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
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
Wonderful news – a convenient crossing - not that it was strictly necessary in these dry conditions!
Across the bridge the track led me gradually uphill towards some ruined buildings
And some less ruined ones!
Looking back to the Gladhouse reservoir
And the Pentlands – it was a stunning evening
The track led me past some grouse butts before becoming less distinct
Looking ahead towards Blackhope Scar
The many wind turbines of Bowbeat Hill lay ahead
A familiar sight in Donald territory – following the fenceposts!
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
Summit of Blackhope Scar
Towards Bowbeat Hill
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…
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
Better views back the way
Down the glen back to Gladhouse
From here I followed the track for a while – might as well make it easy for myself!
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
Back to Bowbeat Hill
My route so far – Blackhope Scar and Bowbeat Hill
Jaxter on Dundreich
Wee Arthur’s Seat
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!
Gladstone reservoir (cottage in the right hand corner)
Looking back up – left my route up, right my route down
Looking across to the ruins/non-ruins I walked up past
Back on the track
It was a beautiful evening and I was feeling very warm as I headed for the car
Stopped for a wee shot of the reservoir – bit midgey to fancy a dip though
Trusty Colonel Mustard – look how clean he still looks
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