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...
20170917_125516 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
We'll take the standard route up Fell Shin on the right:
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We crossed the cattle grid... one of us successfully... the other, not so much!
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Ward Law on the right, child of Gathersnow Hill beyond:
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Looks like a steady climb from here...
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The road continues while a track straight ahead goes up hill, veer left then start the ascent:
20170917_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:
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The main ascent, well the view should open up quickly!
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Yet again, Culter Fell (pronounced Cooter "back part of the country" or "safe place for cows") reminds me of Glen Tilt:
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The path is decent if a little boggy:
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Quick progress is made, after the earlier cattle grid incident meant I would be completing the walk on my own yet again...
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:
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Tinto and co. behind:
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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:
20170917_134453 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
The path started getting a bit boggier again:
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I cursed not remembering to take gaiters with me but it wasn't too bad:
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A quick trot along the path and I reach the cairn, only to see the way ahead shrouded in mist:
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Head now touching the clouds...
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Head in the clouds...
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I press on into the murky swamp... the path also gets a bit vague and boggier at this point:
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At last the summit comes into view:
20170917_140641 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
Trig point ahoy:
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No view, at least it was good on the way up:
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What a view...
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Head now firmly in the clouds:
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Another glorious summit pano...doh!
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Not expecting the cloud to pass any time soon, I head back down:
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A little bit clearer on the descent:
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My first initial as a bog on the path:
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The view south clears up a bit to the left on the way down and Hart Fell is now visible:
20170917_142601 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
On the right is Chapelgill Hill with the Pentlands in the distance beyond:
20170917_142846 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
Fell Shin cairn and sock-on-a-post sentry with Tinto behind:
20170917_142857 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
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The descent is fairly fast and luckily with no muddy-bum incidents...
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Onto the road and along towards the killer cattle grid!
20170917_145705 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
Culterallers Farm with the car and start point up ahead, job done:
20170917_150234 by Chris Mac, on Flickr
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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...
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