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The Pentland Hills
by bootsandpaddles » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:19 am
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Allermuir Hill, Black Hill (Pentlands), Scald Law
Date walked: 12/09/2010
Time taken: 6 hours
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Leaving the car park there is a short stretch up the road to go through a gate on the left and then out onto the open hillside. It is a fairly steep pull up to the top of the first hill - Turnhouse Hill - from which you can look down on the reservoirs. We were overtaken by a runner (in fact, there were lots of them throughout the day) but they only seem to run downhill - even I can run downhill!!! The wind was really strong and we were soon putting on jackets, hats and gloves. A steep droop (Freudian typo!) down and another ascent leads to the top of Carnethy Hill which has lots of stone shelters at the top. The ridge is a bit like a roller coaster the next summit being the highest of the day - Scald Law at 579m. Then down and up to East Kip, shortly followed by West Kip. On reaching the broad track at the bottom of West Kip (fingerpost) we turned right and made our way across toward the hills oon the other side of the reservoir. The first of these is Hare Hill on which there is what looks like the remains of a hill fort. Then onto Black Hill, Bell's Hill, Capelaw Hill and finally Allemuir Hill. All along this ridge there are splendid views of the Firth of Forth, the two bridges and Edinburgh. Red flags were flying on Castlelaw Hill and there were sounds of gunfire so we took the track that skirts the east side of the hill and leads down to Castlelaw Fort. This a fascinating place and you can actually go underground into an earth house.
It is then only a short walk back to civilisation - hundreds of cars, thousands of people - lovely!!!
by trickeyja » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:01 pm
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by Paul Webster » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:08 pm
surprisingly good scenery
Agreed - great walking! Good to see some fine summery shots - I really enjoyed exploring the Pentlands in the snow this winter... complete with farmer on a skidoo. Be interested to go back and do some more routes in different weather.
by bootsandpaddles » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:20 pm
by At The Border Guy » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:00 pm
For a clump of hills a few miles south of Edinburgh, I'm always suprised at how remote the Pentlands can feel - The Kips especially. Well worth doing if you live in the area.
by SiBorg » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:42 pm
Went for a walk on the Saturday and bumped into a few army patrols as you do.
by mellowmark » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:16 pm
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by LeithySuburbs » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:46 pm
by Scotjamie » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:52 pm
- and nice follow up pics from mellowmark
They are great hills that I know well. They attract dogs and people with pointy heads
by bootsandpaddles » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:31 am