Tag Archives: Winter

Romans and Reivers: 1 – Rainbows and Hares

13.7 miles 5h 1min ascent 431m Ae to the Crooked Road The Romans and Reivers trail is a 52 mile route following old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and short sections of quiet lane through notorious Reivers country from Ae … Continue reading

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Cairn Pat

1.3 miles 30 mins ascent 75m Cairn Pat (Marilyn) I have often considered going up this hill when I’m across at Stranraer for work. So today was the day. No route-finding problems with this one, I parked on the verge … Continue reading

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Winter Crabapples

6.5 miles 2h 53m 281m ascent Ae forest – mostly red routes carved bench, over the Ae, footpath through deciduous riverside woodland, crabapple/cherry, sour, hips and haws, winter oak and winter beech, washed away paths, excavated paths, gnarled trees, lichen … 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 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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The Glenrath hills: bailing after Stob Law

4.3 miles 3h 2min  ascent 446m Stob Law Mrs Drow ‘n’ Smirr had gathered her brows like a gathering storm. Her view being that the weather forecast and my plans for the Dun Rig Donalds were incompatible. I was not to be … Continue reading

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