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Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells - April 2010
by honey_munster » Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:13 pm
Route description: Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells, Forrest Lodge
Corbetts included on this walk: Corserine
Donalds included on this walk: Corserine, Meikle Millyea, Milldown
Date walked: 10/04/2010
Time taken: 5.75 hoursRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We had only done one hill to date in Galloway (Merrick) so we took the opportunity to explore the eastern side of the forest park.
Having read online reports we took the forest track heading WNW past Fore Bush. There are signs directing walkers to the hill - how could we go wrong? The turn-off from the main track is no longer a path but another forest track. This crosses the Folk Burn and what turned out to be the last sign is uprooted beside it. We continue along the track for another couple of hundred metres and it stops. Uh oh, no sign of a path. We continue N along one grassy firebreak and then W on a wider grassy firebreak to the forest edge. There is a stile, but it's half-rotten, shoogly and the top strand is barbed wire with a disintegrating bit of wood attached as protection. There is a goat skeleton nearby. I have a 48kg German Shepherd with me with no chance of me getting her over this. Where is the gate the reports mention? We resort to heading south for a bit until we find a gap under the fence that Honey can squeeze through.
Afterwards I look at Google Maps - the yellow is the track and we took the red route. Looking at the 1:25k OS get-a-map I think the blue route should have been the path we took.
Anyway crisis past and we head up the slopes of Polmaddy Gairy. We meet a couple of guys on the E cairn of Corserine before we head over to the trig point.
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Lamachan Hill, Cairnsmore of Fleet and the Isle of Man
We head SSE along the grassy ridge that goes by the name the Rhinns of Kells over Millfire, Milldown and up to Meikle Millyea. The dogs take the opportunity of a dunk in the Lochans of Auchniebut
Panorama from Meikle Millyea.
Tess has a belly slide
We spot a herd of feral goats near the top. We head down Meikle Lump and spot a high-grade crossing stile and gate at NX 53473 83805
We soon reach the forest track and head back to the car past the watch tower and down "Prof. Hans Heiberg Drive", with another dunk in the burn on the way.
by 2dalmatians » Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:57 pm
by Merry-walker » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:16 pm
by honey_munster » Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:30 am
I'd neglected the Galloway hills till recently. There's some wild country down there and the views over the border are novel.
I thought I'd put this report up from earlier this year with the expansion of the Galloway routes and noting that there was a new forest track on the approach to Polmaddy Gairy.
by LeithySuburbs » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:33 pm
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