Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Wiss

Walk Summary
Looking south along Loch of the Lowes
from opposite Glen Cafe and walk start
After getting wet on three of the four walking days of the trip so far I was not disappointed to lose yesterday (Monday) to a scheduled rest/kit washing day, especially after the forecast on Sunday night was for 36 hours of rain. That would have given me until mid morning today (Tuesday) for the rain to stop and give me plenty of daylight for a moderate walk after a lie in this morning.
Well by midday it was still raining and my resolve to go out whatever the weather was weakening. By 13:00 it looked like it had stopped raining in Moffat, so less than 3 hours of  daylight left by the time I start walking.
Nearly didn't bother to go out but decided to set off for Loch of the Lowes car park about 40 minutes drive away along the A708, to do the 3¾ mile planned route up The Wiss. 
Really pleased I made the effort even though there was not a lot to see from the inside of a cloud.
Only disappointment was that I was within 200m of the summit of Nether Hill and did not realise it was a TUMP. I know only a TUMP, a list that I am not bothering with, but can't help feeling disappointment to be that close and not tick it off. Yep sad I know, but that is how it is.

Other walks on this trip
25th Whitfell & Black Combe
26th Whitbarrow, Gummer's Howe & Top o'Selside
28th Dodd (Lorton)
29th Birkside & Hunt Laws
01st The Wiss
02nd Hods Law & surrounding Donald Deweys
03rd Law Kneis & Ward Law
06th Croft Head & Scaw'd Law
08th Four Marilyns between Moffatt and Berwick
10th The 100th English Marilyn

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 01 December 2015
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Moffat Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Start Point - Parking o/s closed Glen Cafe (GR - NT07422 09000)
Start Time - 14:20
Finish Point
 - Parking o/s closed Glen Cafe (GR - NT07422 09000)
Finish Time - 16:03
Duration - 1hrs 43mins
Average pace - 2.42mph
Distance Walked - 4.16miles
Height Ascended - 393.49metres

Peaks visited
Munro (282)
Murdo (443)

Corbett (221)

Hart Fell (7)
Graham (224)

Marilyn (1218S - 1552E,W&S))

The Wiss (51S - 173E,W&S)
Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)

The Wiss (64S - 250E,W&S)
Donald Dewey (248)
The Wiss (7)
S: Scotland. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

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Walk Description
On a clear day would expect to see the trig point
from gate SW of trig
Posting the summit photo on Social media with the title "Shot up The Wiss this afternoon" could have left me open to juvenile sniggers and comments, but of course I do not know anyone with that sense of humour. However think I will change it here as "Wizzed up The Wiss".
As mentioned above the "wizzing" and "shooting" was down to the last minute nature of this walk and as a consequence missing out on bagging Nether Hill, which of course I am not bothered about.
Straight forward enough walk and ideal in terms of distance and time for the lateness of the start time.
The plan was to gain Thirlestane Head after following the grass track round Nether Hill, then head line of sight for The Wiss summit, thereby following a partially different route up than down. Due to poor visibility there was no line of sight and had the visibility been OK reckon it would still have been better to head for the fence and follow March Sike up hill to a suitable crossing point then following the fence to the gate and fence junction near the trig and summit. The only problem is you will not manage any semblance of a circular walk, but what possible difference could that make

No views at all from the summit but the bonus of logging another trig point. Return route is back to the gate, turn left downhill along the fence, then cut across to the grass track back to the van.
Just before return to van I saw a statue near the Glen Cafe, that I had not noticed before, which turns out to be a memorial to James Hogg " The Etrick Shepherd". Never heard of him but apparently a big mate of Sir Walter Scott.

More Photographs
End of walk in site straight ahead in front of small clump of trees beyond Crosscleuch Farm and the Tibbie Shiels Inn
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