walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Culter Fell - a quick up and down in 2 hours

Culter Fell - a quick up and down in 2 hours


Postby Chris Mac » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:33 am

Grahams included on this walk: Culter Fell

Donalds included on this walk: Culter Fell

Date walked: 17/09/2017

Time taken: 2.03 hours

Distance: 7.04 km

Ascent: 511m

2 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).


Culter-Fell.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

Time for another Sunday walk and we decided to keep it local and head down to climb Culter Fell which we had nice views of earlier in the year from the neighbouring Dungavel Hill and Lamington Hill.

We reached Culterallers Farm and parked up, suited and booted then set off. Target dead ahead, except it has a retiring summit so the pointy bit is already noted as a false summit...
Image20170917_125516 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We'll take the standard route up Fell Shin on the right:
Image20170917_130301 DSC_3369 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We crossed the cattle grid... one of us successfully... the other, not so much!
Image20170917_130700 DSC_3371 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ward Law on the right, child of Gathersnow Hill beyond:
Image20170917_130900 DSC_3372 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looks like a steady climb from here...
Image20170917_131100 DSC_3375 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The road continues while a track straight ahead goes up hill, veer left then start the ascent:
Image20170917_131300 DSC_3376 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At this point I was reminded of climbing Carn a'Chlamain last year, it's a bit like a mini-Glen Tilt, this would be the side of Beinn a'Ghlo:
Image20170917_131301 DSC_3377 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The main ascent, well the view should open up quickly!
Image20170917_131302 DSC_3378 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Yet again, Culter Fell (pronounced Cooter "back part of the country" or "safe place for cows") reminds me of Glen Tilt:
Image20170917_131501 DSC_3382 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The path is decent if a little boggy:
Image20170917_133159 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Quick progress is made, after the earlier cattle grid incident meant I would be completing the walk on my own yet again... :wink:

I also had to put away the DSLR at the start of the ascent due to the drizzle, leaving just the camera phone which although it has a much smaller senser, less megapixels and a tiny lens by comparison, it handles the light very well with larger pixels and is waterproof.

A handy tip for those interested, I carry a drybag with me as I normally walk with my camera slung over my shoulder and it's well handy to bring out of my pocket at the first sign of rain and even fits the camera with large lens, to enable fast waterproofing.

Gathersnow Hill and Hudderstone on the right:
Image20170917_134323 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Tinto and co. behind:
Image20170917_134344 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After a bit of a slog up the path beside the Grouse Butts, I soon reach the top of Fell Shin, only for the cairn top further ahead to come into view, at least the going will be easier now:
Image20170917_134453 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The path started getting a bit boggier again:
Image20170917_134658 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I cursed not remembering to take gaiters with me but it wasn't too bad:
Image20170917_135121 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A quick trot along the path and I reach the cairn, only to see the way ahead shrouded in mist:
Image20170917_135924 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Head now touching the clouds...
Image20170917_135927 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Head in the clouds...
Image20170917_135931 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I press on into the murky swamp... the path also gets a bit vague and boggier at this point:
Image20170917_140013 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_140220 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At last the summit comes into view:
Image20170917_140641 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Trig point ahoy:
Image20170917_141139 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

No view, at least it was good on the way up:
Image20170917_141221 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

What a view... :roll:
Image20170917_141242 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Head now firmly in the clouds:
Image20170917_141251 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_141307 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Another glorious summit pano...doh!
Image20170917_141550 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Not expecting the cloud to pass any time soon, I head back down:
Image20170917_141839 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A little bit clearer on the descent:
Image20170917_141904 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

My first initial as a bog on the path:
Image20170917_142309 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The view south clears up a bit to the left on the way down and Hart Fell is now visible:
Image20170917_142601 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

On the right is Chapelgill Hill with the Pentlands in the distance beyond:
Image20170917_142846 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Fell Shin cairn and sock-on-a-post sentry with Tinto behind:
Image20170917_142857 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_142917 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_142934 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_142945 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The descent is fairly fast and luckily with no muddy-bum incidents...
Image20170917_143909 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_144146 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_145319 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20170917_145603 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Onto the road and along towards the killer cattle grid! :lol:
Image20170917_145705 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Culterallers Farm with the car and start point up ahead, job done:
Image20170917_150234 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Conquered...
Image20170917_150511 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We stopped off at the Mill Inn in Culter for grub before heading back home.

Culter Fell was a great viewpoint and enjoyable and easy walk. Just two hours up and down if you want to keep it simple, or add in any number of surrounding hills to make a bigger day of it. On the way down I could make out Ben More, Stob Binnein, Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin so i'm looking forward to returning for the longer circular route on taking in Gathersnow Hill and Hudderstone a clear day...
User avatar
Chris Mac
 
Posts: 821
Munros:40   Corbetts:22
Grahams:10   Donalds:10
Sub 2000:50   Hewitts:3
Wainwrights:10   
Joined: Sep 11, 2014

2 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).


Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Alteknacker, EwanM, kj02mcl and 84 guests