Culter Fell & Gathersnow Hill

Routes on the hills south of Coulter

The rolling grass and heather covered Culter Hills lie just south of Biggar and are easily accessed via narrow roads and tracks. The highest peaks (and the only Grahams in the circuit) are Culter Fell and Gathersnow Hill - vast heather and grass covered lumps. Navigation is fairly easy as most of the crests have well-maintained fences to follow.

Main route summary

Starting from Culter Allers Farm in the heart of these hills, a steep continuous climb leads up onto vast and wide heather clad crests. Terrain then is delightful underfoot, following for the main part, lines of well maintained fence.

Recent wind-turbine construction has added new tracks which make for easy navigation, but spoil what was previously a fairly remote area.

Grahams Culter Fell (748m)
Gathersnow Hill (688m)
Donalds Hudderstone (626m)
Hillshaw Head (652m)
Chapelgill Hill* (696m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 1000m (3,300ft)
Distance       19km (12m)
Time walk : 6:30hr*, run : 2:15hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Culter Allers Farm
(grid ref : NT031312)


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