by weaselmaster » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:24 pm
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Duncolm
Date walked: 23/01/2017
Time taken: 2.75 hours
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 599m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Parked at the designated place in Old Kilpatrick and set off under the Erskine Bridge flyover - always find it a bit disconcerting to be so close to city life when doing hills. Onto the signed track for the Kilpatrick Hills - frosty underfoot, the mist lifting as the reddish orb of the sun rose. A fine morning in prospect, indeed.
P1140612 by Al, on Flickr
P1140613 by Al, on Flickr
P1140614 by Al, on Flickr
P1140615 by Al, on Flickr
P1140616 by Al, on Flickr
The track rises steadily to Loch Humphrey, the sound of traffic slowly diminishing the further I walked. There's some forestry work going on over to the west of the reservoir but nobody was up yet. At the reservoir I went up to the edge to take some photos reflected in the still waters then onto a grassy track towards Duncolm. Fortunatley the worst of the boggy patches here were semi-frozen. Over Middle Duncolm, down steeply then up to the trig on Duncolm itself. Views to Burncrooks Reservoir and The Whangie/Earls Seat. It was warm in the ruby sunshine and I stopped for a coffee at the base of the hill. I spotted a couple of walkers heading down to Loch Humphrey - in fact there were quite a number of walkers and runners out as I did the return leg along The Slacks.
Duncolm to the Right
P1140619 by Al, on Flickr
P1140621 by Al, on Flickr
P1140623 by Al, on Flickr
P1140625 by Al, on Flickr
P1140626 by Al, on Flickr
P1140627 by Al, on Flickr
P1140628 by Al, on Flickr
From the trig point on The Slacks, Glasgow City slumbered still under mist, the highrise blocks poking out to meet fingers of sunshine. The ribbon of the River Clyde, stained ochre by the sun snaked away to the east. A somewhat slippy descent over grass/mud tracks, churned here and there by cyclists, returned me to the outward road and I was back at the car for an early lunch in under 3 hours. Rather enjoyed this walk, and I got the best part of the day, as leaden clouds filled the sky on my drive back to Greenock.
Summit The Slacks
P1140631 by Al, on Flickr
P1140632 by Al, on Flickr
P1140636 by Al, on Flickr
P1140638 by Al, on Flickr
P1140639 by Al, on Flickr
by PeteR » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:17 pm
by weaselmaster » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:03 pm
Marty_JG wrote:Max speed 20 kph?
Yeah, I've been experimenting with leopard genes
by Jaxter » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:05 pm
by rockhopper » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:06 pm
by weaselmaster » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:59 pm
Jaxter wrote:Oh that's lovely! I was sat on the train to Edinburgh this morning thinking it would be a good morning to get out, what a lovely sunrise! I'm not jealous at all
Yeah, a bit nicer weather than when you did it recently, and less bog factor.
by weaselmaster » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:00 pm
rockhopper wrote:Short one for you but an excellent result - the Eagles' "Take It Easy Lyrics" comes to mind - cheers
Aye, suspect it'll be back to hard graft at the weekend as the Grahams challenge goes on