Sunday, September 12, 2010

Walk Hart Fell Scotland

Walk Hart Fell, Scotland.

A lovely walk on 11th September 2010 in the Scottish Borders. The goal was two Donalds, Saddle Yolk and Swatte Fell, but the easiest way to climb them both, meant crossing over the Corbett of Hart Fell. The trip was a natural horseshoe and a brilliant days walking.

Starting at Capplegill farm we were entertained by some Belted Galloway cattle which were in a frisky mood! We took to the ridge of Saddle Yoke and my frisky mood disappeared as the gradient steepened somewhat! The views back down the valley towards Moffat gave us a vivid contrast between the green fields and the grassy hillside. On reaching Saddle Yoke, we were met by the second ruminants of the day, as two sheep looked puzzled as to why humans would want to climb hills!

An easy descent was followed by breathtaking views back down the Blackhope burn to where we had stared the day. An easy pull saw us up to the summit trig point on Hart Fell. The ridge continued on to Swatte Fell and we met some Wild Goats on our descent back to Capplegill. They didn't seem frightened as I pictured them, but bolted as soon as I spoke.

We have climbed Hart Fell from the West many years ago, but I would definitely recommend this route. We took four and a half hours for the round trip.

Enjoy your walk on Hart Fell, Scotland!

Belted Galloways at Capplegill Farm

Bodesbeck farm from Saddle Yoke.

Sheep on Summit Saddle Yoke

Swatte Fell from Saddle Yoke.

Blackhope Burn, Scottish Borders.

Summit Trig Point, Hart Fell.

Wild Goats on Swatte Fell.

1 comment:

Cathryn Wellner said...

Ah...wonderful walk. I'll check back for others. Used to raise Belted Galloway so loved the photo of them. Beautiful countryside!