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A detour to trump Donald’s Black Law

A detour to trump Donald’s Black Law


Postby rockhopper » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:30 am

Route description: Dun Rig Horseshoe, Peebles

Grahams included on this walk: Dun Rig

Donalds included on this walk: Birkscairn Hill, Black Law, Dun Rig, Glenrath Heights, Stob Law

Date walked: 21/01/2017

Time taken: 8.1 hours

Distance: 35 km

Ascent: 1220m

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Getting a bit lazy so opted again to head south – probably not as good conditions as to the north but a nice enough day nonetheless. Parked in the parking space at the end of the road south of Peebles – head torch on but not really needed.


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Off down the Glensax road which becomes a track. Found it hard going further down trying to avoid the frozen water puddles; hadn’t been on a bike for months and was feeling it.

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Stopped to lock up the bike at the bike of the abandoned farmhouse. Then walked a little further south to find a spot to cross the burn. Circled round a short way then headed more or less straight up to the summit of Birkscairn Hill.

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Some areas with a bit of an inversion

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Set off SW towards Stake Law followed by Dun Rig

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Had in mind a possible detour down to Black Law subject to conditions – decided to go for it so headed off SW towards White Cleuch Hill then over Blackhouse Heights and down to Black Law.

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Crossed a good landrover track not marked on the map then on to Black Law’s 698m top (as opposed to the 696m top marked to the south on the OS map).

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Had some lunch and started back towards the NE. Boggy in places but many were crunchy and semi frozen.

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Back to the 713m point to the SW of Dun Rig, headed off towards Glenrath Heights. Dropped down a bit before the climb up to Glenrath Heights. Passed a couple going the same way – said hello and remarked that my ice axe was probably a bit of overkill today :roll: (in my defence I hadn’t been able to see the hills in the dark before I set off).

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Reached the summit of Glenrath Heights (marked Middle Hill)

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Then followed the fence round to drop down and up Stob Law

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Big cairn

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Retraced my steps back over Broom Hill then along to the cairn and trig point at Hundleshope Heights

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Then just a case of following a track a little to the NE before dropping down to Glensax

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Picked up the bike at the abandoned farmhouse and headed back to the car.

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Re: A detour to trump Donald’s Black Law

Postby Old Bill » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:53 am

Beautiful photos Rockhopper!
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Re: A detour to trump Donald’s Black Law

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:57 am

Nice one R/H :clap: As you know I did the same sort of route early last year - the opposite way round to you :roll:
I really enjoyed the route, interesting that you opted for your trusty bike :wink:
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Re: A detour to trump Donald’s Black Law

Postby litljortindan » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:15 pm

Looks a great walk and some great pictures. Fascinating deserted farm, well to me at least. Every billionaire's golf course should have one.
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