3 Marilyns = 7.5km
by Fife Flyer » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:01 pm
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Belling Hill, Rubers Law, White Meldon
Date walked: 29/04/2018
Time taken: 2.2 hours
Distance: 7.5 km
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My plan of action was to tackle Belling Hill first and having researched (as I usually do) all the hills, a big thanks to Inca as I would be loosely following his route. There has been discussion on FB about not being able to download other walkers routes, but that has never bothered me as I prefer to plot my own route and then download it onto my old phone.
The drive south was pleasant enough, it is a few years since I have been so far down the A68 and one thing that was very obvious were the number of static speed camera's - is there another road in Scotland with more camera's I somehow doubt it. I understand the argument that speed kills, but it is funny how the majority of camera's are either positioned on a downhill section of road, or one of the few overtaking spots, rant over.
Large parking area, as described by "inca"
Start of the gradual ascent
Track splits, I turned left
Plenty of trees have self seeded and thriving
End of the track
The way ahead
Now turning right and heading north through a fire break
Ground surprisingly dry
The summit of Belling Hill
Built a small cairn for future visitors
Looking SW almost back at the car
Belling Hill route
Now after a short drive to my start point for Rubers Law I found a "sort of" parking space on the single track road which gave me easy access to my planned route. I was expecting this to be toughest hill of the day and so it turned out, having said that it was still rather easy and took about an hour.
The single track road, no large laybys or car parks
My shortcut to get to the track
Final obstacle before reaching the safety of the track, Rubers Law in the distance
Track almost takes you to the foot of Rubers Law
Locals keeping an eye on me
Looks a bit wonky, any suggestions as to what it is?
I opted to follow the wall and keep on a direct route to the summit, the track is over to the right but I wasn't sure where it was heading.
Track is on the other side of this new small plantation
Looking back you can see the fairly obvious grassy bit I walked up
Looking north, nice angle of ascent
This is on the side of the trig on the summit of Rubers Law
Looking North towards the Eildon's
Top of the trig
Hawick from on high
Rubers Law offers fantastic all round views
The track that I didn't use on the ascent
Rubers Law route
Once back at the car I took my boots off for the longer drive north through Selkirk and then Peebles. I set the satnav for Peebles as that is all it is capable of and like all satnavs it took me on the most direct route, which involved utilising B roads and travelling through villages and hamlets that hardly ever see visitors. Once through Peebles it was just a matter of finding the unclassified road that would take me to the Meldons.
Useful blurb at the parking area
Looking back down on the parking area and the toilets that are locked up, note the wee bridge over the tiny burn
The road that takes you to Eddleston
One of the locals, not seen many black lambs
Looking east from the summit of White Meldon
Unfortunately it looks as if White Meldon is too easily accessible to the 'low life', the toilets at the parking area are probably closed for the same reason
Looking south along the road that would take you back to Peebles
White Meldon route
Another enjoyable day albeit one of the easiest, as the title says 3 hills and only 7.5km walked, not good for the step count, the majority of the ascent was on Rubers Law. I have to admit they are not hills I will be re-visiting, but it is nice seeing parts of the country that I have not seen before.
by malky_c » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:29 pm
by Sgurr » Tue May 01, 2018 3:46 pm
But it is there.
by M4RTIN » Tue May 01, 2018 9:44 pm
by McMole » Fri May 04, 2018 10:52 pm
Fife Flyer wrote:Built a small cairn for future visitors
When I was there last May and, like you, enjoying a trio of Marilyns on a sunny day, I found a wee cairn. I added another rock or two on top of it not far from the corner of that wall. Has it been moved?
by Fife Flyer » Sat May 05, 2018 8:10 am
McMole wrote:Later on another website I read that the summit is marked by a 'cairn 10m E of wall corner' which does agree with the one in my photo.
I checked my ALL my photo's again and didn't see any small cairn, the summit area is so tussocky a small cairn would be difficult to spot anyway.
by inca » Sat May 05, 2018 9:37 pm
Just a thought on Belling Hill. When I did the hill in February last year, I didn't find a cairn. What I did find was a collection of stones scattered on the ground in roughly the same position McMole mentions. I didn't attribute much significance to the stones then. Subsequent checks on two other hillwalking websites proved unhelpful - pre 2017, one or two accounts mentioned a cairn, most were silent on the subject. In my report, I said maybe I'd missed it. Looking at the photo above, I think I'd have seen that. I spent several minutes looking. What I'm thinking now is that a cairn has been knocked down and rebuilt here on at least one occasion.
by Graeme D » Sat May 05, 2018 11:27 pm
by McMole » Sun May 06, 2018 5:28 pm
Fife Flyer wrote:I checked my ALL my photo's again and didn't see any small cairn, the summit area is so tussocky a small cairn would be difficult to spot anyway.
Perhaps cairns get tired of sitting in one spot all the time and go for an occasional stroll? We were up Ben Bowie a few weeks ago and from reading other reports its summit cairn moved 100m from the southern of the two tops to the 0.7m lower northern bump between early 2013 and late 2014 - perhaps for a better view of Loch Lomond. It is still there.
I think I took my Belling Hill photograph after I'd added the topmost stone. Before then it wasn't at all obvious and I agree with Inca that it has probably been flattened and rebuilt several times.