Borders - Moffat St Mary’s Loch
04 May 2018 - 06 May 2018
The start of the bank holiday saw club members heading down the M74 in the direction of Moffat, the venue for the May meet. Accommodation was in the form of a static caravan, tent and des-res on wheels, all located at a caravan park in Beattock.
Friday - Alan, Dave, Janet, Lawrie, Lindsay and Vania met at Wanlockhead to climb Lowther Hill and Green Lowther. It may well have been a lovely walk although low cloud meant that even the giant golf ball on top was barely visible. The aforementioned were joined by Scott and Jim at the caravan park on Friday evening and Michael dropped in for a short spell but didn't stay to walk.
Saturday - the Friday walkers plus Scott and Jim headed out to Grey Mare Tail car park to be joined by three from the Helensburgh and District Ramblers. The target for the day was the Corbett White Coombe, following a stone path up by waterfalls into low cloud. The group crossed the burn (by a group of wild goats) to take a clockwise circular route from White Coombe to Firthhope Rig and Donald's Cleuch Head, following a stone wall most of the way to the crags above Loch Skeen. The ramblers having seen the progress of CDMC members, took advantage of the misty conditions to lose main group at the first top and set off at pace.....so much so that they weren't seen again. The plan on descent for the remaining CDMC members was to stop at a boat hut for afternoon tea. After much searching in typical CDMC style, the boat hut was found crushed half way up a hill, having no doubt lifted during a storm. The group made its way back to the caravan park to be joined by Richard and Trish who had ascended Tinto earlier in the day.
Sunday - all club members set out to climb the Corbett Hart Fell, although Richard and Trish decided to tackle it from a different side giving time for a coffee stop. The main group parked by Moffat Water and headed up the side of Hang Burn to Nether Coomb Craig, Swattie (aka Sweaty) Fell, on to Hart Fell to then follow the horseshoe over Hartfell Rig. An encounter with an electric fence saw Lawrie doing the gentlemanly thing, acting as a conductor to let the ladies through unzapped. It was a beautiful sunny day although strong winds meant Richard and Trish turned back....strongly suspect towards the coffee shop. The rest battled on....with Ken Dodd hairstyle being the result for one person. Surprisingly the walks on Saturday and Sunday were both 24,000 steps (according to the Fitbit) and took the same length of time.
Monday - Scott, Jim, Richard and Trish headed for home and other places leaving the remaining group to take advantage of another fine day. The starting point was the small car park at the end of Meggett Loch with a climb up via Craig Head and Lamb's Knowe to the Corbett Broad Law. The descent was over Porridge Cairn (with an encounter with an unfortunate sheep) and Wylie's Hill down to the head of the loch and a short road walk back to the car.
Although the weekend started with misty conditions the weather greatly improved providing really good walking days. The hills around Moffat were beautiful with views including Arthur's Seat to the North and the Lake District to the South. It was a good location for the meet and one for a return visit.