Southern Pentlands

The soft rolling hills above West Linton and north of Biggar are more remote and less visited than their nearby Northern Pentland neighbours. There are some tracks and faint paths to be found and although never too far from road, the area does feel quiet and peaceful with the general lack of man-made intrusions.

Main route summary

This route crosses the Cauldstane Slap through which travels the 'Thieves Road' - an old drovers' route where herdsmen were frequently attacked and robbed of their cattle. Today the only attacks come from the old bits of fence- wire occasionally springing up from grass and scratching legs. The ground underfoot is delighfully soft and wonderful for walking or running along. Navigation for the first part of the route is fairly obvious, but becomes a bit trickier beyond West Cairn Hill.

Main peaks
East Cairn Hill (567m)
Mendick Hill* (451m)
  *see 'Alternative routes' below
Other peaks  Mount Maw (535m)
Grain Heads (532m)
The Mount (538m)
Wether Law (519m)
West Cairn Hill (562m)
Byrehope Mount (536m)
King Seat* (463m)
Spittal Hill* (526m)
  *see 'Alternative routes' below
Ascent 800m (2,625ft)
Distance       17km (10.5m)
Time walk : 5:35hr*, run : 2:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   near Baddinsgill Farm
(grid ref : NT127549)


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