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Monday, 1 May 2017

Cuillin Ridge An Dorus to Coir' a' Tairneilear

Walk Summary
Striding Edge, Sharpe Edge and Crib Goch. All classic ridge walks
Bidein Druim nan Ramh summit
and all within the aspirations of the capable hill walker. The difference with the An Dorus to Coir' a' Tairneilear section of the Cuillin Ridge is that it has one Munro and three difficult to access Corbett Tops of Munro, which I reckon are out of reach of the average hill walker unless you have someone in the party with mountaineering skills.

Iain Gallagher of Kendal Mountaineering Services was that man for us. Here is his blog report.
To start with  there is the initial 3¼ mile walk from Glen Brittle YH to gain the ridge at An Dorus, taking us 2½ hours. We then made a small diversion continuing the ascent to the right to bag Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh the first Munro of the day in an effort to make the next day a little easier (and one less summit for tomorrow after going up The Inaccessible Pinnacle), before returning to An Dorus and on to the second and final Munro of the day - Sgurr a'Mhadaidh.
Steve & Jon on An Caisteal summit final summit of day.
Sgurr Bairnich and Bruach na Frith behind
So that is the easy part of the day done. Ahead of us are three rarely visited Corbett Tops of Munro and probably the most challenging summit Bidein Druim nan Ramh North Top missing out on Corbett Top status by just 1m of prominence, but taking nearly 1 hour to cover the 0.06 miles from the parent summit of Bidein Druim nan Ramh. 
There is a 24 hour challenge called The Cuillin Round where these summits have to be completed without use of ropes to have any chance of completing the challenge, but that was not for us. So one roped up-climb 3 abseils down, including 2 off Bidein Druim nan Ramh and an exposed scramble to the abseil station and a final roped down climb in to the Tairneilear Gap made for probably one of the best days you are likely to have on the hill - if you have a good head for heights. For me the roped up parts were the most comfortable given that because we were roped up with secure belays the exposure and consequences of a slip were not so acute. The rest of the time there was still plenty of exposure requiring great care and focus of mind.
Tired legs walking out down Coire na Creiche
Having safely reached the Tairneilear Gap all that remained was the down walk back to the second vehicle parked at the Fairy Pools car park. Only 3 miles but taking 2½ hours. "All that remained..." is of course tongue in cheek because from the Tairneilear Gap is a scree descent from hell down Coir' a' Tairneilear and the final long walk down Coire na Creiche following the River Brittle passed The Fairy Pools.
A total of 8 miles in 11 hours with nearly 1500m of ascent all this with a near perfect blue sky, light winds and hot sun, leaving us knackered but exhilarated, hoping we had saved enough energy for tomorrows route up The Inaccessible Pinnacle.


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 01 May 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith, Jon Glew, Iain Gallagher

Accommodation - Sligachan Bunkhouse
Start Point - Walker's car park near Shepherds Cottage (NT 11958 37441)
Start Time - 11:07
Finish Point Walker's car park near Shepherds Cottage (NT 11958 37441)
Finish Time- 18:04
Total Duration - 6hrs 57mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.45mph
Total Distance Walked - 10.07 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1070.21metres


Peaks visited
Munro (282)

Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh (41)
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh (17) (first visited May 2014)
Simm (2190S - 2533E,W &S)
Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh (94S - 426E,W & S)
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh (37S - 249E,W & S) (first visited May 2014)
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Far East Top (95S - 427E,W & S)
Bidein Druim nan Ramh (96S - 428E,W & S)
An Caisteal (97S - 429E,W & S)
Munro Top (227)
NONE
Murdo (443)
Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh (53)
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh (25) (first visited May 2014)

Corbett (221)
NONE
Corbett Top of Munro (266)
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Far East Top (8)
Bidein Druim nan Ramh (9)
An Caisteal (10)
Corbett Top of Corbett (186)
NONE
Graham (219)
NONE
Graham Top of Munro (193)
NONE
Graham Top of Corbett (373)
NONE
Graham Top of Graham (207)
NONE
Donald (89)
NONE
Donald Top (51)
NONE
New Donald (118)
NONE
Marilyn (1218S - 1556E,W&S))
NONE
Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)
Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh (118S - 435E,W & S)
Bidein Druim nan Ramh (119S - 436E,W & S)
Highland Five (248)
NONE
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2017
April
24th Calkin Rig, Grange Fell & Pikethaw Hill
25th Belling Hill, Rubers Law & Wisp Hill
26th Goseland Hill & Lamington Hill
27th Beinn Narnain and A'Chrois
28th Meall Mor & Glas Bheinn
29th Glas Bheinn Mhor & Beinn na Cro
30th Beinn na Seamraig & Ben Aslack
May
01st Cuillin Ridge An Dorus to Coir' a' Tairneilear
02nd Inaccessible Pinnacle & Sgurr na Banachdich
03rd Meall a' Mhaoil and Loch Ainort Peninsula TUMPs
04th Am Basteir & Bhasteir Tooth
05th Bla Bheinn [Blabheinn] [Blaven]
06th Sgurr Na Stri
07th Glamaig and the Beinn Deargs
08th Beinn nan Carn
09th Garbh-bheinn Marilyns less Marsco
11th Broadford Marilyns & Beinn Dearg Bheag
12th Sleat Penisinsular Marilyns
14th Sgurr an Airgid
16th Beinn na Sroine & Beinn Udlaidh
17th Meall Odhar & Beinn Chuirn from By The Way, Tyndrum

Route
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Time for a breather on what is easier ground on way up An Caisteal
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Areas 3 and 28A Marilyns on the way to The Isle of Skye

Trip summary
First week of an extended trip Marilyn bagging north of the border centred around 10 days on the Isle of Skye with walking aquaintence, but now buddy, Jon Glew staying at Sligachen Bunkhouse on the Isle of Skye. The primary aim being to ascend Sgurr Dearg - Innaccessible Pinnacle but with luck and good weather complete all twelve Isle of Skye Munros started back in April 2014.
With two trips already this year bagging more than 60 peaks and 29 Marilyns hill fitness is pretty much as good as it has ever been, so this week focused on outstanding Marilyns of Area 28B: The River Tweed to the English Border, which hopefully will provide the extra conditioning needed to prepare for the long days and exertions The Cuillin Ridge is likely to demand.


Day 01 Monday 24 April 2017
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 24 April 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Bush of Ewes Farm, Langholme C&CC Certified Site
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 5hrs 48mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.93mph
Total Distance Walked - 11.17 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1028.17metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (1218S - 1556E,W&S)
Calkin Rig (87S - 329E,W&S)
Grange Fell (88S - 330E,W&S)
Pikethaw Hill (89S - 331E,W&S)
Donald Deweys (248S)
Pikethaw Hill (36)
HuMPs (2168S - 2975E,W&S)
Calkin Rig (102S - 419E,W&S)
Grange Fell (103S - 420E,W&S)
Pikethaw Hill (104S - 421E,W&S)
TUMP[4]s (1293S - 2050E,W&S)
Calkin Rig
TUMP[3]s (2407S - 2050E,W&S)
Grange Fell
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Calkin Rig
Pass above byre at Calkin just before Calkin Sike.
Calkin Rig ahead in trees.

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4.85 miles, 377.45m ascent, Start Point:-Grass verge near farm track just north of Bombie Cottages, Hopsrig (NY 31861 88847), Finish Point:-Grass verge near farm track just north of Bombie Cottages, Hopsrig (NY 31861 88847), Start Time-09:52am, Finish Time-11:53am, Duration-2 hours 01 minute, Average pace-2.40mph
Plan was to start in Hopsrigg but found good parking  on grass verge near farm track just north of Bombie cottages (NY 31861 88846). Anti-clockwise route past Calkin byre then head up NE ridge to summit, rather than steeper route planned up east boundary of plantation consuming Clakin Rig summit. Summit is on fire break about 20m past first fb junction when approached from ESE plantation boundary corner. Returned by following fence to Shaw Hill and picking up track used for ascent.. Nice easy start to days walking in warm spring sunshine.
Grange Fell
Looking down Caruthers Fell at walks finish
during descent from Grange Fell

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1.67 miles, 178.40m ascent, Start Point:-Roadside just north of Carruthers Bridge (NY 25214 81208), Finish Point:-Roadside just north of Carruthers Bridge (NY 25214 81208), Start Time-12:33pm, Finish Time-13:40pm, Duration-1 hour 07 minutes, Average pace-1.50mph
Turned up at start point last night after 6 hour drive from Suffolk but somehow did not fancy it. Must be losing my resolve, but at least could survey parking for start point. Only problem was today space was taken at identified point near road junction to the east by lorry on driver break, so parked off road further south towards Carruthers Bridge (NY 25230 81189). Seems a better place as forces a more gentle ascent along ATV track. Went through gate near plantation but found hole in wall on descent and found easier ground on south side of wall. Either way a bushwack through for rest to summit and trig pillar and post in clearing. Look for a break in trees for easier time.
Pikethaw Hill
Access to fell towards Eweslees.
Pikethaw Hill beyond and to the left

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4.65 miles, 472.32m ascent, Start Point:-Layby on A7 NE of Eweslees farm entrance (NY 39213 97661), Finish Point:-Layby on A7 NE of Eweslees farm entrance (NY 39213 97661, Start Time-14:51pm, Finish Time-17:31pm, Duration-2 hours 40 minutes, Average pace-1.74mph
Parked in layby on A7 north of farm entrance then walked back to farm for access to fell. Plan was to go on to Wisp Hill but as was first walk of trip decided on steep ascent up Fordham Height via Peach Hill that would come back another day for this. Any doubt I might change my mind was dashed when hail driven by cold north westerly which changed to fast settling snow at summit confirmed the revised plan. Followed fence and boundary from summit to Ewes Doors then straight forward descent to farm and back along A7 to van.

Day 02 Tuesday 25 April 2017
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 25 April 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Gibson Park Caravan Club Site, Melrose
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 4hrs 28mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.82mph
Total Distance Walked - 8.11 miles
Total Height Ascended - 818.42metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (1218S - 1556E,W&S)
Belling Hill (90S - 332E,W&S)
Rubers Law (91S - 333E,W&S)
Wisp Hill (92S - 334E,W&S)
Donald Deweys (248S)
Wisp Hill (37)
Comb Hill (38)
HuMPs (2168S - 2975E,W&S)
Belling Hill (105S - 422E,W&S)
Rubers Law (106S - 423E,W&S)
Wisp Hill (107S - 424E,W&S)
TUMP[4]s (1293S - 2050E,W&S)
Rubers Law
TUMP[3]s (2407S - 2050E,W&S)
Belling Hill
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Belling Hill
Belling Hill summit is a small cairn south of wall corner
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1.02 miles, 56.93m ascent, Start Point:-Layby near forrest track to Falside (NT 64392 11435),Finish Point:-Layby near forrest track to Falside (NT 64392 11435), Start Time-11:21am, Finish Time-11:53am, Duration-0 hours 32 minute, Average pace-1.91mph
Easy one for first of day. Up forest track from Falside then right at fire break which is now a junction between established plantation on right and newer one on left. Left at forest wall boundary and summit is on raised area just to left of first bend in wall to the right. Descended by more direct route to the SE that was apparently more difficult to spot on the way up.
Rubers Law
Looking north at Rubers Law trig pillar can see storm heading
straight for us. Time to get off the hill

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2.32 miles, 251.00m ascent, Start Point:-Grass verge near field entrance due west of Billerwell (NT 59557 15473), Finish Point:-Grass verge near field entrance due west of Billerwell (NT 59557 15473),Start Time-12:43pm, Finish Time-13:54pm, Duration-1 hour 11 minutes, Average pace-1.96mph
Parked on road to east of summit due west of Billerwell Farm (NT59556 15472). Follow farm track as far as it goes then followed wall to fort and on to summit.Descended by SE route.
Wisp Hill
Unseasonably snowy for late April on Wisp Hill
after sitting out snow storm just off summit on south

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4.77 miles, 510.49m ascent, Start Point:-Layby on A7 NE of Eweslees farm entrance (NY 39213 97661), Finish Point:-Layby on A7 NE of Eweslees farm entrance (NY 39213 97661), Start Time-14:50pm, Finish Time-17:35pm, Duration-2 hours 45 minutes, Average pace-1.73mph
Parked in same layby (NY39225 97631) used yesterday to go up Pikethaw Hill. Snow storm yesterday just before Pikethaw Hill is reason having to do Wisp Hill today. Ascended via Whin Fell, but snow storm similar to yesterday required me to lay up for 15 minutes just before Wisp Hill to shelter from driving snow. Then went on to Comb Hill which I would not have done if done yesterday, so a bonus Donald Dewey completed as well.

Day 03 Wednesday 26 April 2017
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 26 April 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Glenloin House Campsite
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 2hrs 26mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.82mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.43 miles
Total Height Ascended - 465.32metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (1218S - 1556E,W&S)
Goseland Hill (93S - 335E,W&S)
Lamington Hill (94S - 336E,W&S)
Donald Deweys (248S)
NONE
HuMPs (2168S - 2975E,W&S)
Goseland Hill (108S - 425E,W&S)
Lamington Hill (109S - 426E,W&S)
TUMP[4]s (1293S - 2050E,W&S)
Goseland Hill
Lamington Hill
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Goseland Hill
Goseland Hill summit and trig Pillar towards Tinto on the right
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1.33 miles, 191.93m ascent, Start Point:-Quarry at base of Oak Brae (NT 07232 34407), Finish Point:-Quarry at base of Oak Brae (NT 07232 34407), Start Time-13:32pm, Finish Time-14:27am, Duration-0 hours 55 minute, Average pace-1.45mph
Ample parking at farm track entrance opposite Mitchell Hill Farm. Straight up 45° slope up Oak Brae for approx 400 then vere left along ridge to summit and trig pillar. Back down same way.
Lamington Hill

Cowgill Lower Reservoir from Lamington Hill

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3.10 miles, 273.39m ascent, Start Point:-Roadside parking on Nips Road opposite phonebox in Lamington (NS 98021 31082), Finish Point:-Roadside parking on Nips Road opposite phonebox in Lamington (NS 98021 31082), Start Time-14:38pm, Finish Time-16:09pm, Duration-1 hour 31 minutes, Average pace-2.04mph
Street parking on Nips Road. Straight up and down through plantation then on to open fell. Stopped off on way north to Isle of Skye.

Day 04 Thursday 27 April 2017
After 3 good days Marilyn bagging in area 28A the plan was to go up the Munro Ben Ime and the Corbett Beinn Luibhean. Having settled in to Glenloin campsite, Arrochar Rob Woodall had posted on facebook that Alan Whatley would be completing his GB mainland Humps on A'Chrois so not wanting to miss the opportunity to share such a momentous achievement with Alan, not to mention the free whiskey I changed my plan and decided to meet him in the cafe next morning. This is written up on a separate page Beinn Narnain and Alan Whatleys final GB mainland HuMP.

Day 05 Friday 28 April 2017
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 25 April 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Glenloin House Campsite
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 2hrs 56mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.67mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.89 miles
Total Height Ascended - 524.45metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (1218S - 1556E,W&S)
Meall Mor (96S - 338E,W&S)
Glas Bheinn (97S - 339E,W&S)
Highland Five (771S)
Glas Bheinn (4)
HuMPs (2168S - 2975E,W&S)
Meall Mor (112S - 429E,W&S)
Glas Bheinn (113S - 430E,W&S)
TUMP[4]s (1293S - 2050E,W&S)
Meall Mor
Meall Beag
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Meall Mor and Glas Bheinn
Memorial to Ronald Harvey (died 01 Dec 1962)
looking north across Rannoch Moor
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Moving day to Sligachen Bunkhouse, but first meet up with Jon Glew at Tyndrum Information office car park.
I had looked for a couple of Marilyns that we could pick off on the way up and had identified Meall Mor and Glas Bheinn either side of the A82 acting as gateposts to Rannoch Moor. The only thing was I was not sure if Jon would be up for it after his long drive up from Wiltshire. Now I know him better maybe I should have suggested a Munro with half a dozon "minor" TUMPs tagged on at the end.
Parking on rough gravel at the side of the A82 normally used by service vehicles for the radio mast half way up Meall Mor, we set off up the grassy hillside chatting about what lie is store for us on the Isle of Skye. In no time we were on the summit looking at what we thought was an obvious TUMP to the NW that did not appear to be on the hill-bagging website. It was but we (I) had not hit the correct link. So off we goes and bags Meall Beag giving it a good old visual survey and standing on every possible high point to report this "new" TUMP. On the way back we visited the memorial to Ron Harvey and also on the way back to Meall Mor the lower Meall Mor cairn.
So far so good loads of subsidiary points visited. From Meall Mor we viewed the best route for Glas Bheinn on the other side of the A82 and headed straight for it climbing over plantation deer fences and up on to the ridge before turning left, climbing over every conceivable high point and spot height on the way to Glas Bheinn cairn and high point on the rock just after, returning more or less the same way and back to the vehicles at the SE base of Meall Mor.
Not a long walk but a good intro to the bagging we will be sharing over the next 10 days, visiting loads of extra TUMPs (not to mention trigs and bench marks) managing  at least one Marilyn on every day without any rest days.

Friday, 24 February 2017

The Broughton Marilyns

Walk Summary
First summit of Clover Law on left, higher snow covered summits
in distance from walkers car park near Shepherds Cottage.
Not quite the winter mountaineering I had planned for this trip when I first polled the hill walking community to share the cost of a mountain guide to be roped up on an icy ridge between Munros. Or in the absence of company - donning crampons and ice axe attempting less challenging Munro routes within my own skill set and capabilities.
Plan was to head for Schiehallion but following Storm Doris, abandoned that idea due to unlikelihood of van being able to navigate minor road to car park on way to Strath Fionan. So Plan B or is it C or even D to base myself at Crianlarich YH and do maybe Beinn Ime, Vorlich & Narmain has also been abandoned due to wife's ill health back home. Was just a cold that we both acquired from our gran-daughter but where mine seems to have been blown away somewhere in the Pentland Hills, hers seemed to be taking a real hold, not clearing up and clearly in need of some TLC form yours truly.
Immensely disappointing but hey ho - "A man's got a do what a man's gotta do". Not sure how many winters I have to go out above the Munro snowline but this ain't going to be one of them.
As it turned out Doris managed a massive dump of snow south of Edinburgh including the Broughton Hills and provided some challenging winter conditions which in essence encapsulated everything I get out of hill walking:-
  • Purpose - Well it is a walk with defined objectives in terms of route to follow and peaks to visit.
  • Challenge - At 11 miles planned with over 1100m of ascent certainly qualifies in my book as something that is challenging enough. The route included all three Marilyns all of which are above 500m and therefore Donald Deweys as well as four further 500m summits making seven Donald Deweys in all.
  • Adventure - Not in the terms of being life threatening but in terms of not knowing for sure the outcome, especially with the inclusion of knee deep snow for much of the route, though in many ways the snow helped by infilling the gaps between the heather on the steep(ish) descents It has to be said however that the the horseshoe nature of the route left a simple escape route by descending left at any point down to The John Buchan Way, mitigating much of the risk
  • Fulfilment - In some respects the fulfilment part is well "self fulfilling" but is simply a specific days planned route within a particular trip plan which is just one of many trips for the year ahead all geared to completing a larger more challenging task of visiting all 1556 GB Marilyns, over the coming years. Therein lies the scope and scale of the purpose which offers the probability of not completing where success is not guaranteed and no chance of fulfilment without a lot of hard work, focus and commitment.
Shepherd hut at Stobo Hopehead on way down Penvalla.
Overlooked by Green Law and Broughton Heights.
Starting late meant daylight hours were limited and actually involved some decision making to take place for me to ignore my rule to be always heading down hill before it got dark. Experience built up over recent years enabled me to weigh up the situation and complete the final Marilyn as dusk was falling whilst obviously feeling really tired. On the face of it fool hardy but in my mind no.
Returning to the van wet and tired with enough energy, after fuelling up at Moffat chippy, to drive home overnight.
Because of horse shoe nature of route plenty of options for exit route down to John Buchan Way from most peaks at any time but not required.Overall achieved ambitious route more or less as planned except for easier ascent following wall then path through heather to fence west of Clover Law and a more direct descent down Trahenna Hill. 


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 24 February 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Edinburgh Caravan Club Site, Edinburgh,
Start Point - Walker's car park near Shepherds Cottage (NT 11958 37441)
Start Time - 11:07
Finish Point Walker's car park near Shepherds Cottage (NT 11958 37441)
Finish Time- 18:04
Total Duration - 6hrs 57mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.45mph
Total Distance Walked - 10.07 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1070.21metres


Peaks visited
Munro (282)

NONE
Simm (2190S - 2533E,W &S)
NONE
Munro Top (227)
NONE
Murdo (443)
NONE
Corbett (221)

NONE
Corbett Top of Munro (???)
NONE
Corbett Top of Corbett (???)
NONE
Graham (219)
NONE
Graham Top of Munro (???)
NONE
Graham Top of Corbett (???)
NONE
Graham Top of Graham (???)
NONE
Donald (89)
NONE
Donald Top (51)
NONE
New Donald (118)
NONE
Marilyn (1218S - 1556E,W&S))
Broughton Heights [Pyked Stane Hill] (84S - 326E,W&S)
Penvalla (85S - 327E,W&S)
Trahenna Hill (86S - 328E,W&S)

Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)
Broughton Heights [Pyked Stane Hill] (99S - 416E,W&S)
Penvalla (100S - 417E,W&S)
Trahenna Hill (101S - 418E,W&S)
Donald Dewey (248)
Green Law (29)
Broughton Heights [Pyked Stane Hill] (30)
Brown Dod (31)
Ladyurd Hill (32)
Penvalla (33)
Hammer Head (34)
Trahenna Hill (35)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2017
February
17th North Berwick Law
18th Scald Law & Black Hill
19th Mendick Hill, Black Mount & Broomy Law
20th Whitehope and the Windlestraw Laws
21st East Cairn Hill
22nd Wether Law & Allermuir Hill
23rd Broughton Marilyns


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Tinto from Clover Law
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Monday, 20 February 2017

Whitehope & Windlestraw Laws

Walk Summary
The first and as it will turn out the only time we will venture above 2000' during this weeks trip with Simon, Marilyn bagging in Area 28 south of Edinburgh.
Simon is just a blur vaulting across Glentress Burn
The plan was to park near Blackhopebyre and after going up Windlestraw Law and it's nearby SW Top to then pick off the nearby Whitehope Law on the other side of the road with a short up and downer.
With Windlestraw Law being the main Marilyn above 2000' and hence a Graham, as well as a Donald it occurred to me on the journey to the start point we might not feel like doing the second part of the walk. Easily sorted do it first - that way there will be no chance that what although not a Marilyn, with it's higher than 2000' height and 66m prominence makes it a Donald, New Donald, Graham Top and of course a Simm, we would be leaving it unclimbed.

Following a late start to avoid bad weather forecast in the morning, which did not really materialise, parked in the layby on B709 north of Hillside Know just south of planned start point at Blackhopebyre. The route up Whitehope Law started with a mildly exciting vault across Glentress Water, followed by steep ascent up SE slope, concluded by a long trudge across heather to summit marked by small cairn near bend in fence.
Don't be seduced right up any stalker's paths.
Stay on muddy shooters track
all the way to fence and Windlestraw Law summit
Descended by following fence NE and turning right at first fence junction down Kitty's Clench Burn. From return to 
Blackhopebyre we took the shooters track up Glentress Rig which actually goes all the way Windlestraw summit. We were actually seduced on to what looked a more direct route down a gamekeepers path which left us in the middle of heather and a trudge back to the track adjacent a fence we should have stayed on in the first place. Very windy on the top with summit being SW of fence junction and SW of trig pillar beyond fence junction.
Straight forward navigation in to a strong wind following fence to the SW Top. Rather than return along ascent route took direct route off Bareback Knowe [Windlestraw Law SW Top]  heading downhill and NW. By now it was turning dark but apart from continuing to head down we were given the occasional clue we were heading in the right direction by cars passing below behind Hillside Knowe.
So having started with a mildly exciting vault across Glentress Water ended with a hint of jeopardy descending in the dark. Not really to the experienced hill-bagger, but all part of what is banked over time building up to allow you to deal with anything unexpected. Ably coped with by Simon on what is his first week peak bagging and more pertinently his 4th consecutive days walking, knees aching a bit but other than that coping admirably.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 24 February 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Edinburgh Caravan Club Site, Edinburgh,
Start Point - Walker's car park near Shepherds Cottage (NT 11958 37441)
Start Time - 11:07
Finish Point Walker's car park near Shepherds Cottage (NT 11958 37441)
Finish Time- 18:04
Total Duration - 6hrs 57mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.45mph
Total Distance Walked - 10.07 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1070.21metres


Peaks visited
Munro (282)

NONE
Simm (2190S - 2533E,W &S)
Whitehope Law (88S - 420E,W&S)
Windlestraw Law (89S - 421E,W&S)
Munro Top (227)
NONE
Murdo (443)
NONE
Corbett (221)

NONE
Corbett Top of Munro (???)
NONE
Corbett Top of Corbett (???)
NONE
Graham (219)
Windlestraw Law (5)
Graham Top (777)
Whitehope Law (13)
Graham Top of Munro (???)
NONE
Graham Top of Corbett (???)
NONE
Graham Top of Graham (???)
Whitehope Law (6)
Donald (89)
Whitehope Law (13)
Windlestraw Law (14)
Donald Top (51)
Bareback Knowe [Windlestraw Law SW Top] (8)
New Donald (118)
Whitehope Law (17)
Windlestraw Law (18)
Marilyn (1218S - 1556E,W&S))
Windlestraw Law (80S - 322E,W&S)
Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)
Windlestraw Law (95S - 412E,W&S)
Donald Dewey (248)
NONE
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2017
February
17th North Berwick Law
18th Scald Law & Black Hill
19th Mendick Hill, Black Mount & Broomy Law
20th Whitehope and the Windlestraw Laws
21st East Cairn Hill
22nd Wether Law & Allermuir Hill
23rd Broughton Marilyns


Route
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More Photographs
Looking down on Blackhopebyre after initial steep ascent up Whitehope Law
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