Category Archives: Lanarkshire

The Southern Upland Way

The 212.6 miles of the southern upland way include coastal cliffs, upland moors, hills and mountains, meadows, riverbanks, loch side paths, farmland, parkland, woodland, country estates, paths across dams, farm tracks, drove roads, roman roads, ancient trade routes, and coffin … Continue reading

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Southern Upland Way: the Middle Marches

The central section of the SUW, from the River Nith at Sanquhar to the River Tweed at Yair Bridge is 70.4 of the SUW’s 212 miles, though our journey clocked up 76.5 miles with 4403m ascent. This took us from … Continue reading

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SUW11: Daer to Beattock

10.6 miles  465m ascent  5h 59m; max elevation 562m Hods Hill Route: SUW We wimped out on Saturday. Sorry, having considered the weather forecast and awoken to howling winds battering hailstones against the windows we rescheduled for Sunday. A good … Continue reading

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SUW10: The roller-coaster section

11.1 miles   676m ascent   5h 17m; max elevation 725m Lowther Hill Route: SUW Wanlockhead to Daer Reservoir (From the highest village in Scotland, along the Lowther roller-coaster, to the headwaters of the River Clyde.) Another rainy day on … Continue reading

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The Donalds

  Percy Donald, wrote “The two-thousand feet tops of the Scottish lowland uplands” for the journal of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1935, listing 133 tops and 15 humps in southern Scotland. He had decided to visit all the “Lowland … Continue reading

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The Louther Hills

9.6 miles  4h 52m  ascent 703m Comb head-Cold Moss-Lowther-Green Lowther-Peden Head-Dungrain Law I like to look into the origins of the names of the places I visit but I haven’t been impressed by suggestions that Lowther takes its name from … Continue reading

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Heatherstane Law from Lamington

11.1 miles  5h 19m  ascent 674m Hardrig Head-Whitelaw Brae-Windgate Bank-Hudderstone This walk started at a pleasant car park near the church in Lamington. There is a tree lined single track road leading up to Baitlaws which would be good for … Continue reading

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Gathersnow’s Ridge

9.2 miles  5h 48m ascent 702m Coomb Hill-Gathersnow Hill-Hillshaw Head-Coomb Dod-Glenwhappen Dod A cold day, -3C according to the car. This walk starts from the A701, near where Fruid Water joins the Tweed. I parked near a locked gate at … Continue reading

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Fell Shin to Dun Knees

8 miles 4h 15m  ascent 673m Culter Fell-Chapelgill Hill-Cardon Hill The parking place, by the burn, past Culter Allers farm was flooded requiring some careful car placement to allow dry access to the door and boot; and the weather required … Continue reading

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Lousie Wood Law

6.75 miles 3h 30m 580m ascent This walk started at the Glenochar Bastle House car park. Mine was the only car there, and I didn’t see another soul all day. The Bastle House and Fermtoun Trail is marked out by … Continue reading

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