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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