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Blackcraig Hill and the One-Man Race

Blackcraig Hill and the One-Man Race


Postby Craiging619 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:21 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill

Donalds included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill

Date walked: 27/09/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 580m

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This was very much an impromptu decision, caused by complete boredom in the autumn months between the end of my MSc and the start of my first 9-5 job. Coming from Ayrshire I've always considered Blackcraig Hill to be one of my "local hills". I jumped on a local bus from Prestwick to Kilmarnock, then caught the train to New Cumnock, arriving at 2:15pm. From there I hightailed it up Glen Afton, walking as fast as I could before breaking into a run for the last mile or so to Blackcraig Farm. I was extremely nervous about the time, as I wanted to be back in New Cumnock for the 8:30pm train back to Kilmarnock (I think there was a 10:30pm train much later on, but I had no experience of New Cumnock nights and didn't fancy loitering for two hours!)

In the end the climb itself from Blackcraig Farm was completed in 3 1/4 hours, although the walk/run up Glen Afton took over an hour (it's a full four miles each way), while the return downhill took even longer as I was knackered by then. Despite this, and the thick cloud cover after Quintin Knowe at 554m, it was an enjoyable afternoon. I just wish I could go back in time and pick a sunny day to do it, as the views West towards Ayr and Arran must be phenomenal. I think I'm right in saying Blackcraig Hill is the highest point in Ayrshire (and the di Ferrainti viewfinders claim it is even visible from Bidean nan Bian in Glencoe! :crazy: ) so it's quite a vantage point given the flat lands to the North and West.

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The second biggest footballing force in Ayrshire behind The Honest Men. Killie who? :lol:

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The stile across the fence leads the way ahead...sort of. Given the thick fog I was quite lucky to find it, but the trig point was just behind it.

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Visible from Glencoe, quite incredibly.

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A local schoolchild's drawing of Blackcraig Hill and the wind turbines overlooking New Cumnock.

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My personal train from Killie back to Prestwick!
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