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Blackcraig

Blackcraig


Postby weaselmaster » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:23 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill

Donalds included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill, Blacklorg Hill

Date walked: 02/12/2016

Time taken: 4.25 hours

Distance: 14.7 km

Ascent: 745m

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A quick route needed today as Allison needed to be back mid afternoon to get ready for The Pixies tonight. Decided on Blackcraig Hill as fitting the bill - 67 miles away and a short day out. Left by 7.30, minor wrong turn via Kilwinning :wink: - the drive up Glen Afton hampered by numerous road-widening vehicles- looks like more wind turbines going up on the hillside by the reservoir. Parked up by the filter station and walked back along the road to Blackcraig farm, over a ricketty corrugated "bridge" and up the hillside following a vague track. This proved a much easier ascent than the direct route up Black Glints from Craigdarroch I'd done last time.


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Blackcraig
ImageP1140469 by Al, on Flickr

ImageP1140471 by Al, on Flickr

Once on the hilltop the views out to Ailsa Craig and Arran were fine. Easy walking over the summit with various cairns, then followed a path down roughly alongside the fence to the bealach with Blacklorg Hill, then up to the small cairn at its summit. We decided to continue on to Meikledodd (a New Donald) which proved easier than last time - less boggy too. Stopped by the fence, after visiting the non-existant cairn and lunched.

ImageP1140472 by Al, on Flickr

ImageP1140473 by Al, on Flickr

ImageP1140474 by Al, on Flickr

To Blacklorg
ImageP1140475 by Al, on Flickr

Floating Arran
ImageP1140477 by Al, on Flickr

Meikledodd
ImageP1140478 by Al, on Flickr

Returned to the base of Blacklorg Hill, stopping to watch a quad-bike riding shepherd working his dogs (noisily). Contoured round the south of Blacklorg to meet the pass between Craigbraneoch Rigg and Cannock Hill, crossing some of the deepest moss I've encountered. Down to the Afton Reservoir, still as a mill-pond, lovely reflections.

ImageP1140481 by Al, on Flickr

ImageP1140483 by Al, on Flickr

ImageP1140484 by Al, on Flickr

ImageP1140485 by Al, on Flickr
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Re: Blackcraig

Postby PeteR » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:50 pm

You must have been lucky to escape Kilwinning unscathed :lol:
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Re: Blackcraig

Postby martin.h » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:07 pm

I liked the "Floating Arran" shot and the reflection photos are superb.
Thanks for sharing Al, makes me want to be there :D
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Re: Blackcraig

Postby Fife Flyer » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:33 pm

Thanks for that Al, heading that way on Sunday as I mentioned to Allison on FB :wink:

Am planning to park near the farm and go for it, straight up will no doubt regret it :roll:

Love the photo's of the reservoir :clap: :clap:
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Re: Blackcraig

Postby weaselmaster » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:53 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Thanks for that Al, heading that way on Sunday as I mentioned to Allison on FB :wink:

Am planning to park near the farm and go for it, straight up will no doubt regret it :roll:

Love the photo's of the reservoir :clap: :clap:


Ah you'll be fine. It's just 400m of quite steep grass. Not semi-frozen like the first time i did it.
The going between the tops should be fine for you - enjoy!
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Re: Blackcraig

Postby rockhopper » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:24 am

Certainly good to have hills close by for shorter winter days - this has been a rather popular hill of late :wink: - cheers :)
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