Tag Archives: Spring

SUW16: The Roman Road

15 miles  5h 45m  682m ascent; max elevation 305m on Woodheads Hill Route: SUW Gala to Lauder What more could we ask for? The Southern Upland Way in sunshine, with riverside and farmland walks, plenty of wild flowers, hawthorn and … 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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Darnaw’s Dragonfly Monument

5.8 miles  4h 30m  ascent 340m Route: Quarry SE of Clatteringshaws, Low Craignell, Craignell, Darnaw, Dragonfly Monument Then we set off again over two very desolate hills that have for names, as Sammle told me, Craignell and Darnaw. We were high up on them and keeping … Continue reading

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SUW14: The Two Towers

12.4 miles  607m ascent  5h 34m; max elevation 487m on Middle Rig Route: SUW Tibbie Shiels to Traquair Sunshine at last. Though we started with a grey sky, the sun eventually showed its face and gave us a great day. … Continue reading

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SUW13: the footsteps of poets

11 miles   523m ascent   4h 57m; max elevation 466m on Pikestone Rig Route: SUW Potburn to St Mary’s Loch Springtime on the Southern Upland Way. I took a T-shirt along in case it was warm and sunny when … Continue reading

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Beninner by the bridges

9.3 miles   4h 49m   ascent 770m Black Shoulder-Beninner-Cairnsmore of Carsphairn There is plenty of parking space in the lay-by across the road from the Green Well of Scotland. A new information sign just inside the first gate, has … Continue reading

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Ellers Cleuch Round

5.3 miles  2h 53min   ascent 496m Strawberry Hill-Garelet Dod-Ellers Cleuch Rig-Din Law A bad weather day: drow ‘n’ smirr, with strong winds. I drove past the Menzion stones on the way in and parked at end of Fruid reservoir. … Continue reading

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The Garden Path: Windy Gyle and the Cheviot

13.9 miles   5h 47m   780m ascent Windy Gyle-The Cheviot-Auchope Cairn My final Donald, hence my grin in the photograph above. Though this was my longest drive for a Donald-bagging outing, in time if not miles, we still found … Continue reading

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Glensherup Round

7.9 miles  3h 43m  ascent 539m Innerdownie-Whitewisp Hill-Tarmangie Hill-Cairnmorris Hill-Ben Shee This was a straightforward route starting from the reservoir; through the forest to Innerdownie; along the ridge to Whitewisp Hill and Tarmangie Hill; across the shallow col to Cairnmorris … 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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