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Lomond Hills

Lomond Hills


Postby weaselmaster » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:46 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Bishop Hill, East Lomond, Innerdouny Hill, Lendrick Hill, West Lomond

Date walked: 22/12/2017

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 34.4 km

Ascent: 1517m

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A short weekend, as we had other things to do on Xmas Eve. Drove up to Woods Caravan park at Alva on Thursday afternoon. Had targetted a circuit of the Lomond Hills over by Glenrothes for Friday, with a quick couple of stand alone hills nearer the campsite for Saturday.


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After some difficulty in finding the right road to take down to the parking area we set off along Glen Vale, good track of sandy red clay. After a bit of walking, headed up West Lomond directly, a faint path just after the fence ends. Bit of cloud inversion going on as we rose towards the summit. Easy track to follow from the top towards the distant top of East Lomond, still hidden under a cushion of cloud. Busy wee car park on the way. Another track to take, several fox moth caterpillars marching up the short grass in the middle of the path. Up to the viewpoint, then weirdly, down to the trig.

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West Lomond
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East Lomond
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Retraced our steps to the car park then continued south along the road and took the path on our right leading to Little Ballo Farm. Muddy in places, sheep and cows around. Don't stare at bulls warns the notice. Seems good advice. Path dwindles a little, we aim for a gate after Harperleas Reservoir and turn south towards Bishop Hill. I'd expected no trail to follow, but there is a track of sorts - we can't see Bishop Hill in the mist. Make it to the top, I take the wrong line from the summit and note that we're heading further south...oops. Follow the scarp edge down towards Glen Vale and out outward path. A nice circuit this one.

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Bishop Hill
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Quite a mild night after recent cold weekends. We pack up with an almost dry tent (great what a bit of a breeze can do) and drive up to Yetts o' Muckart and the B road up towards Dunning. Innerdouny Hill is up first - a parking area at the start and forestry track most of the way up. Nearing the top we head along the fence line towards the summit. Retrace our steps on the way down.

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You can just see the summit above the trees
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Follow the fenceline
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Drive couple of miles back down the road and park at the start of Lendrick Hill - again a parking area. Another forestry track, then turn uphill at a large cairn through a firebreak - bit slippy underfoot, then open ground to the summit cairn. Very windy indeed. We thought this was Allison's 100th Sub, but after she got home she realized this had actually been on Innerdouny Hill. :roll: You can tell how committed she is to Marilyn bagging :lol:

Innerdownie (Donald) across the valley
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Up the firebreak
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What we thought was her 100th Sub
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