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First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head


Postby iangpark » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:27 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Cauldcleuch Head

Donalds included on this walk: Cauldcleuch Head

Date walked: 02/10/2017

Time taken: 2.17 hours

Distance: 8.65 km

Ascent: 480m

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After being told we would be having a uni. trip to Langholm, I thought it would be a nice idea to visit one of the more 'remote' (and notoriously dull apparently) Donalds, Cauldcleuch Head. It would bag one of the two outliers that a few Donaldists find difficulty with - living in Dumfries does have some upsides!


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Jack picked us up and took the Annan road to Langholm where we had a great invasive non-native species presentation from the Galloway Fisheries Trust. We were free by about 1:30pm so made our way over to Billhope.

Into the Borders:
1 - BORDER SIGN.jpg


Bridge at Parking Space:
2 - START BRIDGE.jpg


Followed the Tilhill forestry path in until we reached the faint crossroads. I suggested to take the right fork as it looked a bit more defined and would put us on a better path. As the path ended, we decided the best way up was along the flanks of Pennygant Hill rather than North Mid Hill - (This was actually a great decision as the way up was less steep and less boggy!)

Iain on the flanks:
3 - IAIN.jpg


Jack looking over to Tudhope Hill:
4 - JACK LOOKING OVER TO TUDHOPE HILL.jpg


The going was steep but soon levelled off a bit. We never went properly onto the ridge, instead just curving around the edge. Very mossy and peaty ground but much less tussocks than expected!

First view of summit:
5 - FIRST LOOK AT SUMMIT.jpg


Curving round:
6 - CURVING ROUND.jpg


About 2 minutes from the summit, there was some light rain but it only persisted for a few minutes. It was properly windy, as expected. We were right at the edge of an advancing front, but it seemed to retreat after the small shower. Tudhope Hill appeared higher than Cauldcleuch Head for the great majority of the walk - only at the 600m mark or so did it start to look smaller.

Edge of front:
7 - EDGE OF FRONT.jpg


Only summit over 2000ft for almost 15 miles around!:
8 - METAL TRIG.jpg


Jack at top:
9 - JACK AT TOP.jpg


South-West from summit:
10 - WEST FROM SUMMIT.jpg


Looking back:
11 - BACK TO 2000ft.jpg


We decided the best way down would be North Mid Hill as it was short but steep and didn't require curving the whole way back along with some reascent. It was much boggier than the way up though.

Back down:
12 - BACK DOWN.jpg


Sunlit Billhope Burn:
13 - SUNLIT BILLHOPE BURN.jpg


We took the other path that follows the burn back to the fork in the path and enjoyed a peaceful and sunny walk back to the car. Jack gave me a shot of his Clio back to the A Road as I have just got insurance for my girlfriend's car and he wanted to see how I fared - I'm choosing old bangers over a new hatchback any day! Pleasant drive back along the picturesque (but very precarious!) road and then back to Dumfries.
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Re: First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:38 pm

You just about followed the route that I took, am surprised it wasn't boggier higher up. I confessed at the time it wasn't one of my favourite hills and not one I will be revisiting :(
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Re: First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

Postby iangpark » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:51 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:You just about followed the route that I took, am surprised it wasn't boggier higher up. I confessed at the time it wasn't one of my favourite hills and not one I will be revisiting :(


Aye Martin I had expected quite a bit more bog - I was wearing wellies so was well-set regardless! I can understand the amount of extra time it must have taken you just to get to Billhope :clap:
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Re: First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

Postby PeteR » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:14 pm

I quite enjoyed this hill, as I remember. If you had wanted to add to the bog factor you could have included a trek to Greatmoor Hill :lol:
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Re: First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

Postby iangpark » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:44 pm

PeteR wrote:I quite enjoyed this hill, as I remember. If you had wanted to add to the bog factor you could have included a trek to Greatmoor Hill :lol:


Was tempting Pete but that weather didn't hold for long! Hopefully some more bog to come with the rest of the Donalds :)
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Re: First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

Postby rockhopper » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:30 pm

Not a bad day for it all in all. My penultimate Donald - unlike others, I quite enjoyed it although I did cycle the first part (for a change) - cheers :)
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Re: First Border Bashing Attempt at Cauldcleuch Head

Postby iangpark » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:05 pm

rockhopper wrote:Not a bad day for it all in all. My penultimate Donald - unlike others, I quite enjoyed it although I did cycle the first part (for a change) - cheers :)


Your report did inspire some confidence in me RH - glad I was able to share somewhat good weather on that hill as you did! I can imagine the cycle up the path would be a lot of fun - especially if one were to go from the road to Billhope!
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