Tag Archives: Grahams

Squelch, squelch: onomatopoeia by the Pot of Ae

9.0 miles  5h 29m   552m ascent  max elevation (Queensberry) 697m Route: Kinnelhead-Blairmark-Harestanes Heights-Mount Glass-Pot of Ae-Lochanhead A gentle stroll up Queensberry from the NE, taking in Harestane Heights (picture above). The forecast said that any rain would clear up … 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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SUW12: Across the watershed

11 miles   5h 58min  881m ascent; max elevation 637m Croft Head This section took us from D&G into the Borders and over the watershed from rivers flowing to the Irish Sea to those heading for the North Sea. We … 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 Western Ochil Donalds

15.6 miles  6h 30m  ascent 1093m Blairdenon hill-Greenforet Hill-Blairdenon Hill-Ben Buck-Ben Cleuch-Andrewgannel Hill-King’s Seat Hill An early breakfast, then up the road. I parked, as before, in the Ochil Hills Woodland Park, near Alva. A red banded way-marker shows the … 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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The Glen Artney 2Ks

10.2 miles   6h 8min  ascent 775m Am Beannan-Meall Clachach-Uamh Bheag-Beinn Odhar-Beinn nan Eun The Glen Artney Donalds. What? If Percy Donald didn’t include them, why should I  accept them as Donalds. Mind you, we shouldn’t blame the hills themselves. … Continue reading

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Windlestraw winterland

9.48 miles   5h 37m  ascent 838m Glentress Rig-Windlestraw Law-Siller Road-Whitehope Law A winter’s day. Snow fell as I got my kit on and it proved colder than I expected. My fingers were soon numb making rummaging in the rucksack … Continue reading

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Moorfoot’s: enchanted giants, secret cables and frozen land

11.4 miles  5h 3min   ascent 569m Blackhope Scar-Bowbeat Hill-Dundreich-Jeffries Corse It was a crisp cold morning with a forecast for snow flurries and summit temperatures of -4° C. Wondering what a flurry might be I had researched this prior to the … Continue reading

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The Glenrath Hills: all four Donalds

13.2 miles  6h 58m  ascent 926m Windy Neese-Dun Rig-Birkscairn Hill-Glenrath Heights-Stob Law Last week I abandoned my expedition to these hills at Stob Law. If at first you don’t succeed….  try it anticlockwise. The Manor Glen at Glenrath looked the … Continue reading

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