Bishop Hill

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Bishop Hill
Date walked: 26/05/2020
Distance: 8.5km
Ascent: 450m
Views: 564

Carn Bhac circuit from Muir Cottage

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Attachment(s) Munros: Càrn Bhac
Date walked: 14/03/2020
Distance: 25.5km
Ascent: 1427m
Views: 520

An Socach from Glen Clunie

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Attachment(s) Munros: An Socach (Braemar)
Date walked: 13/03/2020
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 650m
Views: 589

Steel's Knowe [S2K #17]

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Steele's Knowe
Date walked: 15/11/2015
Distance: 8.5km
Ascent: 300m
Views: 983

Lendrick Hill [S2K #16]

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Lendrick Hill
Date walked: 08/11/2015
Distance: 4km
Ascent: 240m
Views: 1172

Innerdownie [D #11]

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Attachment(s) Donalds: Innerdownie
Date walked: 01/11/2015
Distance: 7km
Ascent: 425m
Views: 1084

Hart Fell et al

Route: Hart Fell ridges horseshoe, near Moffat

Corbetts: Hart Fell
Donalds: Hart Fell, Swatte Fell, Under Saddle Yoke

Date walked: 19/05/2015

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 13.5km

Ascent: 950m

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After giving in to the weather forecast a fortnight prior, we decided we'd go for the Hart Fell ridges Horseshoe regardless this time. The forecast wasn't very much better when it did come around but, there was enough of a glimmer of it missing us and, more importantly, getting some good views around the ridge.

And so, arranged to meet Avocetboy at the start point for 3.30pm. I got there a few minutes before, having narrowly avoided a wet start thanks to a neatly placed lay-by with ample tree cover (bizarrely, a porcelain lavvy pan had been dumped here by fly-tippers...how considerate) :wink: !


AB pitched-up shortly afterwards, after a long drive up from Lincs and, after a quick change, we were on our way.


Once over the fence at the Hang Burn, the start up towards Swatte Fell (although it doesn't look like it here) felt ridiculously steep and, partly from thinking we'd read about heading East and the sub-conscious desire for a break from the leg burn, we followed an animal track heading East that eventually felt all wrong as we approached a slope beneath the early crags of Black Craig above the Blackhope Burn so, retraced our steps and continued on the steep line up the Hang Burn to gain the ridge. There followed a good degree of tussock and heather-bashing over some damp ground before the final, and again, steep approach to Swatte Fell.

Showers were forecast and the air clarity was good so we could see a few blowing around nearby but, we didn't encounter any until close to the top of Swatte Fell, when we had some light rain at first, followed by a few snow flakes.

Tussocks, sheep and a shower on Saddle Yoke...

AB, gingerly testing his vertiginousness...

After sampling the airy outcrop on Swatte Fell (with good views of Saddle Yoke and the valley below) and wandering over Upper Coomb, we were struck by how much distance it seemed we still had to cover to complete the horseshoe and put a bit of a spurt on across the plateau.

A rainbow beneath Upper Coomb...

Swatte Fell plateau towards Hart Fell...

The slope down and up on to Hart Fell didn't look particularly steep from across the Swatte Fell plateau but, the final push up Hart Fell along the fence line was a real leg-burner, we copped the edge of a hail shower here but, were pleased to see it move off in the other direction as we were taking a fair pelting in the face, even from the little we got of it. As we sumitted Hart Fell, there was a noticeably significant drop in temperature and then, as we headed off across Hartfell Rig, we could feel it rise again (only for it to drop again on the approach to Under Saddle Yoke).

Hart Fell summit...

In between the occasional shower of rain, snow or hail, none of which lasted for any great length of time, the sun would come out and light up the hillsides and the views from the higher points on the route were pretty spectacular in the varying light.



We encountered some goats...

Unfortunately for them, so did they...

The views over to Saddle Yoke on the early part of the walk keep you going as, although not the highest, it's certainly the more impressive hill on this circuit. It's an excellent hill/ridge to finish the circuit on, with great views of the horseshoe, up the valley and down to the start point below.




View back to Swatte Fell...

The horseshoe around Blackhope Burn...

And with the descent from Saddle Yoke...

With such an inviting ridge line, we were back at the car within 30 minutes of leaving Saddle Yoke, making it a little over 3hrs for the circuit.

Down here to the cars, at the nearest white cottage, there's a stile over the fence at the base of the hill (roughly in line with the circular sheepfold) or a gate nearer the course of the burn and a clear walk out from there...Image

Hart Fell and Co. ... a rewarding circuit.

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The Glen Lyon Horseshoe

Attachment(s) Munros: Càrn Gorm, Càrn Mairg, Creag Mhòr (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Càrn Mairg)
Date walked: 29/03/2015
Distance: 21km
Ascent: 1600m
Comments: 5
Views: 4567

Afternoon delight: West & East Lomond

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: East Lomond, West Lomond
Date walked: 21/03/2015
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 450m
Comments: 3
Views: 5613

Blue skies & pork pies: Ben More - Crianlarich

Attachment(s) Munros: Ben More, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 15/03/2015
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1060m
Comments: 1
Views: 3558


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