. Its also not far from where I live so it makes for a quickish journey there although flooded roads around Broughton didnt help.
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