Southern Upland Way: Day Eight

5th May 2013 – Wanlockhead to Beattock: 20.0 miles, 3,578 feet

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing” Aldous Huxley – English Author (1894 – 1963)

Only a brief update for today, sorry.

Today was my least favourite of the whole walk, certainly after the first 10 miles. Up until that point I’d enjoyed the Lowther Hills and the paths had been wet but not too bad.

Cloudy and windy start to the day as I ascend Lowther Hill

Cloudy and windy start to the day as I ascend Lowther Hill

The huge radar dome on Lowther Hill is barely visible

The huge radar dome on Lowther Hill is barely visible

Beyond Beld Knowe it all got horrible and boggy though. The tracks through the forests were the worst so far, horribly wet, poorly signed, many blocked by fallen trees. By the time I’d reached Beattock I was considering quitting, the day had really been that dreadful. The incessant wind and on/off/on rain didn’t help either.

Very few views today

Very few views today

Crossing the dam at Daer Reservoir

Crossing the dam at Daer Reservoir

Schoolboy error as I trip on the way up Sweetshaw Brae and cut my leg deeply

Schoolboy error as I trip on the way up Sweetshaw Brae and cut my leg deeply

I’ve also picked up two injuries, both of which hurt like blue blazes. Left shin impacted rock and I had to apply bandage to it from my first aid kit, it bled profusely and stung like buggery for ages. Then last night I kicked my bed leg with my right little toe and that’s been like fire all day, except the last 3 miles when I couldn’t feel it anymore.

More trees across the path

More trees across the path

Some views are better at keeping up the spirits

Some views are better at keeping up the spirits

 

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