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Another glorious day, perfect for a Glen Afton circuit
by Robertgee » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Grahams included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill
Donalds included on this walk: Alhang, Blackcraig Hill, Blacklorg Hill
Date walked: 30/05/2018
Time taken: 7 hours
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Another beautiful day was forecast after a misty dull start. So with just 4 Donalds to go, I decided to do my next trio of hills, in Glen Afton. Started at the usual place of Blackcraig Farm for the climb to Quintin Knowe and then onto my first Donald of the day, Blackcraig Hill. There's a small area to park on the right not far beyond the turning to Blackcraig Farm...a little track which only goes up to the forest fence...park sensibly and there's room for a couple of cars. A good track and path leads from the farm to Quintin Knowe.
A marker post point to the right from the second cairn on Quintin Knowe, but I carried on to see the cairn which is marked on the map, further up the track. Turn left through the gate and it's on the little rise straight ahead...it wasn't worth bothering about, as all that remains here is a pile of stones. It was then a case of following the fence up onto Blackcraig Hill. Still quite misty as I got to the top, so not many photo opportunities here.
Next it was more fence following to climb Blacklorg Hill.
Onward to Meikledodd Hill (a Donald top). At the col between the two, there's a new track constructed to build pylons, for carrying the electricity out from the still under construction Afton Wind Farm.
From here I headed for the next Donald top, Alwhat.
A quick descent and ascent takes me to the third Donald of the day, Alhang. From here, I could see the only Donald I haven't done, Moorbrock Hill. So close, yet so far. For me this would have been just too much for a day walk, so my plan was these 3 today, with another trip to bag Moorbrock soon.
I'd planned to return by climbing Millaneoch Hill, along to Wedder Hill, then join the track beyond Lamb Hill. But this just didn't look any good due to the amount of wind farm construction work going on. Lots of traffic on dry dusty access tracks was putting up clouds of dust, so I'd have ended up completely covered in dust by the time I got back to the road. Instead, I went straight down into Glen Afton, and followed the Afton Water to the reservoir road. From there, I cut down to the dam, and road back to the car.
A superb day in the hills around Glen Afton, glorious weather and the walking was lovely and dry all the way. This was walked in a very long dry spell of weather, so in normal conditions, I'd expect the walking to be a lot more boggy in many places.
by iainR » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:09 am
Great report Robert, what a difference a dry spell makes down there! Good luck with Moorbrock Hill.
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