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Ooooh those summer nights (on the Moorfoot Donalds!)

Ooooh those summer nights (on the Moorfoot Donalds!)


Postby Jaxter » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:16 pm

Route description: Blackhope Scar and the Moorfoots

Grahams included on this walk: Blackhope Scar

Donalds included on this walk: Blackhope Scar, Bowbeat Hill, Dundreich

Date walked: 20/06/2017

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 18.41 km

Ascent: 626m

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A free Tuesday afternoon and a good forecast looked like a good excuse to take the car through and sneak some hills on the way home – as I was Portobello based that day a trip to the Moorfoots was on the cards 8)

I parked up near the Gladhouse reservoir, had a quick change and headed off along the road. This soon became more of a farm track
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Wonderful news – a convenient crossing - not that it was strictly necessary in these dry conditions!
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Across the bridge the track led me gradually uphill towards some ruined buildings
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And some less ruined ones!
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Looking back to the Gladhouse reservoir
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And the Pentlands – it was a stunning evening 8)
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The track led me past some grouse butts before becoming less distinct
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Looking ahead towards Blackhope Scar
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The many wind turbines of Bowbeat Hill lay ahead :shock:
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A familiar sight in Donald territory – following the fenceposts!
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As I approached the summit of Blackhope Scar the ground became a bit filled with boggy sections and peat hag nonsense but the weather was so good that the ground was dry enough to pass unscathed 8)
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Summit of Blackhope Scar
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Towards Bowbeat Hill
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One of the really cool things about the Borders is the names on the hills and this is no exception – I followed Long Edge down to Kings Road Nick where I picked up a hydro track. Easy walking at least… :roll:
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This track took me over Emly Bank and past Rocky Cleuch before I had to leave it to find the “summit” of Bowbeat Hill – not the most distinguished of summits :lol:
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Better views back the way
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Down the glen back to Gladhouse
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From here I followed the track for a while – might as well make it easy for myself!
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At the end of the track I headed off up the ridge, a bit pathless but easy enough walking to lead me to the summit of Dundreich
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Back to Bowbeat Hill
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Blackhope Scar
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The Pentlands
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My route so far – Blackhope Scar and Bowbeat Hill
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Jaxter on Dundreich
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Wee Arthur’s Seat
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From here I followed the fence towards Jeffries Corse before straightlining it down to the Gladstone Cottage – hard work on the knees but I was getting hungry!
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Pentlands again
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Gladstone reservoir (cottage in the right hand corner)
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Looking back up – left my route up, right my route down
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Looking across to the ruins/non-ruins I walked up past
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Back on the track 8)
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It was a beautiful evening and I was feeling very warm as I headed for the car
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Stopped for a wee shot of the reservoir – bit midgey to fancy a dip though :lol:
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Trusty Colonel Mustard – look how clean he still looks :lol:
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