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Corserine, Millfire, Milldown & Meikle Millyea

Corserine, Millfire, Milldown & Meikle Millyea


Postby colinwatson » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:03 pm

Route description: Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells, Forrest Lodge

Corbetts included on this walk: Corserine

Grahams included on this walk: Millfore

Donalds included on this walk: Corserine, Meikle Millyea, Millfore

Date walked: 23/02/2016

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1200m

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After taking such a pasting last Friday, it was great to get out on a crisp winter's day, albeit blowy in the morning.

I parked up near Forrest Lodge and headed out towards Loch Harrow. The forrest tracks have all been named after people and have road signs rather like what you see in town....quite odd! I made may way towards Corserine, with the aim of traversing the Rhinns of Kells ridge from north to south.

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Corserine from the forrest track


The path from the track to the edge of the forrest is marked quite clearly, although in normal conditions it would be very muddy. Fortunately, today it was frozen hard. I crossed the fence and the Folk Burn before stopping for something to eat. After that, it was an enjoyable climb to Polmaddy Gairy - again, the hard underfoot conditions and snow made the going easier.

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The eastern corrie of Corserine


It was cold and blowing quite hard on the ridge, but quite a short walk to the trig point at Corserine. Once there, the views to Galloway opened out.

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The Merrick from the summit


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Looking north to Carlin's Cairn


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Looking south to Loch Dee and the Solway beyond.


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South to the Solway and the Cumbrian Fells


The cold conditions meant that I didn't linger, but pressed on south to the col with Millfire, where I was able to sit on a boulder in the sunshine to enjoy my lunch.

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Heading towards Millfire


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Dungeon Hill and the Merrick from my lunch boulder


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Loch Dee and Curleywee


The climb up to Millfire didn't take long and from there I could press on to Milldown.

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Heading south along the ridge


The walking along the ridge was straightforward. It looks as though there is a clear track running along it, although today it was covered with snow.

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Loch Dungeon from Milldown


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Looking north along the ridge to Corserine


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Black Gairy ridge and Corserine from Milldown


I then dropped down to the frozen Lochans of Auchniebut before tackling the final climb to Meikle Millyea.

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Lochans of Auchniebut


The trig point on Meikle Millyea is not on the summit, which lies about 200 metres to the south west (my altimeter showed this point to be about 15 feet higher than the trig point)

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At the trig point


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Loch Dee from the cairn on Meikle Millyea
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Looking north from Meikle Millyea
colinwatson
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Re: Corserine, Millfire, Milldown & Meikle Millyea

Postby litljortindan » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:51 pm

Great views. I stayed in Forrest Lodge once upon a time so I guess I'll go here one day.
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Re: Corserine, Millfire, Milldown & Meikle Millyea

Postby old danensian » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:22 pm

It's a great walk that - and last Tuesday was a great day to do it - as I found on Merrick at the same time - and where was everyone?

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Re: Corserine, Millfire, Milldown & Meikle Millyea

Postby colinwatson » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:13 pm

I know - if Galloway was on the other side of the Solway Firth it would be mobbed!
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