Leave Sands 9.15 am, gather at Kilngreen Car Park, Langholm, 9.45 am.
You won't find Timpen on the OS map. Instead, look for its more boring name of Mid Hill, west of Langholm (Ref 345 855).
From Kilngreen, we cross the Esk bridge and walk through the town to the lower slopes of Meikleholm Hill and then rise steadily along its west side before dropping slightly to the col that will lead us to the highest point of today's walk, the summit of Timpen at 327 metres. We then travel west and then south along the broad, and in places damp, Caulfield Rig, with superb views in all directions given a reasonably clear day.
The descent into the Wauchope valley is at first gentle, smooth and grassy, becoming a little rough and then horrendously muddy at the start of the loaning that leads towards Becks farm. Fear not, we should be able to avoid the worst section! The farm lane, sporting some spectacular potholes, takes us to the Lockerbie road, and then it's over the bridge and on to Gaskell's Walk for the return to town.
Car Walk: Sands:9.00am
A traditional winter walk probably via a slightly un traditional route. Starting from the old road just outside Braithwaite where the parking is free we head through the Scotgate Camp Site. We then follow the Newlands Beck all the way to Stair and the foot of Causey Pike. We will avoid the steep ascent up Rowling End and take the path on the North side of the fell that runs parallel to Stonycroft Gill. We will then have to take the short steep last pull onto the summit. There is some minor scrambling involved but nothing to difficult and it will add a bit of fun to the proceedings.
Having enjoyed the views its down toward Outerside and the path toward Barrow Door and onto Barrow. Its then a nice gradual descent all the way down and back into Braithwaite. We can take our lunch when we like. There is a new cafe in the village at the site of the old public toilets which hopefully will be open, if not the Royal Oak pub is nearby. Hope to see you there.
Be there or be square.
Moira and I have had to change this walk because when we did a recce we barely survived the treacherous conditions created by tree felling on a huge scale. We did another recce today and the walk will still start from Hallbankgate but we will walk to Tindale village by Roachburn Farm. On the return leg we will skirt Tindale Tarn and head to Clesketts and then back to start. It is about 7 miles and the conditions underfoot were good today. Whilst not really hilly, it is not flat either - an interesting area.
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Sunday 27th January 2019
Car Walk Sands 9.00am
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Timpen - Caulfield Rig
6 Miles Grade 3
Leader: Ken Halliday
Sands: 9.15am - Kilngreen Car Park,Langholm 9.45am