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Kirkland Hill from Kirkconnel

Kirkland Hill from Kirkconnel

Postby iangpark » Wed May 09, 2018 12:13 am

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Kirkland Hill

Date walked: 08/05/2018

Time taken: 3.1 hours

Distance: 10.9 km

Ascent: 479m

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Was on the way down to Dumfries to arrange a flat for later in the year. Despite having been on this train journey countless times over the past 3 years, I have never been up the most easily accessible marilyn from the stations. Weather nothing like the two days prior but thought I might as well do it today on the way back; asked Iain if he was interested - he never turns down a hill opportunity when it arises!

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After getting off at Kirkconnel, we set along the path to Kirkland Farm - pleasantly paved for most of the way. The clag had mostly burned off from the start of the day but it did rain quite heavily as we left.

First view:
1 - First view.jpg

Glenwharrie Burn:
2 - Glenwharrie Burn.jpg

Kirkland closer:
3 - Kirkland Closer.jpg

After that it was a bit further along to Vennel before leaving the road and joining the bridleways. There is an informative local geology sign hidden behind the large waymarker cairn. The deep-cut ravines and steep drops juxtaposed with the smooth undulating terrain was typical of this area.

Vennel with Churn Burn:
4 - Vennel with Churn Burn.jpg

Closer up:
5 - Close Up View.jpg

We began the ascent up 'The Can' along a grassy track and curved about an area called the 'Lambing Slack'. This name turned out to be extremely apt as we came across two newly-born lambs that let us get within a few inches of them. We tried to not disturb them too much of course.

Lamb 1:
6 - First Lamb.jpg

Lamb 2:
7 - Second Lamb.jpg

Views here on a clearer day would be spectacular - the whole Nithsdale valley becomes apparent and the horizon is littered with hills near and far. We were almost bang on the cloud line at the top but were lucky enough to not have our view excluded too much.

Green fields:
8 - Green Field.jpg

Arran coastline:
9 - Arran Coastline.jpg

After a quite steep climb, it levelled off and we followed the fence along the wide ridge to the trig.

Todholes Hill:
10 - Todholes Hill.jpg

Cairn Table peeking over Stony Hill:
11 - Cairn Table Peeking Over.jpg

Tinto from a less common angle (I saw it from the north for the first time in Lanark last week and was blown away at its overwhelming presence):
12 - Tinto.jpg

Will really need help here - likely in-between Lowthers and Culter:
13 - Either Culter or Moffat Hills.jpg

14 - Trig.jpg

Didn't spend long on the summit as we wanted to get back at least a bit early. The light was beginning to fade too. Retraced our steps while making a detour the to the Greymare's Tail Waterfall (no not the Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall!).

15 - Violets.jpg

Waterfall from above:
16 - Greymare's Tail.jpg

Iain recovering:
17 - Iain.jpg

It finally levelled off back at the waymarked area, where we could give our feet a rest before joining the road back.

The turning unfurling, Churn Burn:
18 - The Turning Churn Burn.jpg

Impressive landslip:
19 - Impressive Landslip.jpg

Was an hour wait before the train so relaxed on a bench with some extremely unhealthy food from the newsagent.

Sunset on way back:
20 - Sunset.jpg

Sunset 2:
21 - Sunset 2.jpg

Wish I'd gotten some better pictures - Arran was glowing a light purple in the distance. Always an excellent train journey.
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