The web site, Caledonia Hilltreks details my ascents of the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and New Donalds all of which are above 2000 feet. This blog will contain an account of my ascents of the hills below this height as and when they are climbed.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Allermuir Hill, Midlothian.

Allermuir Hill

Allermuir Hill, Midlothian. Section 28A
Height – 493 metres. Map - OS Landranger 66.
Climbed - 20 August 2010. Time taken – 1.5 hours.
Distance – 5 kilometres. Ascent – 365 metres.
Trip Report Details:

The weather forecast wasn’t very good so I was planning on leaving Edinburgh and returning home. However some early morning blue sky convinced me to firstly take in this Sub 2000 Hill.

I drove the short distance to the Hillend Ski Centre, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and parked in the upper car park. By this time there was some light rain falling so it was on with the waterproofs before setting off up the side of the dry ski slope. Unfortunately cloud was floating around the hill tops, although the rain had eased.

There were various paths and I followed one that led onto the east ridge of Caerketton Hill where there was a directional sign. A couple of dog walkers were about as was a runner heading up the hill. I followed the fence line and path to the east top of Caerketton Hill which was in the cloud. A short descent and another climb took me to the summit of Caerketton Hill but the views weren’t great due to the cloud.

A steeper descent and re-ascent took me to the viewfinder and trig point on the summit of Allermuir Hill. It was rather windy here but at least I had some views of Arthur’s Seat, The Castle, and across the City of Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth and Fife beyond.

It was a bit too windy to linger at the summit so I returned down Allermuir Hill’s East Ridge and followed the path below Caerketton Crags towards Swanston Golf Course. A marked trail followed a path above the golf course back to the ski centre and the end of short but enjoyable hill day, despite the weather.

Photos taken on walk.