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Sub 2000s: Craignell

Date walked: 21/03/2020

Time taken: 1.75 hours

Distance: 6.5km

Ascent: 420m


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With only 2 Sub 2000's left south of the Central belt I had a decision to make regarding which one to tackle on my way home from Englandshire. I opted for Craignell as it was slightly further west, I did my usual research and as usual there aren't many walk reports to help. Once again I studied McMole's route and loosely followed it (thanks).
I arrived at my designated parking area shortly after 11am and was soon on my way.

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Parking layby, never saw a human being and the other 2 vehicles were still there when I returned

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Clatteringshaw Loch in the background

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The start of the walk looking back along the track

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The way ahead, with the ridge containing the summit in the distance

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Looking back at Clatteringshaw Loch

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Huge area, could even be a car park. For those with a bike you could save a few minutes by bringing it

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They don't have to travel far to get the stuff to make the track

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The way ahead, not long before I depart and head off piste

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Locked gate to negotiate

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Time to leave the track, the ground looks like other walkers have been that way, not keen on descending at this time

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The way ahead and there is a path albeit faint

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Looking back I was heading WSW running parallel to the ridge

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Looking back, the path was to the left of the trees

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The way ahead, sooner or later I will have to turn right and go uphill

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Here we go, time to start going up

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Views opening up, the little loch that can be seen is Lillies Loch

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Lillies loch and the end of the track is visible, I would be aiming for the clearing on my way down

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Lillies loch and the firebreak is very clear

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The way I am heading

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Looking west and shows the angle of ascent

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Cracking view now

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A cairn on the summit area, I wondered east trying to ascertain if it really was the highest spot. My altimetre couldn't find a higher spot

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Video taken on the summit area of Craignell

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Looking across the ridge to the cairn - does it look higher?

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A couple of small lochans on the summit ridge

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I opted for the direct descent route, not my best idea as it got a bit tricky lower down

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Looking back uphill to what I struggled down

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Still got a bit of battle before I reach the better terrain

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Looking back uphill

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Reached the clearing now

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Not far to the main track now

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Plenty of future work?

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Plenty of rotting timber, seems a terrible waste

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Looking across to Cairnsmore, the hill behind the mast

I was back the car much earlier than I had anticipated so I made an executive decision which wasn't a good one. I would try and tackle Cairnsmore from the north, I had my route plotted on my phone and as the walk is only a total of 4km it shouldn't be that difficult - WRONG. Here are a few pictures of my attempt.

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Nice large parking area, I wonder why there are no other vehicles parked

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The rest of the layby with the A712 in the background

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Looks OK at the moment, but the way ahead looks too familiar and not very friendly

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Someone else must have been here before me, interesting bridge

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Still doable

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Hmmmm, the way ahead, now the going gets tough

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Yes I battled through that, but it doesn't look like improving

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It had already taken me about 20mins to do about 400m and that's when I decided to go back to my car. Not only was I being attacked by branches, twigs and other dangling bits, the underfoot conditions were awful too - soft spongy soggy stuff or tussocks

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How inviting does this look, not very I can assure you

Cairnsmore isn't going anywhere and will still be there after the latest worldwide crisis is over, I will definitely have to plan a different route.

Yet another cracking day and I am glad I took the opportunity when I did as Covid 19 is now really starting to impact on every bit of our lives and who knows for how long. When I eventually get round to tackling Cairnsmore I will have climbed all the hills south of the Central Belt. One thing I won't miss is the Dumfries & Galloway roads, even the "A" class roads hardly have any straight bits, so you can imagine what the minor roads are like.
Stay safe everyone and let's all do as we are told by the 'experts'. The latest instruction regarding the great outdoors is stay local, so that is what I will be doing.

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2020

Trips: 8
Distance: 119.7 km
Ascent: 6155m
Munros: 4
Sub2000s: 6

2019

Trips: 40
Distance: 587.45 km
Ascent: 38667m
Munros: 43
Sub2000s: 39

2018

Trips: 43
Distance: 722.9 km
Ascent: 45363m
Munros: 59
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 40

2017

Trips: 32
Distance: 491.3 km
Ascent: 29918m
Munros: 35
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 15
Donalds: 14
Sub2000s: 15

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 938 km
Ascent: 56940m
Munros: 44
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 14
Donalds: 57
Sub2000s: 6
Hewitts: 2

2015

Trips: 61
Distance: 1027.1 km
Ascent: 64822m
Munros: 84
Corbetts: 12
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 12
Sub2000s: 4

2014

Trips: 47
Distance: 742.3 km
Ascent: 45170m
Munros: 58
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 7
Sub2000s: 12

2013

Trips: 11
Distance: 199.65 km
Ascent: 11664m
Munros: 21
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1

2011

Trips: 1
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 614m
Munros: 1

2007

Trips: 4
Distance: 53.5 km
Ascent: 4251m
Munros: 7

2006

Trips: 4
Distance: 60.5 km
Ascent: 3543m
Munros: 4

2005

Trips: 1
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 800m
Munros: 1

2004

Trips: 3
Distance: 86 km
Ascent: 5885m
Munros: 3

2003

Trips: 1
Distance: 24.25 km
Ascent: 1436m
Munros: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 48 km
Ascent: 2261m
Munros: 4

2001

Trips: 7
Distance: 104.5 km
Ascent: 6383m
Munros: 10

2000

Trips: 10
Distance: 133.75 km
Ascent: 9525m
Munros: 17

1999

Trips: 11
Distance: 189 km
Ascent: 11976m
Munros: 27

1998

Trips: 2
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1823m
Munros: 5

1997

Trips: 3
Distance: 51 km
Ascent: 2515m
Munros: 7

1996

Trips: 4
Distance: 47 km
Ascent: 3950m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1350m
Munros: 2

1994

Trips: 5
Distance: 56 km
Ascent: 4188m
Munros: 6


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