The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Common Hill (NS792308; 488m)

A run along the seafront at Lytham St Annes preceeded a monster 'all you can eat' breakfast this morning. The former didn't justify the latter and I made such a pig of myself that no lunch was required and as we set out for Common Hill* at 3.30pm, a banana was all I needed for further sustenance.

There’s not much to be said about Common Hill. We parked outside the Outdoor Centre (as marked on the 1:50k map) at West Douglas, from where a wind farm road took us, via lots of wind turbines, to within metres of the top.

The light wasn't right for this snap of me at the top:

It was better for this one of Mick by the trig point, which sits just a short distance away:

Looking through the turbines, the views were good, including various tops that even I could identify, like Lowther Hill, with its 'golf ball' radar station, on which we camped a couple of years ago.

The descent was made marginally more interesting than the ascent by taking a direct line from the trig to cut out a large wiggle in the track. Otherwise, it was all thoroughly unremarkable.

It came in at 5.4 miles with around 250m of ascent.

(* there was driving involved between these events. Common Hill sits to the W of the M74, N of Moffat and S of Glasgow)

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