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White Coomb from Carrifran
by SecretSquirrel » Sun May 01, 2016 7:37 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: White Coomb
Donalds included on this walk: White Coomb
Date walked: 30/04/2016
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 8.06 km
Ascent: 735m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
A short April day out in the surprisingly wintery Southern Uplands. I parked up in a layby beside the Carrifran Burn bridge. There is space for 3 or 4 cars here. A little futher up the road, across a cattlegrid and a firebreak/fence/drystone wall combination heads off up Dun Know and Carrifran Gans. This fence is present all the way round to White Coomb, making navigation easy. It isn't shown all the way round on the OS map, but the fence does follow the boundry line shown, all the way.
As forecast, the weather was a mixed bag. Blue skies and some pretty strong rays from the sun interspersed with rain, sleet, snow and hail. There was plenty of coudy clag about, but when it was clearing it really framed the views and made them stand out more.
This route up to White Coomb would be great for circular routes round to either Saddle Yoke or Lochcraig Head, although you would need a bit of road walking for the return.
Dun Knowe and the route up to Carrifran Gans
Following the wall and fence up the hill at the edge of the forrestry
The view from Dun Knowe looking back down to the road
Views start to open to (Under) Saddle Yoke
Looking SW down Moffat Dale
Saddle Yoke dominating the views in its recently reapplied winter coat
Continuing up Carrifran Gans
Views to the East across the Ettrick Hills
The Saddle Yoke pair still looking good
Reaching 740m height and following the fenceline North
Carrifran Gans summit cairn
Continuing to follow the fenceline towards White Coomb
Some weather and clag moving across the winter views
The ever present navigator running up to White Coomb
White Coomb summit cairn
At times the weather would have made navigation challenging ... but for the fence
The clag coming and going only served to emphasise the stunning views
Winter wonderland ...
Looking back, the skies are now clear on White Coomb
I just couldn't get enough of this view
On the way back and looking down to Carrifran Burn
Final view out to Moffat Dale and the return to the road
White Coomb Photo Album
by litljortindan » Sun May 01, 2016 10:09 pm
I'm usually on the lookout for fair weather but that sort of a day would persuade me otherwise. Very dramatic looking.
by SecretSquirrel » Mon May 02, 2016 9:31 pm
RTC wrote:I had read reports of people finding this route difficult but you seem to have found it straightforward. Well done.
Thanks. I can't imagine too many issues with the route, I would recommend it. The ascent of Dun Knowe is pretty steep and descending it in wet snow was pretty slippy but nothing too bad. I can imagine the ground around Carrifran Gans would be pretty boggy, but a good covering of snow hid that issue from me.
litljortindan wrote:I'm usually on the lookout for fair weather but that sort of a day would persuade me otherwise. Very dramatic looking.
It was indeed dramatic. It really was breath taking when the clag was clearing and the snowy hills appeared.
by Cairngorm creeper » Mon May 02, 2016 10:19 pm
Looks beautiful. I love the moments when the hills appear from the mist.
by rockhopper » Thu May 05, 2016 1:35 pm
Good day for it - brings out some dramatic looking shots and surprising the amount of snow - all go to show the variety in the landscape - cheers
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