Author Topic: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20  (Read 1638 times)

April

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TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« on: 18:32:49, 20/10/20 »
We drove up by Moffat and along the lovely Moffatdale Road the A708 to a layby just past Dryhope. We were out for a wild camp on one of the hills above St Mary's Loch. We didn't use the Southern Upland Way path that was very close to the layby because the field it went through was full of cows with calves. To avoid them we walked west along the road for a few minutes then turned left down a lane and we joined the Southern Upland Way near to the loch. We walked lochside toward Tibbie Shiels. It was bright enough to start and we had some nice views.

St Mary's Loch 


Autumn colours on the path


It was easy walking and very enjoyable.

We passed Bowerhope, a rather remote farm and a nice lady who kept us on the right track when we had been distracted by her farm dog who was making Squeaky feel slightly scared and we'd missed the gate we had to go through to keep on the SUW. 

Looking back toward Bowerhope


Cleared forests along the banks of the loch


On the drive we'd noticed a lot of forestry work and the scars left behind by the felled trees.

More autumnal colours


At Tibbie Shiels we turned left up Captain's Road still on the SUW. Sadly it had started to drizzle a little which was forecast. We stopped near Craggy Sike for some lunch after getting some water for a brew. It started raining more heavily and clag started to descend.

Into the clag


Lunch over we carried on for a while until I spotted cows in the distance. They were on both sides of the path and there were a lot of them. We debated what we should do. Risk carrying on going through them but we would have no escape if they took a dislike to Squeaky, no fence nearby where they were, it was open moorland. Because we were getting pretty wet too we turned around and headed back toward Tibbie Shiels, caution won. We thought about following Crosscleuch  Burn up the valley and onto the hills but we were getting fed up of the rain which was now even heavier. We ended up walking back to the car in the end and going home. We could have made do with a camp near the shore somewhere but there weren't that many places to pitch and those we saw were too visible for our liking. 

Route map


The route was Dryhope Layby - St Mary's Loch - Bowerhope - Tibbie Shiels - Moory Sike - return same way. 9 miles and 341m of ascent. We were a bit disappointed not to get a camp out but the rain continued on and off as we drove home so we would have been soaked by the time we got the tent up and we would have been in clag. We'd enjoyed the walk up to Tibbie Shiels before the rain, we will be back, hopefully the cows will be on the other side of a fence!
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #1 on: 18:45:00, 20/10/20 »
Shame about the rain it started off nice,
Ah well,  we might get even wetter this weekend Fancy a wild camp  :D
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #2 on: 18:58:15, 20/10/20 »
Ah well,  we might get even wetter this weekend Fancy a wild camp  :D

Weather looks awful  :(
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #3 on: 19:06:34, 20/10/20 »
Was there a map reading mishap?  :o
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #4 on: 20:03:36, 20/10/20 »
Shame that you got rained and 'cowed' off, April. Looks like a nice walk along the shore at least.
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #5 on: 20:34:59, 20/10/20 »
Shame your plans didn't work out April but theres always a next time. :)
The loch did look lovely, we just need a bit of sun to show the Autumn colours
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #6 on: 21:55:06, 20/10/20 »
Lovely pictures.
Cows AND pouring rain, definitely time to go home.

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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #7 on: 22:43:11, 20/10/20 »
Looks as if it would be a lovely walk in better weather and with no cows!    :)

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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #8 on: 08:04:14, 21/10/20 »
Was there a map reading mishap?  :o


Not this weekend  ;D


We had a wander into March Wood on the way back to see if there were any possible places to camp but we decided against it.


Looks like a nice walk along the shore at least.


It is very nice and an easy walk too.


The loch did look lovely, we just need a bit of sun to show the Autumn colours


We did have about 2 seconds when the sun came out.


Cows AND pouring rain, definitely time to go home.


The cows might have been ok but you just never know. There's always this weekend. Weather looks awful  ;D


Looks as if it would be a lovely walk in better weather and with no cows!    :)


We will go back to see the loch, not sure about doing the hills if the cows are there all year!





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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #9 on: 09:04:32, 21/10/20 »
Shame about the weather, April - that looks lovely walking country.  Think you made the right calls though, particularly with Squeaky.


You're right - this weekend looks grim - though they all do from Liverpool at the moment, for other reasons. :(

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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #10 on: 13:10:26, 21/10/20 »
Enjoyed seeing your photos April, it's been quite a while since I've been to St Mary's Loch...discovered by accident on a drive along borders. Can only recall being three times, on each occasion low flying RAF jets came screaming over the hilltops and hang gliders were in action.... not really a good combination!

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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #11 on: 18:49:32, 21/10/20 »
You're right - this weekend looks grim - though they all do from Liverpool at the moment, for other reasons. :(


 :(  It is pants this situation  :(


Can only recall being three times, on each occasion low flying RAF jets came screaming over the hilltops and hang gliders were in action.... not really a good combination!


 :o   Not good..... thanks Dodgylegs  :)
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #12 on: 20:18:16, 22/10/20 »
That looks a nice little mooch, despite the worsening weather.  Hopefully you'll get better weather (and no cows!) if you return  :)
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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #13 on: 20:27:14, 25/10/20 »
Shame about the weather April but the autumnal colours look good O0

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Re: TR St Mary's Loch Sat 17 Oct 20
« Reply #14 on: 18:00:55, 26/10/20 »
Thanks Mel and henry  O0
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