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The Three Lowthers

The Three Lowthers

Postby Ltuddenham » Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:21 pm

Route description: Green Lowther and Lowther Hill, Wanlockhead

Grahams included on this walk: Green Lowther

Donalds included on this walk: East Mount Lowther, Green Lowther, Lowther Hill

Date walked: 12/07/2020

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 11.5 km

Ascent: 541m

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First proper hill walk since lockdown began. The first section follows the Southern Upland Way almost all of the way to Lowther Hill.

Wanlockhead cemetery at the start of the walk

Looking back to Wanlockhead

The path was broad and dry, making for pleasant walking.

An uncomfortable viewing seat or a picnic table for small people?

There were a couple of walkers with their exuberant dog, an attractive Hungarian breed whose exact name escapes me. (? Wire haired Vizsla). They can just be seen in the photograph below. Apart from them, I saw one other walker and about 8 cyclists on the route.

First sight of the radar station at the summit of Lowther Hill

Footbridge at Mossy Burn

Looking down Mossy burn to its lochan

Southern Upland Way marker post

Cross marking crash site of a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force 1941

The radar station looms ominously

As I approach I can hear humming and notice there is no birdsong any more

The humming has grown louder and I feel a compulsion to enter the source

Fortunately I snapped out of my reverie. Who knows what evils slumber in the Great Orb?

The road to Green Lowther

Trig point at Green Lowther

Excellent views all around, marred by the extensive wind farms, which I haven't included in the photos if I could help it.

View from Green Lowther

Retracing the route back to Lowther Hill

Ski tow below Lowther Hill - used by Lowther Hills Ski Club

The path to East Mount Lowther leaves the road opposite the radio mast

The path leaves the road and descends to a bealach before rising to East Mount Lowther. There is a steep sided river valley on the left and spacious views open out on the right. This was my favourite part of the whole walk so don't be tempted to miss it out on your way back down.

Looking down to the bealach

Looking down into Enterkin Burn from the bealach

And the view on the other side

Trig point at East Mount Lowther

The return journey to Wanlockhead was very straightforward. Overall an enjoyable half day in decent weather if you don't mind the obvious man made elements.
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