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Loving Lamington Hill

Loving Lamington Hill


Postby Chris Mac » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:06 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Lamington Hill

Date walked: 08/07/2017

Time taken: 2.13 hours

Distance: 6.43 km

Ascent: 311m

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After a warm up walk up Dungavel just along the road, we had a nice view of Lamington Hill and not being so close to Tinto should hopefully provide better views...

Often the difference between two neighbouring hills can be massive, despite close geographical proximity, as changing angles and viewpoints turn an average view on one hill into something much better. This was definitely the case with Lamington Hill which really brings out the best in Tinto, Dungavel Hill which we had climbed earlier that day, the Culter Fell range next door, the Pentlands to the east and best of all without Tinto blocking the view north you could see Meikle Bin, Stob Binnein, Ben More, Ben Ledi, Stuc a'Chroin, Ben Vorlich and even up to the Lawers group. :D

We parked up next to Lamington church which we explored briefly before starting the walk, enjoying the skull and crossbone gravestones:
ImageDSC_0295 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Dungavel Hill is immediately in view as we head to the start point I had plotted:
ImageDSC_0302 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

ImageDSC_0305 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We were going to do this walk clockwise but on reaching the start and end point Y wasn't sure about heading along the private road towards the kennel, no worries, we'll just reverse the route then and we'll probably end the route coming out that way but it didn't matter, it can be fun having a last second change of plan to account for.

So we ended up walking up the road of the Lamington Bella Plantation, passing a field of very noisy sheep along with Tinto every now and again:
ImageDSC_0308 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Up 'e road, a nice easy start, noisy sheep field to the right:
ImageDSC_0309 20170708_163926 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At Baitlaws we take the path left:
ImageDSC_0310 20170708_164406 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Head through the gate and down the path to another gate:
ImageDSC_0316 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Tinto again:
ImageDSC_0317 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Cross the bridge and burn:
ImageDSC_0319 20170708_164856 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The track veers left and you reach another gate to go through:
ImageDSC_0320 20170708_165012 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Now we're heading towards the "back door" side of Lamington Hill:
ImageDSC_0321 20170708_165400 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Summit sighting confirmation, it's actually fairly close:
ImageDSC_0323 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The track winds its way towards Cowgill Loch which is behind the trees on the right. We'll then take the faint path you can see heading up just to the left:
ImageDSC_0325 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Behind us Dungavel Hill comes into view:
ImageDSC_0330 20170708_170639 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We quickly reach the woods and walk along the path for a bit to check out Cowgill Loch, some local sheep and some very old trees:
ImageDSC_0332 20170708_170852 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Cowgill Loch looked pretty overgrown so we turn back and take a right (heading left of the trees as we faced them initially) to take the final steep ascent path to the summit:
ImageDSC_0333 20170708_171330 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Dungavel again:
ImageDSC_0335 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The ferns and bracken were not very high so progress was steady and on the way up we heard and saw a couple of raptors overhead in thermal soaring hunting mode:
ImageDSC_0337 20170708_172127 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Although i didn't have a good zoom lens, I could make out enough of the shape and markings, along with the screeching calls, that it was definitely a buzzard:
ImageDSC_0339 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

With every step the view improves and I spot Cairn Table inbetween Startup Hill and Dungavel Hill:
ImageDSC_0340 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

ImageDSC_0342 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Dungavel zoomed:
ImageDSC_0343 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Another shot of one of the 2 Buzzards:
ImageDSC_0347 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Getting there:
ImageDSC_0348 20170708_172656 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

ImageDSC_0349 20170708_172742 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Hunting time:
ImageDSC_0355 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

One of many mushrooms we encountered:
ImageDSC_0358.1 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After hauling ourselves up the path which winds it's way around the back of the summit the trig point pops into view:
ImageDSC_0358.2 20170708_173800 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

As does Dungavel and Tinto:
ImageDSC_0359 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A cracking viewpoint already:
ImageDSC_0360 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Tinto Hill:
ImageDSC_0365 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Behind us is Culter Fell as Y approaches:
ImageDSC_0367 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

View east to the Pentlands:
ImageDSC_0373 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Directly north, although not as easy to see in this photo, are the bigger hills of the southern highlands with Meikle Bin, Ben Ledi, Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Vorlich barely visible (although the human eye could easily make them out along with the other mountains mentioned previously):
ImageDSC_0374 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Pentlands zoomed:
ImageDSC_0378 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Culter Fell:
ImageDSC_0381 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

South:
ImageDSC_0383 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looks like a nice spot:
ImageDSC_0384 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

F**king wind turbines, ruiner of nature, spoiler of views, contaminator of water, maker of ILFN:
ImageDSC_0385 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Summit shot:
ImageDSC_0393 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Trig pillar looking east:
ImageDSC_0394 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After a break and soaking in the amazing views of most of Lanarkshire, the central belt and beyond we decide that our exertions for the day have unsurprisingly resulted in a ravenous hunger so we decide it makes sense to head to Biggar for dinner at the Crown Hotel again, as we had done after Tinto a few years back.

Descending to the west, the route we were going to take up, but it makes for a much nicer view on the way down than the back door path would have given us, stunning:
ImageDSC_0395.1 20170708_174923 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Panorama looking north and east:
ImageDSC_0395.2 20170708_174959 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Two more local hills climbed, i'm running out of them fast as my un-walked hill circumference increases:
ImageDSC_0396 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The path takes us down towards the dyke and to the right of the trees down below so we can follow the path through the Langknowe Plantation back to the car:
ImageDSC_0397 20170708_175312 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Tinto's best side?
ImageDSC_0399 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Approaching the woods:
ImageDSC_0400 20170708_180157 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Stile and fence, head this way:
ImageDSC_0406.1 20170708_180421 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Follow the wall and you'll soon reach another stile:
ImageDSC_0406.2 20170708_180529 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A final look back at the Pentlands before they disappear:
ImageDSC_0407 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

And looking back up at Lamington Hill:
ImageDSC_0408 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

One the way down we decide that despite their lowly stature, the walks done today have been right up there for enjoyment, of course it helps when you can enjoy the view and conditions.

Approaching the last stile into the woods:
ImageDSC_0409 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

This route would definitely have been easier for the ascent but it's also better for the view on the descent:
ImageDSC_0410.2 20170708_181234 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Head through the atmospheric plantation...
ImageDSC_0411 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Dungavel again, we've definitely had our fair share of views from it and of it today:
ImageDSC_0412 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

ImageDSC_0414 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The track takes you down to Lamington Kennels where we head left to go along the track we chickened out of going along at the start of the walk... :lol:

We're soon back at the car:
ImageDSC_0417 20170708_183030 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Our final view is of Dungavel Hill again in a different light:
ImageDSC_0418 20170708_183035 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

So that was us, a most enjoyable and easy walk up Lamington Hill to finish off a fun day of wee hill hiking in Lanarkshire, superb views everywhere and lots of nice scenery to enjoy. Dinner at the Crown Inn was good again, refuelling our tired legs before we headed home to relax and bask in the glory of a nice day exploring.
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