Snowy Pentlands Run

I managed to meet up with Nettle in the Pentlands on the 30th December for an excellent snowy run. It was clear while we were on the hill, but snowing steadily by late afternoon.

Always great to get out with Nettle.
Sun over West Cairn Hill.
View to The Kips and Scald Law.
Low light looking south-west from one of the tops of East Cairn Hill.


Pamela and I were looking to get away from the worst of the wind and rain today and so headed for the Moorfoot Hills. The plan worked and although winds were probably around 40mph for much of the day we managed a good round of hills and avoided the rain. Starting from Gladhouse Reservoir we headed via Moorfoot and then up The Kips to gain Blackhope Scar. From there we took in Emley Bank, Bowbeat Hill, Bowbeat Rig and Dundreich before descending over Jeffries Course and down Cotly Hill.

Pamela at the summit of Blackhope Scar.

This is a good horseshoe above the head of the South Esk, but does involve significant rough going over heathery and boggy ground.