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A day on the Cauldcleuch Head horseshoe

A day on the Cauldcleuch Head horseshoe

Postby Robertgee » Mon May 21, 2018 8:32 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Cauldcleuch Head

Donalds included on this walk: Cauldcleuch Head

Date walked: 14/05/2018

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 12.25 km

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As the weather was forecast to be sunny & warm all day, I decided to continue my quest to complete the Donalds. This time I was off to do Cauldcleuch Head. To make a longer day out of it, I decided to continue round the ridge returning by Tudhope Hill, a circuit of around 7.6 miles. I parked at the forest entrance & walked along the road to Billhope.

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Tudhope Hill from Billhope

The lower part of these hills are now part of a new woodland, & have blue topped posts marking paths up on to & around the hills. I left the main track shortly after passing the next house, turning right at a quarry, & followed the good path steeply uphill. The path came to a sudden end, with only a narrow faint path beyond. There weren't any more of the blue posts to be seen. I continued for a bit, but the so called path didn't look like it would get me up the hill, as it just contoured along the hillside to meet the burn. :?

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Stob Fell from the path to nowhere

Enough of this, so I headed straight up to the ridge, where I reckoned there should be a better path to follow. The climb to the ridge was very steep to start, but gradually lessened with height. When I reached the ridge the first thing I saw was the blue posts marking a good path. I missed the point where this path had left the main path, somewhere before it had ended, & I ended up on the path to nowhere. So if following my route, don't miss that important right turn. :lol:

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View back down the ridge from the good path

I could now follow the posts up onto Stob Fell, where the views over Liddesdale really opened up. :D

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Greatmoor Hill from Stob Fell

It was then up onto Pennygant Hill where a well deserved break was had. Good places to sit on dry grass or rocks were hard to find along the entire route, but Pennygant Hill had a mini cairn which made a comfy seat. 8)

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Arkleton Hill

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Stob Fell from Penntgant Hill

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Cauldcleuch Head from Pennygant Hill's cairn

Continuing, the posts marked an easy route to the next hill, Muckle Land Knowe.

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Greatmoor Hill from Muckle Land Knowe

After here, the next section was more boggy with less defined paths, & remained so until Langtae Hill. I initially followed the posts half way to Cauldcleugh Hill, then left them as they don't go to the summit.

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Tudhope Hill from Cauldcleuch Head

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Teviotdale from Cauldcleuch Head

After Cauldcleugh Hill, it's a good walk, though very wet underfoot, all the way to Langtae Hill. The posts were once again met at Footman Hass.

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Tudhope Hill from Footman Hass

My route next climbed to Langtae Hill, then Millstone Edge, finally reached Tudhope Hill, with the only trig point on the walk.

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Cauldcleuch Head from Langtae Hill

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Tudhope Hill from Langtae Hill

The posts miss Millstone Edge & go directly to Tudhope Hill from Langtae Hill, so a little shortcut if you need it. Another good spot for a break on Tudhope Hill, with great all round views, especially to Eskdale. From here the weather was so clear, I was able to see all the way to the north Pennines.

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Teviotdale from Tudhope Hill

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View back to Cauldcleuch Head

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Arkleton Hill and Eskdale

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The route down from Tudhope Hill

After my rest and a bite to eat, it was straight downhill, back to the car. A brilliant walk, in superb weather. Do this walk on a nice day and you will be well rewarded with a memorable day on the border hills. :clap:

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Pennygant Hill and Stob Fell from back at the start
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Re: A day on the Cauldcleuch Head horseshoe

Postby Graeme D » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:18 pm

I think I will be paying a visit to this route one day when I am down in Kielder at the beginning of October (assuming I can get a day pass). Hopefully I will be rewarded with a similarly nice day for it. :D Your report gives a good feel for what the walk entails.
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