Monday, 17 September 2018

Three TuMPs in the Eastern Ochil Hills

15 September 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Lamb Hill, 422m/1,384', P30m, TuMP, OS Map 58, NO 009 076, John's Hill, 483m/1,585', P72m, TuMP, NO 001 081, and Sim's Hill, 483m/1,585', P 49m, NN 999 076
 
It was the kind of weather that I like, temperature in the mid-teens, light breeze, clear visibility. Time to pick some more TuMPs off my to-do list. This time I fancied a walk in the eastern Ochil Hills, starting from Littlerig on the Dunning road. This is a much quieter area, although two folk were staring up Lamb Hill as I was getting back to the car. A gate opposite the car park avoided the need to climb a fence with barbed wire on top and it was a short, steady climb to the summit of Lamb Hill, took me less than 30 minutes. The view of the rest of my walk opened up from here, this is looking towards Sim's Hill (left) and John's Hill.....
 
 
There was also a good view of Corb Law, a HuMP to the north still to do.....
 
 
There were plenty of 4WD and sheep tracks on the hills so the walking was of the easy variety. John's Hill was next and it was a better viewpoint. This is looking towards the hills of the south Ochils including Ben Thrush which I had climbed with Ben earlier in the year.....
 
 
The Ben Chonzie hills on the horizon.....
 
 
Another view of Corb Law.....
 
 
Windmills on the long ridge of the Marilyn, Steele's Knowe- they are particularly prolific hereabouts.....
 
 
Then it was down to another col and a much steeper climb to the top of Sim's Hill, which was of equal height to the hill I had just left. The windmills this time were on the north ridge of Ben Thrush, which it would be possible to do with Sim's Hill, although my route was much better I reckon.....
 
 
I returned to the col below John's Hill and continued down a lovely little glen which took me back to the car park. There was a nice view of the hills to the other side of the Dunning road.....
 
 
and a fine view back to John's and Sim's Hills. Whoever John and Sim were they have given their names to a couple of nice wee hills; this is a walk that I would do again.....
 
 
 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Dunsapie (Edinburgh)

12 September 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Dunsapie, 145m/476', P 34m, TuMP, OS 66, NT 282 731
 
It was a nice clear day (in the east) so I made a quick visit to Edinburgh to tick another of the 10 TuMPS, Dunsapie. Car to Croy, train to Waverley, walk past the Parliament and through Holyrood Park and I was there. This is Dunsapie from the small loch of the same name.....
 
 
 
It sits opposite Arthurs Seat which was hotching; there was nobody else doing my hill.....
 
 
Another fine viewpoint, this is looking over East Lothian to a distant North Berwick Law....
 
 
And across Edinburgh and the Forth to Fife.....
 
 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Binny Craig

5 September 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Binny Craig, 221m/725', P43, TuMP, OS 65, NT 043735
 
I t was a beautiful morning but with rain forecast later and the rest of the week wasn't looking very promising so I set off early to climb this West Lothian landmark. I had been here many moons ago on club climbing evenings but I wasn't sure that I had ever been to the top; I suppose that I must have been but I wanted to make sure. Binny Craig is a classic Crag and Tail- an igneous intrusion into softer shales. I approached by the path from a minor road to the south, parking was a bit difficult but I got as far as possible off the road about 200m west of the start of the path. Binny Craig from the path.....
 
 
A fine looking hill.....
 
 
 
It was a steep wee climb up to the highest point. Almost there.....
 
 
The trig with the highest point behind it.....
 
 
Looking north down the Tail, the River Forth and Fife in the distance.....
 
 
Looking west to the Bathgate and Riccarton hills.....
 
 
I was looking into the sun in the direction of Edinburgh and the Pentlands, evening would be best for this shot.....
 
 

Saturday, 1 September 2018

More Edinburgh TuMPS- Easter and Wester Craiglockhart Hills

31 August 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Easter Craiglockhart Hill, 157m/515', P45m. TuMP, OS 66, NT 232 705 and Wester Craiglockhart Hill, 176m/577', P 62m. TuMP, NT 228 701
 
Back to Edinburgh again to climb two of the smaller hills that I should have visited at some time during my 30-odd years stay in the city but didn't. I now know what I missed, these hills are little gems with fantastic views over the city. I had almost climbed these two as they border the Merchants of Edinburgh golf course where I had played a couple of times; I would have been better taking a walk to their summits than hacking about on the course. I got the bus to the Napier University; a path to each hill starts more or less from there. I climbed Easter Craiglockhart Hill first, this is it from Glenlockhart Road which runs between the two.....


There are good paths on this hill and it was an easy walk to the top. The summit looking towards Corstorphine Hill with the spans of the Queensferry crossing in the distance.....



Looking towards Braid Hills.....


and to the next objective, Wester Craiglockhart Hill.....


I carried on along the spine of the hill and dropped down to Glenlockhart Road. A walk along it almost back to my starting point took me to the path up Wester Craiglockhart Hill. Although higher, and with a better view, this one doesn't seem to get so many visitors. There's a trig and a grand view west into the Lothians.....


Central Edinburgh, the Castle and over the Forth to Fife.....


The Castle, Arthurs Seat and Blackford Hill.....


Arthurs Seat and Blackford Hill......


And a panorama stretching from Corstorphine Hill to Blackford Hill....