Half of the Aonach's

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Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Mor
Date walked: 19/03/2019
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 570m
Views: 3

Another Borders raid

Sub 2000s: Green Hill, Hods Hill

Date walked: 23/02/2019

Time taken: 2.4 hours

Distance: 11km

Ascent: 485m

Yet another Borders raid on my way home from down south, this time I was visiting hills I almost walked over the last month. I had actually started walking Hods a few weeks ago and gave up after 10 minutes, far too windy and very cold. I am glad I did as it is a good wee hill offering great views of Daer Reservoir and umpteen wind turbines.

Hods Hill
Ascent: 285m
Distance: 7.5km
Time: 1hr 30mins

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Hods Hill route

Last time I parked near the dam but decided to park a bit further north, nearer to the main road very close to the cattle grid.

Parking spot

A few facts on Daer Reservoir


A wee bit boggy lower down

Wasn't tempted to climb up, even the padded seat wasn't enough

Looking back the seat in the previous photo is at the corner of the trees

You can't avoid them in the Borders

Low level shot of Daer Reservoir and the dam

Southern Upland Way symbol and it goes right over the summit of Hods Hill

Certainly didn't fancy climbing over the fence as the top 2 tiers are barbed wire

Plenty of these dotted along the ascent

Looking back downhill, nice gradual ascent

Video taken on the summit of Hods Hill

Summit of Hods Hill, otherwise known as a point where fences join

Video taken on the descent of the odd turbine or two, for a change they almost blend into the grey sky and haze

Slightly different descent route following the SUW down to the dam

Great view of Daer Reservoir

Getting closer to the reservoir and dam

A short video which is kind of mesmerising, watching the water flow over the side

Intruders are obviously not welcome

As the drive to Wanlockhead was only about 15mins or so I decided to keep my boots on, the roads around the Lowthers are great driving roads, undulating and bendy. I parked in the same spot that George and I used on our last visit a couple of weeks ago. Our excuse then was that the rain had just started and we had already 'bagged' 3 Marilyns.

Green Hill
Ascent: 200m
Distance: 3.5km
Time: 50mins

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Green Hill route, straight up and down

Looking down on the 'overflow' car park, but it doesn't say what for?

Looking back down on Wanlockhead

I had to stop for a photo as I had been trying to eat an apple whilst struggling for breath on the steep incline. I quickly came to the conclusion that huffing and puffing and eating an apple is very difficult and I wouldn't recommend it.

Looking across to the bigger hills - Lowthers

Still got a bit of ascending, the good thing is once the top of Black Hill is reached it is very easy after that

Wanlockhead from slightly higher up

Something burning over the hill

Track reached, followed it for 200m or so then straight up to the summit

Pole in a dod of concrete marks the summit

I knew this was the summit of Green Hill, however looking west to the gate and the fence the ground looked higher, so I wondered over and it is one of many optical illusions. According to my watch it is a couple of metres lower.

The higher spot to the west

Video taken on the summit of Green Hill

Video taken looking across to the Lowthers and down onto Wanlockhead

I parked overlooking what looks like the 'old' bowling green

The old clubhouse?

An enjoyable afternoon and it was great to get out again, Hods Hill in my opinion was the better of the 2 hills, Green Hill is literally a straight up and down if you tackle it from Wanlockhead.

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3 out of 4 ain't bad

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cairn Hill, Cairnkinna Hill, Kirkland Hill
Date walked: 10/02/2019
Distance: 13.8km
Ascent: 955m
Comments: 5
Views: 368

What a difference!

Attachment(s) Munros: Stob a'Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar
Date walked: 01/02/2019
Distance: 16.5km
Ascent: 1210m
Comments: 3
Views: 543

Monadhliath should be easy, in theory

Munros: A' Chailleach (Monadhliath), Carn Dearg (Monadhliath), Carn Sgulain
Date walked: 24/01/2019
Distance: 24.8km
Ascent: 1100m
Comments: 2
Views: 357

Nae views again

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Munros: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain
Date walked: 20/01/2019
Distance: 12.5km
Ascent: 1020m
Views: 19

The pensioners first outing with a Bletherer

Attachment(s) Munros: Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a'Bheithir), Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a'Bheithir)
Date walked: 04/01/2019
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 1490m
Comments: 4
Views: 367

A couple of Common Hills

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Common Hill
Date walked: 26/12/2018
Distance: 17.5km
Ascent: 550m
Comments: 1
Views: 193

3 summits for 2 blue balloons

Attachment(s) Munros: Ben More, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 10/12/2018
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1800m
Comments: 3
Views: 364

4 Hours Driving, 17 Minutes Walking!

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Hightown Hill
Date walked: 24/11/2018
Distance: 1.2km
Ascent: 100m
Comments: 3
Views: 462

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