Turnhouse Hill - Discretion being the better part of Valour

Route: Glencorse View and Castlelaw, Flotterstone

Date walked: 17/04/2018

Time taken: 2.5 hours

With a nasty turn in the weather but the need to get out on an unexpected free day, Uisken (aka Boo) and I headed over to Flotersham to amble round the reservoirs this afternoon. However, on arriving (after a divertion for hot chocolate and scones at a certain outdoor shop) we discovered the rain had stopped and the tops were clear. Which just left the wind. Ah, the wind...

So, we instantly changed plans with a view to a yomp over Scald Law and off we set, enthusiastically. The climb to Glen Corse View was lung-bursting enough but I put this down to simply getting into our stride, maybe a little too quickly. A slight delay while we tracked down a geocache took the heart rate back to normal and log signed,


Turnhouse beckoned . And then the wind hit us! We had hardly started the second climb before I lost my hat ( now probably in The murky deeps of Glencorse) at such a speed it was impossible to retrieve it, then I lost my balance and then I saw Boo, a little higher up, get taken off her 4 paws! "All part if the adventure..." I told her as we pressed on. Pressed was the operative word as at times I felt like I was literally pressing my body into the wind while anchoring myself with my poles in order to stay upright. By now, Boo's face had grown a lot longer.

But what to do? The wind was now so strong that the prospect of retracing our steps with it at my back on steep ground was not the best of prospects. We had to go on, attain Turnhouse and then drop down to the Carnethy bealach to find a sheltered route off the hill. And this we did, sometimes with me on hands and knees, at other times staggering as though I was drunk. Boo was totally unimpressed. We finally touched the cairn, crawled around to locate another geocache and slithered off to our next objective.

Someone call the SSPCA! Collie abuse!

Looking wistfully at the climb to Carnethy, it was clear the discretion really was the better part of valour today, even if we were a little late in exercising it. Once blissfully in the shelter of the north western slopes, we tucked into our piece: cheese sandwiches, Gravybones and coffee before heading down a quad track to the valley below. A pleasant stroll back to Flottersam ended our day on a good sense of Adventure rather than disappointment.

Who would have thought it was so lethal up there!

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