I was back in the Borders for New Year, and the aftermath of Storm Frank made it tricky to choose a location of the last hills of 2015. It looked like we would get wet wherever we went, so we decided to head for the Lammermuirs to pick off a few hills there.
First up was Cockburn Law, north of Duns. It's not a Sub 2k, but is on my dad's list of Borders hills with a 50m drop, and one he wanted to climb, so we parked up at Millburn Bridge at the B6355/B6365 junction and headed up the farm road to Cockburn farm.
We then took a track N past a group of three noisy and hard-working windmills, turned right across a squelchy field, through a gate onto the open hillside, soon reaching the summit, the remains of an ancient fort and its well-maintained trig point. The hill is partially circled by the Whiteadder Water in a surprisingly deep valley, and there were nice views of rolling Border farmland…and banks of clouds and showers heading our way.
An extension to this walk might be to visit Edin's Hall Broch to the north, but a heavy shower arrived just as we left the summit, so with hoods up we dropped SE to a track along the valley, back to the farm and down to the car in just over an hour.
We decided to take advantage of a break in the weather and so we didn't hang about and drove up the Whiteadder valley to our next hill, Spartleton.
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