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Queensberry from Forest of Ae

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:37 pm
by iainR
After a week of mostly rain i decided to tackle this hill via the Romans and Reivers Route through the Forest of Ae. The construction of the large wind farm here has seen the path through the forest resurfaced and greatly expanded with a branch reaching the open moorland just east of the hill itself. In theory i thought this route would avoid most of the bogs and soaking wet tussock grass at the bottom of the hill because,thanks to a chapped heel from last weeks exploits,i would be wearing my walking shoes this time out.
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Parking area east of Kinnelhead

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The walk begins

Leaving the car at the large parking area about half a mile east of Kinnelhead i set off into the forest at a brisk pace along the hard packed gravel road where signs of recent tree felling operations were noticeable everywhere. Further along the road i passed an old discarded bridge section and walked over the more recent one which was also showing its age. Soon a road junction is reached where i turned right and began a gradual climb eventually passing a quarry which looked to be the source of all the new access roads for the wind farm.Soon after this point the road continues to climb and the turbines on Lamb Hill come into view with the top of Queensberry visible above them. The wind had really picked up here and the turbines were giving their moneys worth which was quite unsettling when i had to walk under them !
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The bridges old and older

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The quarry

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Turbines on Lamb Hill

At the top of Lamb Hill i could see Queensberry directly ahead and the point at which i had to exit the wind farm just below me.So in just over an hour i was off the road and on to the hillside.The going here was pathless and a mixture of tussocks and short cropped grass with a few boggy areas which were easily avoided.The large summit cairn eventually came into sight and this superb viewpoint really opened up.
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My exit point near the trees

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Ascending Queensberry

The Lowthers, the Moffat hills and the Galloway hills are all well represented from the top of Queensberry with the highlight for me being Criffel which really stood out over the Solway Firth.
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Summit of Queensberry

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The view back down

Since my ascent route kept my feet dry i just retraced my steps back down to the wind farm and reflected on a great wee hill which i should've done a long time ago.