Five out Seven managed

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Grahams: Ballencleuch Law
Donalds: Ballencleuch Law, Comb Law, Gana Hill, Scaw'd Law, Wedder Law
Date walked: 26/06/2020
Distance: 19.5km
Ascent: 830m
Views: 9

Lowthers, just 5 of them George!

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Attachment(s) Grahams: Green Lowther
Donalds: Dun Law, East Mount Lowther, Green Lowther, Lousie Wood Law, Lowther Hill
Date walked: 20/06/2020
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 900m
Views: 21


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Grahams: Blackhope Scar
Donalds: Blackhope Scar, Bowbeat Hill, Dundreich
Date walked: 14/06/2020
Distance: 22km
Ascent: 535m
Views: 16

Cairnpapple & Allermuir

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Allermuir Hill, Cairnpapple Hill
Date walked: 07/06/2020
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 520m
Views: 23


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Sub 2000s: Bishop Hill, West Lomond
Date walked: 03/06/2020
Views: 24

Lockdown relaxation

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Sub 2000s: Bishop Hill, West Lomond
Date walked: 03/06/2020
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 750m
Views: 28

Good idea - BUT

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.

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

Clatteringshaw Loch in the background

The start of the walk looking back along the track

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

Looking back at Clatteringshaw Loch

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

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

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

Locked gate to negotiate

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

The way ahead and there is a path albeit faint

Looking back I was heading WSW running parallel to the ridge

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

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

Here we go, time to start going up

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

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

Lillies loch and the firebreak is very clear

The way I am heading

Looking west and shows the angle of ascent

Cracking view now

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

Video taken on the summit area of Craignell

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

A couple of small lochans on the summit ridge

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

Looking back uphill to what I struggled down

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

Looking back uphill

Reached the clearing now

Not far to the main track now

Plenty of future work?

Plenty of rotting timber, seems a terrible waste

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.

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

The rest of the layby with the A712 in the background

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

Someone else must have been here before me, interesting bridge

Still doable

Hmmmm, the way ahead, now the going gets tough

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

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

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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"Don't come too close to me" - Police

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Earl's Seat
Date walked: 17/03/2020
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 700m
Views: 48

Cairngorms bite back

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Munros: Ben Avon
Date walked: 06/03/2020
Distance: 34km
Ascent: 1005m
Comments: 1
Views: 75

More wee hills, thanks (McMole)

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Killyleoch Hill, Mochrum Fell
Date walked: 29/02/2020
Distance: 8km
Ascent: 340m
Comments: 3
Views: 304

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Location: Guess?
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Driving, cycling & music
Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: None in particular
Mountain: The last one
Place: Knoydart
Gear: Walking poles
Member: Scottish National Trust
Camera: Sony
Ideal day out: Anywhere as long as the weather is half decent
Ambition: To stay safe
Munro rounds: 1

Munros: 172
Corbetts: 40
Grahams: 15
Donalds: 16
Hewitts: 2
Sub 2000: 120
Islands: 5

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