Hill: Windlestraw Law
Date: Sunday 3rd February 2013
Company: Just myself
Distance: 7.9km, Ascent: 390m
The weather this morning was not great. With the prospect of a five-hour drive ahead to get home, I decided to ascend a solitary, short, straight-forward Graham. Windlestraw Law fitted these requirements perfectly.
I drove from my B&B in Moffat to the B709, several miles beyond Innerleithen. I parked in a small lay-by a few hundred metres away from the start of the track.
The walk along the road was a bit of a battle against the wind. If the wind was this strong at 270m, it was not going to be pleasant at the summit.
After going through a gate, I followed the track ascending diagonally up the hillside.
Walking along the B709 to the start of the track:
The temperature yesterday was -3C and the ground was nice and frozen. Today the temperature was +8C and the ground was a wet, boggy mess.
Initial section of track ascending Windlestraw Law:
During the ascent, I quickly come to the conclusion that this hill is used extensively for grouse shooting - numerous grouse feeders, grouse butts and spent shotgun cartridges.
A grouse feeder:
As expected, the wind strength increased as I gained height.
Ascending Windlestraw Law:
I was almost blown off my feet a couple of times as I approached the summit. If anyone in the Scottish Borders heard someone shouting “bleep
bleep" (censored) today, that would have been me getting seriously annoyed with the wind
Approaching the summit trig point:
I had a wee wander around the summit area to make sure I visited the potential high points.
I noticed that Windlestraw Law has another top, allegedly just 2m below the summit. If it wasn’t so windy, I would definitely have visited this other top. Today it was just a case of get back off the hill.
At the summit of Windlestraw Law:
Looking across to Whitehope Law during the descent:
While I do enjoy almost every hill I ascend, I can’t say I enjoyed this one