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by Fife Flyer » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:30 pm
Grahams included on this walk: Windlestraw Law
Donalds included on this walk: Whitehope Law, Windlestraw Law
Date walked: 02/10/2016
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 12 km
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Not sure how to draw 2 maps so I have improvised - I did move the car along the road a wee bit to tackle Whitehope Law.
Been itching to get out, but 'man flu' and a few busy weeks have interfered with any outdoor plans and this weekends good forecast was too good to miss out on.
I had earmarked these two hills for a while and after doing my usual searching for routes that fitted in with my plans, I uploaded a couple of routes - thanks to malky c & wjshaw2.
As the start point was less than an hours drive I had a bit of a lie-in and left home at 7.45am, I opted to tackle Windlestraw Law. I knew there was a track and as there was a heavy dew on the ground, my feet may stay drier for longer
As it transpired although my boots were wet on the outside my feet were actually dry
Looking back to the car
Going up following the ATV track, early morning dew making the grass rather damp
Grouse butt as I entered the low cloud
Not the most exciting summit
Some sort of wind monitoring contraption and Sky TV of course
Looking south and the sun is burning up the cloud
Heading down, the path can be seen in the distance looking rather wet
Short walk along the road before heading through a gate & then uphill
Looking back down towards the road
Any suggestions as to what this is used for, was in the middle of nowhere - literally I am reliably informed this is a "crow trap"
There had to be at least one wind farm, I was in the Borders after all
The massive summit cairn for Whitehope Law, not sure how those stones even got there unless someone came up with a spade and dug some up
Looking west, same wind farm
For the wind farm lovers, another one zoomed
Followed this ATV track down initially, then traversed north
Not much I can say about the hills, the views were typical Borders, the routes I opted for were obviously direct - well that was the theory. Windlestraw has a track that can take you two thirds of the way to the summit, Whitehope is the opposite, if you opt for the direct route (like I did) there is no path just lovely knee deep tufty grass - great for descending and far from ideal for ascending. Both hills were less than 2 hours up and down (each) which I was pleased with. Bottom line that is another 2 Donalds in the bag. I wasn't going to post the report, but thought someone may be interested in the direct routes
Next on the horizon is another visit nearby to tackle another 4 Donalds, hopefully this week. I need to keep my fitness up, as another visit to Mull is imminent for Chris's compleation
by simon-b » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:17 pm
by Fife Flyer » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:42 am
simon-b wrote:I see you're edging further south, Martin. You'll be joining some of us in Wainwright and Hewitt country soon
Still a few more to visit before I ever contemplate heading over the big wall Simon
by basscadet » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:10 pm
Good to see you out and about
by martin.h » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:51 pm
That looks a good day out, another idea for us in the future.
We're close enough to join you when you're out collecting Donalds if you like, we've got this grand idea of combining Donald bagging with Wainwright bagging over autumn and winter, just got to research where's best to find weekend accommodation for the southern uplands.
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