July - 2014

Sun Shines on Anniversary Walk


Upperward Mountaineering Club turned out in force to celebrate 40 years of hillwalking by recreating the inaugural walk from the Grey Mare’s Tail near Moffat, to the Crook Inn at Tweedsmuir, taking in Broad Law and White Coomb on the way.

The sun shone as more than twenty walkers, including members and friends, gathered at the Crook Inn, the final destination. It took only about half an hour for the more sharp witted members to work out how many cars needed to be left at each end – and they were off!

The path was steep as it made a rising traverse above the gorge but the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall, celebrated in verse by Sir Walter Scott in Marmion, more than made up for the hard work.

The cool waters of Loch Skeen at the top of the path proved too tempting for one member of the club, who felt compelled to strip off and have a swim.

Several walkers left at the Megget Stone which may have been an ancient boundary marker, while others tackled the climb up to Broad Law in the hot sun, returning to the Crook Inn to waiting cars. The celebrations continued in the Woodpecker Inn in Lanark. It was a great day and one which will hopefully be repeated by new members who carry the Upperward Mountaineering Club into its next forty years!

All new members are warmly welcomed – for further information please contact 01555 840826.


Walk Report - July 2014

The group at the summit of Broad Law

A pleasant lunch break in the sun at Loch Skeen

Crossing the Tail Burn at the outflow from Loch Skeen

At the start from the car park at the Grey Mare's Tail

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