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Hogmanay in the Lammermuirs, Part 1: Cockburn Law

Hogmanay in the Lammermuirs, Part 1: Cockburn Law


Postby superstar_tradesman » Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:26 pm

Date walked: 31/12/2015

Time taken: 1.1 hours

Distance: 5.25 km

Ascent: 240m

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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.

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Cockburn Law from the west


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.

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Summit of Cockburn Law with the Cheviot somewhere in the distance


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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