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Carsphairn & Moorbrock from the SE

Corbetts: Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Donalds: Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, Moorbrock Hill

Date walked: 21/05/2022

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 15.5km

Ascent: 885m

Another venture back down to the SW again this time for a bit of an adventurous plan - for me at least.
I looked at various options for tackling these 2 hills together, read a few walk reports and finally came up with a cunning plan. Linking these 2 hills together is not ideal as there is a glen between them which takes you down to 465m a drop of 350m off Cairnsmore which as it is quite steep doesn't take too long.
My original plan was to start from the usual start point on here, but the thought of having to ascend round Cairnsmore again was not very appealing. So the route from the SE was more appealing as it has over 200m of less ascent, which is good for me because that is where I am struggling.
We left Fife shortly before 8am and were walking 2 hours later.


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George parked at the entrance and we opted to head up the newly created track - as it was featured on Locus (our navigation app)

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Had we stopped to read all that blurb it would have been dark before we set off

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We must have seen about 10 of these on our travels

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Feeding point for animals, not sure if it is for farm animals or deer?

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Salt block for animals. the only other time we have seen these was in the Fannichs

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Excellent track with a gradual incline, the big drawback we would be descending soon

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Storage area for machinery and other stuff, also has a portable CCTV system

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Not the biggest windfarm

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You can see the descent ahead, Moorbrock Hill in the distance would be our second hill

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We tiptoed past the Moorbrock houses as the track takes you very close to the buildings. This building was being built on my last visit 5 years ago

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We followed the track as far as the digger in the distance

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Beautiful water feature, much better than the concrete ones you pay a fortune for at your local garden centre

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Different angle, there are 3 ponds at different levels

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Target practice?

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Not a bad front drive, nice and colourful

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The plan is to loosely follow the wall and burn through the gap in the trees

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Another viewing platform

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Looking back, the terrain wasn't ideal, undulating and a tad damp

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George leading the way, we are aiming for half way up the ridge - then traverse round along the 600m contour line

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Beninner

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Moorbrock Hill in the background

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The weather was pretty grotty now

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If you zoom in you will see the cairn on Beninner

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The final push to the summit of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

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A fair sized cairn on the summit

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Summit trig and shelter

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Weather was starting to improve for our descent of Cairnsmore

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Something that is common in the Borders peeking out under the cloud

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The descent was fairly steep but very doable

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One of George's looking uphill

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Looking northish

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Moorbrock Hill, our original plan was to head straight up the front of it

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Not much descending left, the ground was to get rather damp underfoot

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New deer fence

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Looking back up to Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, doesn't look steep from this angle

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Parminder found a cane with a wee flag on it, he was planning to utilise on the summit of Moorbrock

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We spotted this track earlier and amended our approach up Moorbrock to make the underfoot walking much easier, it did involve adding a bit of a detour but it was a much better option than a pathless slog

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Another viewing platform

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And another one, with Beninner in the background

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The track is a bit overgrown, but still much better than tussocky grass

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Interesting grassy plant formation, quite a few of these

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Looking down towards Moorbrock House, this would be our descent route

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The sun suddenly made an appearance and all the dampness on the ground was being drawn upwards

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We are now on the summit plateau area of Moorbrock, the summit isn't what you could describe as pointy

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Parminder carefully placing his recently acquired flag

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The huge summit cairn and the modification with Windy Standard in the background

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Final descent now, we are aiming for the track and then Moorbrock House area

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Another platform

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Very tidy area around Moorbrock House and the other buildings

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The water feature again

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And again

Despite the grotty weather at the start of the day, I really enjoyed myself, still struggling uphill but I think I am improving slightly. Our next outing will depend on where the weather is more favourable, we may even head north and tackle one of our outstanding Munro's.

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Interests: Driving, cycling & music
Activity: Munro compleatist
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Ideal day out: Anywhere as long as the weather is half decent
Ambition: To stay safe
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Corbetts: 50
Grahams: 33
Donalds: 85
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Ascent: 10386m
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Distance: 587.45 km
Ascent: 38667m
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Distance: 722.9 km
Ascent: 45363m
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Corbetts: 2
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Distance: 491.3 km
Ascent: 29918m
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Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 15
Donalds: 14
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2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 938 km
Ascent: 56940m
Munros: 44
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Sub2000s: 6
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2015

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Distance: 1027.1 km
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2014

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

2013

Trips: 12
Distance: 206.65 km
Ascent: 12364m
Munros: 21
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1

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Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 614m
Munros: 1

2007

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Distance: 53.5 km
Ascent: 4251m
Munros: 7

2006

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

2005

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Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 800m
Munros: 1

2004

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Distance: 86 km
Ascent: 5885m
Munros: 3

2003

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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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