LANGHOLM'S FIVE HILLS - 14.2.15

THE LAST HILL

The group of 14 walkers left the Kilngreen car park at 9.00.

We walked south through Langholm town up to the Round House, where Stuart told us a little about the historic building.

Vearing left up Whita Hill we stopped at Whita Well, where some of up took a sip of the lovely fresh spring water. Then we took a clear path heading straight up the hill to the famous monument. Leaving the monument we headed north towards McDearmids memorial, then west down the hill, over the road that leads to Copshaw Holm and onto Target Burn. 1st hill done!

 

Across High Mill Bridge on A7 we continued westward through the fields onto the track at Bagra, followed the track to the end then took a left and used the wall as a handrail up to the top of Castle Hill.  Here Stuart pointed out the fabulous views towards Usedale, Etterick, Pottam, Tinnus and Carlisle. 

We descended Castle Hill going south following the track to the bottom then took a right along the wall and left, through the gate in the wall. We went quietly into the lovely woodlands (thee are often deer around) headed downhill crossing the locally known 'curly snake' dirt track. The group continued down through the woods onto the Lodge Walks. We followed the path that goes between the old Duchesses Lodge and the Keepers Lodge, went  over the Dutchesses Bridge bearing left heading towards the school. Second hill done! 

 

We lunched sitting on logs in the woods to the side of Holmwood where the sun shone brightly in the clearings. 

Following the road north on the B709 for half a mile, at the layby we climbed the hill into the woods and walked upwards into the Plantation. Exiting the plantation we crossed the road and went left, through the gate and directly up Timpan Hill (Mid Hill on the map) to the trig point. This was the third hill, but with hidden summits many found it the hardest one. 

 

At the top of Timpan we followed the boundary fence heading towards the turbines and paused at the T-junction of the fence and kissing gate. After admiring the view and catching our breath we turned left, followed the wire fence to the end and walked down Calfield Rigg, our fourth hill.

 

From Calfield Rigg we headed down the hill, through the fields onto the dirt track road, passing Calfield Farm and Holcrofts Cottage, down the Becks Road to the T-junction. There is an interesting old cemetery to the left in front of you. We then took a right turn onto the B7068 for 300 yards and went over the Auld Stane Brig where we stopped briefly for refreshments. 

We did not take the gate to Gaskills but went up the path in front of us through the scattering of trees following the path through the old swing gate. We followed the fence for approx 100 metres bearing left and headed for the mast (the top of Warblaw). We crossed the first road and went straight on and up, at the second dirt track road we turned right walking on the track 300m until we reach the gully on the left hand side. We then ambled up the left hand side of the gully; near the top we veared left through the gate went right, skirting the large mast, and reached the top of Warblaw. Warblaw trig point, hill five.

 

After a brief photoshoot, we made our way down, heading back towards Langholm. Bearing left so as to follow the fence to the gate we went through the gate bearing north on the level path back onto the track. We carried on past the Studholme (the large house on the left) and came to the steps that took us into the park near the big old church.  Then we wandered down Caroline Street, left along Elizabeth Street, right over Langholm Bridge and we returned to the Kiln Green car park at about 4.00.

 

This walk gives a real sense of achievement as you can see the hills you have climbed and gives different views of Langholm town and the beautiful surrounding areas. We were lucky enough to have a bright clear day without rain, but the walk is lovely when there is snow on the ground and simply wonderful in the summer.

I would suggest you do the walk with a local person as much of it is not on marked routes.  Stuart has done this walk many times and knows the area really well and his local knowledge was much appreciated. 

LANGHOLM AND THE HILLS BEYONDVIEW FROM MALCOLM'S MONUMENT