Short notes on some SW Subs.
1. Cairn Table 16.4k, 566m asc
Parked on the road to the right coming into Muirkirk, though there is a car park a bit further along. Had decided to climb Cairn Table in conjunction with Stony Hill (HuMP). Good path initially then boggy/tussocky fence line to follow to Stony Hill. Similar descent/climb back to Cairn Table, popular summit, good path down, though boggy at the bottom.
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2. Middlefield Law and Nutberry Hill 19k, 581m asc
Drove a little way north to the Head of Greenock Water where there was a suitable layby to park in. Direct route up Middlefield, animal tracks and boggy. Back same way then took good track alongside the Dippel Burn, up onto the hillside. ATV track initially. Met with a better path on the way into Nutberry. Descent via the Martyr's Grave, path out was hard to find in places and seemed to take forever til we hit the road.
3. Kirkland Hill 3.9k 137m asc
Drove up the long single track road towards Fingland, parked at a cattle grid near the hairpin. Direct route to Kirkland hill, initially on track then following fence line. Boggy in places.
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P6120539 by Al, on Flickr
4. Cairn Hill 7.5k 432m asc
Onwards along the A76, parking just west of Enterkinfoot and walked the narrow road towards the farm, then past ruined church, ATV track. Through a small wood and out onto open hillside. Return same way
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5. Colt Hill 12k 489m asc
Drove through Moniaive and onto the narrow track following the Dalwhat Water. WH route shows parking at Cairned, but this isn't possible due to locked gate. Reversed and parked in forest clearing at Balbuie. Good track to Cairned - explored the old cottage with the arch built into it. Good track most of the way up to Colt Hill, sadly mist was down and views poor. Had considered camping at top, but descended and found a spot in an old sheep enclosure.
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6. Wether Hill 12.8k 390m asc
Had intended to access this from track at Yellow Craig, but lots of No Parking signs, drove east a bit to another opening of the forest track. Joined up with original planned track eventually, continued on wind farm track til almost at the hill, short bit of bog hopping to reach summit.
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7. Walk Hill 5.3k. 227m asc
Back along the A702, parking in lay-by. Found a track leading to some farm track, cattle watching us. Across a wall into some woodland then quite a rough crossing of boggy hillside to reach the top. Return same way.
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P6130567 by Al, on Flickr
8. Cairnkinna Hill 4.6k 381m asc
Long drive up pretty single track road following the Scaur Water. parked in lay-by just after houses at Chanlockfoot. Hard to get through vegetation initially, then onto very steep climb up open hillside til reached fence, then followed that to top of hill. Camped out near summit.
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9. Fell Hill 6.5k 216m asc
Parked at start of track. Good walk in initially til turn off for ruined cottage. Boggy in places, especially around the cottage, which otherwise would make a good campsite. Then steeply up hillside, found a track nearer summit.
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10. Bogrie Hill 3.2k 205m asc
Several parking options for this one. Initial huddle over bog and tussocks then picked up reasonable animal tracks, becoming clearer leading to the summit.
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P6140586 by Al, on Flickr
11.Bennan 2.7k 174m asc
Parked at start of track marked for Turner monument. Grassy track then ATV one to reach the hill. There's a new bulldozed track been made - you'd be better to drive past the sign I parked at and go 500m west to where the new track meets the road and head up that way.
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12. Mochrum Fell 3.6k 215m asc
Standard route for this one, parking area at the start of the woods at Mochrum. Forest track, be careful to spot the turn to the right which is quite overgrown. Up a smaller track til near the summit then a bit of forest fighting to reach the trig.
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13. Bainloch 6.5k 366m asc
Had been going to do this from Bainloch to the NW but decided it would be easier to access from Sandyhills. Hard to find parking spot so paid £3.50 to park at the beach car park. Walked up private road to lagoon then followed fence line up hillside. Not great - every form of vegetable obstacle - nettles, briar, brambles, trees and steep ground to contend with. Easier once on the higher ground. Wobbly awkward deer fence to cross to reach the summit. Decided not to return the way I'd come up - made for good track I could see ahead - this belongs to deer park, lots of deer, lots of potatoes for feeding same. One huge old stag seen. had to climb barrier at edge of park, past lots of No Admittance signs - so this isn't really a route you could use without a bit of a brass neck.
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14. Criffel 5.7k 510m asc
Had planned to camp at top of Criffel but car park had No Overnight parking sign up. Would have been too windy and wet anyway. Path being refurbed at present, but still a good surface. Steep and quite unrelenting climb up, busy even in the early evening. Very boggy at summit. Very rough bit of road coming out of the car park.
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15. Bengairn 9.1k 478m asc
Had intended doing this from Bengairn Lodge, but needed somewhere to park overnight and camp. Knew there was a car park for neighbouring Screel Hill, no restrictions on parking overnight thankfully as getting dark. Walked up forest track, found camp spot at corned of grassy field. Up Screel Hill early in the morning - an impressive rocky little hill this one, much better than its higher neighbour. Continued on finding a path heading towards Bengairn Hill, boggy in places. Left the path to take more direct route, but I think it skirts round and joins up at a gate leading to Bengairn summit. Cairn and trig column. Could see a forestry track to the SE, after short period of rough ground picked up an ATV track leading to bridge and gate then onto good forestry track which met my outward path. Found I had a puncture when got back to the car - probably the rough potholed track out of Criffel car Park.Just as well I carry a spare.
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16. Craignell 6.8k 336m asc
Had a route that went up the hillside from yet another deer park - looked like a Robert Phillips one. There didn't seem to be any way of getting across the deer park (other than climbing into the park) so retreated and considered other options. Looked a straightforward way in from the hairpin on the track to the west of Clatteringshaws, there is a parking area too at that point. Along forest path, past the quarry where work was going on. Map shows a track turning north after Winter Hill - this is hard to see as completely overgrown - it starts just before the metal gate. Then onto steep hillside for an awkward scramble up through heather, onto Low Craignell and follow a boggy ridge to summit. Cairn is lower than summit. Cut down steeply southeast and through forest to reach track - not recommended unless you like very boggy ground full of hidden drainage channels.
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17. Beneraid 9.4k 336m asc
Parked on the verge near Kilwhanel Farm. Track for all the way up. Lots of gates. Track deteriorates after it turns round Benawhirter. Very swampy near the gate before the track starts to climb up Beneraid. Old machine sitting across the track. Was met by very heavy downpour as got to the summit. Back same way.
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