Queensberry rules - seconds out, round two!

Grahams: Queensberry
Donalds: Queensberry

Date walked: 05/01/2018

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 10.4km

Ascent: 550m

Yesterday had been a dreich affair on Hods Hill and plans to do Ballencleuch Law and Comb Law had been swiftly binned in favour of an early walk in to Brattleburn. The walk in was a fairly arduous affair, particularly the section over Craig Hill, due to the significant quantities of fuel and alcohol being carried. Craig and myself were feeling it rather more than Kev, him having been out quite a bit in December, while Craig is a much less regular visitor to the hills and I had been idle in that respect since early October.

We were joined briefly in the bothy during the evening by a family group from Beattock who said they were regular visitors but usually just popped in for a few hours to have their dinner and sit by the fire, before heading home again for the night. They knew all the forest tracks and how to get their vehicle fairly close to the bothy. They set about doing their thing in the other downstairs room, which generally involved a lot of shouting and feverish wood chopping activity! One of the guys was very keen to show off his new axe which his wife had given him for Christmas and which was so sharp that he had even been able to shave with it! Mmmmmmm!!!! Time for a sharp exit! :shock:

I declined the chance to spend the night sitting in an armchair by the fire as I had done on my previous visit and spent a cosy night sleeping soundly on the raised platform, oblivious to the activities of Kev and Craig who were up answering calls of nature and tending to the fire throughout the night.

Brattleburn at first light

As is always the case with a bothy stay, the walk out in the morning was a pleasure in comparison to the walk in, with all that fuel and alcohol having been consumed. We made a cracking pace back to the cars near Middlegill and after a quick stop for some provisions in Moffat, were on our way up the farm road over Beattock Hill towards the parking area at Kinnelhead.


A familiar green sign points the way

And so for my second outing of the fledgling 2018. It was a glorious morning as we set out on the track towards Lochanhead and then up the tree line towards the Pot of Ae and onto Queensberry shoulder, in the shadow of the windfarm, a seemingly omnipresent feature of the Southern Upland hills.

Kev and Craig on the track to Lochanhead

Back to the Moffat hills across the M74

Vapour trail over Queensberry

Approaching Lochanhead

Burn crossing just before Lochanhead

Start of the ascent proper

Farmer on quad bike feeding his flock on the flanks of Peat Hill, snow covered Moffat hills in the background

Thank goodness this monster bog was fairly well frozen!

In the shadow of wind turbines

Climbing above the Pot of Ae

Low cloud steaming in

The good weather and views didn't quite see us to the summit, where we were enveloped in a bit of low cloud. We could just make out the faint shape and shoreline of Daer Reservoir off to the north and parts of the route into Burleywhag that Kev and I had taken a couple of years ago, but that was about that.

Last few metres to Queensberry and Kev's 50th Donald!

Not enough strength in that January sun!

Three stooges

My first Graham since the heady days of summer and my first Donald since the heady days of 2016!

Sporting the Asda FM look!

Name that album cover!

In the interests of a varied hill diet, we took an alternative descent route, heading on a more north easterly bearing to skirt Mount Glass before descending through the valley towards the little lochan of Brekeney Hole, where we picked up the track back to Kinnelhead.

Descending from Lochan Craig

Peathill Craig

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Hods Hill
Date walked: 04/01/2018
Distance: 7.2km
Ascent: 350m
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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Creag na Doire Duibhe
Date walked: 10/10/2017
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Ascent: 270m
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Attachment(s) Munros: Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain
Date walked: 09/10/2017
Distance: 13.3km
Ascent: 970m
Comments: 6
Views: 650

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn Maol Chaluim
Date walked: 08/10/2017
Distance: 8.2km
Ascent: 960m
Comments: 7
Views: 425

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Meall Lighiche
Date walked: 07/10/2017
Distance: 10.7km
Ascent: 770m
Comments: 3
Views: 395

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Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor
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Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1420m
Comments: 10
Views: 885

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cruban Beag
Date walked: 15/09/2017
Distance: 4.2km
Ascent: 370m
Comments: 2
Views: 311

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Garbh-bheinn (Skye)
Grahams: Belig, Marsco
Date walked: 20/07/2017
Distance: 12.5km
Ascent: 1620m
Comments: 1
Views: 258

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Attachment(s) Munros: Gairich
Date walked: 19/07/2017
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1000m
Comments: 1
Views: 375

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