From the car park, I followed the tarmac road leading towards Bavelaw castle.
Road leading to Bavelaw castle:
After a mile of walking along the road, I reached a gate providing access to the open countryside and the Pentlands.
Start of path leading to the Pentlands (Hare hill in background):
I made fast progress along the good track.
On reaching the base of Black Hill, I followed a path which ascended a short distance up Black Hill before it started descending towards the reservoir. At this point, I followed a fence up the hill.
Start of path ascending Black Hill:
Looking back towards Threipmuir reservoir:
Pentlands from Black Hill:
On reaching a wooden section of fence, I climbed over it, and continued on to the summit of Black Hill.
Ascending Black Hill:
It was very windy up top so I didn't hang around for long – no gusts, just a constant strong wind.
Summit of Black Hill (Carnethy Hill in background):
Edinburgh from summit of Black Hill:
It was nice to get a view across to
Allermuir Hill, which I ascended in September 2011.
Allermuir Hill from summit of Black Hill:
I wasn't sure of the best descent from Black Hill towards Scald Law. I descended directly to the Howe. The final section was quite steep with quite a bit of bracken. It might have been easier to descend via Gask Hill.
Looking across to Scald Law:
On reaching the Howe, I crossed the track and began the ascend of Scald Law.
I followed the good track leading to the col between Carnethy Hill and Scald Law.
Track ascending Scald Law:
Looking back across to Black Hill:
Looking down to path leading back to Threapmuir car park:
By the time I reached the col, the wind was quite strong. The final ascent of Scald Law was quite difficult, walking into gale/storm force winds.
Carnethy Hill from Scald Law:
Carnethy Hill from summit of Scald Law:
Edinburgh from summit of Scald Law:
It had been my intention to continue on across East Kip and West Kip, but that would have meant continuing to walk into the wind. Instead I opted to descend back down to the Howe with the wind at my back.
During the walk back to the car, I stopped to get a photo of the Howe waterfall.
The Howe waterfall:
A nice walk.
Really pleased with the weather despite the wind.
I don't think it would have been quite so nice today out West