Mild clear weather with little wind. No snow but some icy patches. The ground was firm with less bog than I expected. I wanted to finish the southern Corbetts by the end of the year.
The approach minor road was perhaps the trickiest part of the day as it was icy and ungritted with some steep sections but I made it to the Megget Stone at sunrise and parked beside the cattle grid.
The first section is straightforward up the hillside on a fairly clear path beside the fence then veered a little to the left on to the broad ridge leading to the summit.
Plenty of manmade objects but lovely views all the same from the cairn and trig point beside the fence.
Onwards beside the fence and through a gate beside a wall on to a muddy track past a mast. Cramalt Craig looks close but there is fair descent and ascent involved. I was sorry this hill has lost its Corbett status. It felt like it deserved to be one. The summit is marked by a fine cairn and the views are beautiful and wild.
The fence takes a left turn here and I followed it to Dollar Law. Again a wild remote summit that felt so peaceful. Stunning views.
I followed the WH route to return along the Thieves Road. The last time I was on this road was when I walked East Cairn Hill circuit earlier in the year. The section today was higher and more remote.
The descent was easy to the track then up the road past the Megget Reservoir to my car.
A perfect day to end the year!
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