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Culter Fells

Route: Culter Fell circular, near Biggar

Grahams: Culter Fell, Gathersnow Hill
Donalds: Chapelgill Hill, Culter Fell, Gathersnow Hill, Hillshaw Head, Hudderstone

Date walked: 09/11/2019

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 22.6km

Ascent: 1117m

Had been waiting for a decent weather window to do the Culter Fell Donalds, as it's a long way to drive from Cumbria to be wandering around in the clag missing out on the views. Saturday 9th November looked OK so I met up with Karl at 0700 and we arrived at the start at about 0815. Except it was the wrong start (my fault) and we wasted a bit of time walking up the road and then, on realising my mistake, walking back again and driving to the correct start at Culter Allers Farm. We set off properly at 0845.

Weather was quite cold with some ice about and the slightest dusting of snow on the higher tops. It was rather breezy on the heights. We stopped at Holm Nick (between Gathersnow Hill and Culter Fell) for a lunch break. Got back to the car at 1545. A good walk on some fine, open hill country marred only by the windfarm.


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The big track leading up to Cowgill Rigg


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Back across the valley to Knowe Dodd


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Cowgill


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At the top of the plantation on Cowgill Rigg


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Culter Fell


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The track leading on up the rigg


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Tinto


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View west from high point on track where path up to Hudderstone strikes off. Dungavel Hill on R.


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View north


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Karl on summit of Hudderstone


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South to Camps Reservoir


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west


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Tinto again


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Culter Fell


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Over Snowgill Hill to Moss Law and Gathersnow Hill


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Onward route over Dod Hill and through the windfarm to Hillshaw Head


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In the midst of the windfarm, making good use of the roads


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Camps Reservoir


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Summit of Hillshaw Head


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Culter Fell, Chapelgill Hill, Gathersnow Hill


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Icicles somewhere between Hillshaw Head and Gathersnow Hill


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Culter Fell and Chapelgill Hill from Gathersnow Hill


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Karl on summit of Gathersnow Hill


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Tinto from Gathersnow Hill


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Talla and Fruid Reservoirs


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Broad Law and Talla Reservoir


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View down valley of Holms Water to Broughton Heights and the Pentlands


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Summit of Culter Fell looking towards Chapelgill Hill


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Broad Law & co.


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Tinto yet again


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Culter Fell from Chapelgill Hill


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Broad Law


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Broughton Heights and the Pentlands from Chapelgill Hill


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Summit of Chapelgill Hill


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Culter Fell from edge of Chapelgill Hill


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Culter Fell from Tippet Knowe


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Fell Shin from Tippet Knowe


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Lamington Hill and Tinto from Tippet Knowe


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The hills around Birthwood


Our descent from Tippet Knowe went down the very steep slope to the track beside Kings Beck. But a path, which wasn't marked on our map, leads along the southern edge of the plantation to the road beside Culter Water and would be a much better way down.

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Location: Cumbria
Activity: Mountain Walker
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Ideal day out: A round of summits with some scrambling thrown in.
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Munros: 237
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Grahams: 12
Donalds: 42
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Statistics

2019

Trips: 14
Distance: 203.65 km
Ascent: 16128m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 5
Hewitts: 12
Wainwrights 16

2018

Trips: 13
Distance: 185.7 km
Ascent: 12938m
Munros: 5
Hewitts: 18
Wainwrights 19

2017

Trips: 20
Distance: 324.06 km
Ascent: 21443m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Donalds: 12
Hewitts: 54
Wainwrights 47

2016

Trips: 27
Distance: 432.8 km
Ascent: 27445m
Munros: 25
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 5
Donalds: 12
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 28

2015

Trips: 19
Distance: 302.6 km
Ascent: 16073m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 2
Donalds: 5
Hewitts: 18
Wainwrights 28

2014

Trips: 13
Distance: 246.3 km
Ascent: 12584m
Munros: 10
Hewitts: 22
Wainwrights 22

2006

Trips: 1
Ascent: 2365m


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