Within five minutes of setting off, my feet were wet - the initial walk alongside the dyke was very wet today.
Comb Law from start of walk:
Looking back along dyke towards Daer Reservoir:
The ascent of Comb Law was quite straight-forward. I crossed the dyke at a broken section and climbed over a wooden gate to save clambering over the barbed-wire fence.
Looking back towards Daer Reservoir from slopes of Comb Law:
I reached the featureless summit of Comb Law fifty-five minutes after setting-off.
Comb Law is a Donald and New Donald.
Featureless summit area of Comb Law:
From the summit of Comb Law, I followed the fence towards Hirstane Rig.
Rodger Law from Comb Law:
View back to Comb Law from cairn on Hirstane Rig:
From Hirstane Rig, I made my way to the col between Rodger Law and Ballencleuch Law. From the col, I made my way to Rodger Law.
Just before the trig point there were a number of bits of metal. I assume there was a transmitter on this hill at one point in time.
Approaching summit of Rodger Law:
Rodger Law is the only one of these seven hills with a trig point. Rodger Law is a New Donald.
Summit trig point of Rodger Law:
From Rodger Law the ascent to the summit of Ballencleuch Law was short and easy. Ballencleuch Law is allegedly only 1m higher than Rodger Law.
Ballencleuch Law from Rodger Law:
Looking back to Rodger Law from Ballencleuch Law:
The walk from Rodger Law to Ballencleuch Law was mainly in clag. During this part of the walk, I began to hear lots of gunfire – not good walking hills in clag with gunfire sounding close-by!
I continued on to the summit of Ballencleuch Law, which is marked by a collection of tied fenceposts. Ballencleuch Law is a Graham, Marilyn, HuMP, Donald and New Donald.
Summit sticks and stones of Ballencleuch Law:
As the gunfire seemed to be coming from lower down in the coire, I decided to continue on sticking to the ridge.
From Ballencleuch Law, I made my way across to Scaw'd Law.
Scaw'd Law from Ballencleuch Law:
Looking back to Ballencleuch Law from col:
I wasn't quite sure where the highest point was so I walked about in an attempt to cover all the high points. This was one of three summits today where I felt the accuracy of the Database of British Hills ten-figure grid reference was a bit dubious.
Scawd Law is a Donald and New Donald.
Summit area of Scaw'd Law:
From Scaw'd Law, I made my way towards the good quality land-rover track. On the track, I met a couple of walkers and we stopped and had a good natter.
Near the summit of Wedder Law, I could make out a number of parked vehicles.
Great! - would I be turned back by shooters?
Wedder Law from Scaw'd Law:
Following the land-rover track towards Wedder Law:
Small hut at col between Scaw'd Law and Wedder Law:
Looking back to Scawd Law from Wedder Law:
On reaching the cars, I met a couple of the grouse shooters. They were pleasant and didn't seem to have a problem with walkers. The shooting was taking place on Sheil Dod.
Grouse-shooting 4x4s just below summit of Wedder Law:
The summit area of Wedder Law is quite flat so it was a bit difficult to determine the highest point – so again I walked about a bit.
Wedder Law is a HuMP, Donald and New Donald.
Featureless summit area of Wedder Law:
The walk across to Gana Hill took a bit longer.
Gana Hill from Wedder Law:
On reaching the col, I made my way up past some grouse butts before abandoning the fence and heading more directly towards the summit.
Ascending past the Grouse butts on Gana Hill:
Looking back to Wedder Law from Gana Hill:
From Gana Hill, I got my first decent views of Queensberry.
Looking towards Queensberry from cairns on Gana Hil:
Gana Hill is a HuMP, Donald and New Donald.
View towards Daer Reservoir from summit of Gana Hill:
At the summit of Gana Hill, I realised that it was going to be quite a long walk back.
A long way back to the Daer Reservoir, and still one hill to go:
Next I made my way to the final hill of the day Earncraig Hill.
Earncraig Hill from Gana Hill:
The ascent of Earncraig Hill was definitely the steepest part of the day. Not difficult, but my legs did notice the incline.
Following the dyke up Earncraig Hill:
Steep ascent of Earncraig Hill:
Looking back to Gana Hill from Earncraig Hill:
I was happy to have reached the summit of my seventh New Donald and was really
glad that I didn't have to also ascend Queensberry
. Earncraig Hill is a HuMP, Donald and New Donald.
Summit area of Earncraig Hill:
Queensberry from summit of Earncraig Hill:
It was my intention to descend via Lamb Hill, however, when I saw the number of peat hags on it I come up with a plan B – to descend Whiteside Hill instead.
Descending Whiteside Hill towards Daerhead:
The downside to my Plan B, was that I had an unbridged crossing of the Daer Water. I probably spent five or ten minutes looking for a way across before I decided sod-it and just ran through as quickly as I could.
Bit of a shame that Daerhead is so dilapidated.
The walk out back to the car was quite pleasant.
Daer Water with Kirkhope and Crookburn in distance:
On reaching the Daer reservoir, I saw an Osprey hunting over the loch and then over land. I tried to get a photo but it was too far away.
By the time I reached the car, my feet were a bit sore but I was happy with a good day out.