Warklaw Hill Completed by the Alexander Family

December 31, 2020

The Family completed Warklaw Hill

Local 3 Peak Challenge BadgeSummit Badge

Day 2
Kaimes Hill:
Length: 1.57 miles 2.53 km
Ascent: +101m
Naismith: 0h 40m
Our time: 1hr 30mins

Warklaw Hill
Length: 1.30 miles 2.09 km
Ascent: +106m
Naismith: 0h 36m
Our time: 1hr

Not a great start to our second day. The route we chose to ascend Kaimes Hill took us through a disused landfill site. To say the place was disused was only technically true. It may have been officially disused, but it was quite obvious that someone was still using it as a dump, there was burnt out cars, sofas and junk everywhere. All the trees also seemed to have bits a black bin bags decorating them. We decided that perhaps we should look for a better route up the hill and headed back.
Back at the start we had a look at our hill and decided to see if we could get up the hill from the west side instead instead of our East side ascent.

There were a lot of gorse bushes and barbed wire fences to navigate, but we soon cleared the worst and were in the open at last. The summit was on the top of a narrow ridge, obviously the mining that had taken place had reduced the hill to the sliver of what was left. A quick scramble to the top, to say we we’re there and we quickly headed back down, the sheer drops were making us a bit nervous.

After a quick bit of lunch, we set off for the second peak. We headed up a farm track and past a quarry again for this one, but this one was a far better experience, rather than bin bags we had birds of prey to watch. It looked like there was a nesting pair in the quarry and they took it in turns to come out and scour the countryside for food and so would circle in the wind, swoop and soar overhead for a bit before heading back into their quarry home.

A quick ramble through a field and we found ourselves at the top, a radio mast and some sheep with lambs for company.

All in it was different than our usual outings, but we were introduced to a new list of hills for bagging, apparently, there are 23 TUMPS to bag in Edinburgh and we just did 2 of them.

I have a note to myself, I need to look into raptor identification, no idea what those birds were and I wish I did.

 Family completing the Warklaw Hill

The  Family earnt 20 Active Family Points

Rating: 5 out of 5

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