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Proper "Mixed bag" in the deep SW

Sub 2000s: Cairnharrow, Mochrum Fell, Pibble Hill

Date walked: 18/05/2024

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12km

Ascent: 560m

What a day this turned out to be, a straight forward hill, an average hill & the final one ends up in our bottom three of awfulness / difficultness. Another weekend with a good forecast, I suggested we head down towards Gatehouse of Fleet way and pick off 4 wee hills to the west and north of G of F, I did the same four 6 years ago and the plan was to use the same routes apart from Pibble Hill. My route 6 years ago was shorter from the north, however it involved more ascent, so I fancied a change and we would start to the south of the summit.
My turn to drive and we left Fife at 7.30am with a drive of over 2 hours each way.

Cairnharrow Hill, 3.9km, 300m of ascent, 1hr 42mins

No route map for you, check out my previous visit as it was almost identical

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Cairnharrow Hill and the way ahead, summit out of view

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Parking area looking towards the Solway Firth

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We opted to keep to the left of the bracken that was growing

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Trying to figure out the green contraption

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The way ahead, nice steady ascent

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Looking back from higher up

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Summit in the distance

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Way up following the wall

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Looking back down the wiggly wall

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Heading up through the heather

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Cairnharrow trig

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The cairn

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Looking north, Pibble Hill is the next hill past the masts on Cambret Hill

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George searching for the trig number - in vain

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SE

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Parminder checking as well, won't be getting his camera out

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The only thing on the trig

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Nice wild flower

Pibble Hill, 5.1km, 139m of ascent, 1hr 42mins


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The way ahead, summit of Pibble in the distance - hardly any ascent, it would seem

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Horrible terrain to walk on, large tufty grass and squishy ground in between the tufts

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Picking their way between the tufts

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Looking back, the masts & Cairnharrow behind

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Following the wall

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Tufty grass shot

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Undulating stuff to get to the summit

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Not far now

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Not sure what George is conducting?

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Summit cairn

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Again

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Looking back over the undulating stuff

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Old wall that is gradually disappearing

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Looking uphill on the same wall

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Our direct route back to the car, was much flatter

After Pibble we headed into Gatehouse of Fleet with the intention of then heading north to our next start point for Bengray, however as we approached no parking cones were everywhere and then cars parked everywhere - then the sign we didn't want to see "road ahead closed", We turned around and tried heading west but the road west was also closed - some sort of huge UCI off road cycling event. So it was out with our phones, even though the signal was a bit iffy, we had a look to see what other hills we could tackle in the general area. After a discussion we opted to head eastish and then pick off Mochrum Fell. As this hill is unplanned I had no co-ordinates to put into the satnav, so it was down to my co-pilot George to use Locus to navigate to the start point, which he did superbly.

Mochrum Fell, 2.7km, 120m of ascent, 1hr 50mins


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Parking bit

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24deg when we left the car, as it only took me 45mins last time we opted to leave the rucksacks in the car

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Very green and very overgrown

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From 4 years ago

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Looking back

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Making good progress - initially

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Good views, just as well I took a few photo's before we entered the forest properly

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Only 120m of ascent but in the heat felt like more

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Parminder looking ahead and probably thinking "are you sure"

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George relaxing on his throne before the really tough stuff starts

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Parminder not looking impressed - not sure what all the dead timber was doing?

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Commando training has begun

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Just a shame I didn't take more action photo's but I was so hot and literally covered in pine needles, I was constanly brushing them off

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A very brief gap - and a view

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Head down and concentrating

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One of George's photo's, yes we are going that way!

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Me arriving at the summit

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Parminder looking lovingly at his favourite target

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Got the pose ready, but was cramped for room

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Naturally George was poised to get his usual Parminder summit photo

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The very limited view from the summit, I have no idea what direction that is

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4 years ago view from the summit

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4 years ago

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Another direction

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We were now trying to decide which would be the best descent route, hopefully without getting attacked

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Our selected descent route down a fire break

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There were a couple of 'challenging' bits but nothing as bad as the ascent

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Out of the forest onto the safety of a track, nowhere near where we wanted to be but we were just happy to escape the clutches of the forest

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Parminder joining us

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Almost tempted to go for a dip to cool down but the water was rather stagnant, as it turned out we got a bit of a soaking in a passing heavy shower that caught us just before we reached the car

It is 4 years since I was last at Mochrum Fell and one of the reasons we opted to tackle it was because after looking at my WR it looked fairly easy - well 45mins sounds easy. Having looked back at my photo's the one thing that is very obvious is how overgrown everything is, the young trees have an extra 4 years growth.
Once back at the car we discussed the Mochrum experience and decided that goes in the bottom 3 most challenging hills along with Law Kneis and Drumcroy Hill.

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