Day Trip to Broughton Heights
on Sunday 4 February 2018

Map required is LandRanger 72 Upper Clyde Valley, Biggar & Lanark,
but you can download and print a useful map section below ....

This trip will be by car pool, leaving Cathcart at 08:00 from the slightly adjusted meeting point near the former Inverlair Avenue entrance to ScottishPower (outside the gate).  Please be there 10 minutes early so that we can work out car sharing arrangements.  We’ll drive to Broughton via junction 13 (Abington) on the M74 and Biggar.  Our start point is the car park at the end of the road that leaves the A701 just to the north of Broughton (NT119374).  If you prefer to make your own way to the start, we'll meet there at around 09:20-09:30.

Proposed Route

Broughton Heights (Pyked Stane Hill 571m):

The proposed route is a fairly extensive exploration of the Broughton Heights, which can easily be shortened on the day.  From the car park, we’ll follow the track north-east and cross the Hollows Burn.  Soon after crossing the burn we'll turn north-west to ascend Clover Law.  From there, the route continues to Broomy Side, Green Law and the trig point at the highest point of the Broughton Heights .. Pyked Stane Hill, which is only named on the 1:25k OS map.

The return is back over Green Law and Broomy Side, from where we'll drop to the col leading to Hammer Head.  From Hammer Head, we'll follow the ridge to Green Lairs (pt. 498 on 1:50k map) and Grey Yade (pt. 537) and make the detour to Trahenna Hill.  After returning to the main ridge from Trahenna Hill, we'll descend south-westwards and then westwards back to the car park.

Please remember that full winter kit may possibly be required, particularly iceaxe and crampons, to ensure your safety and your enjoyment of this route.

Distance 11 km
Total ascent 670m
Likely time 4-5 hours

Download a map of the area?

After our walk, we'll visit the Laurel Bank tea room in Broughton for some refreshments.

What next?

If you would like to join this day trip, please get in touch a few days beforehand, preferably by Thursday 1 February.

There are some lower-level options in the area, e.g. a walk from Stobo back to Broughton along the John Buchan Way (10.5km, 340m ascent, 3 – 4h) or back to Broughton from near Stobo Castle (11km, 310m ascent, 3 – 4h).  If you are interested in a low-level walk, please get in touch to discuss suitable options, a drop-off, pick-up or if you need help plotting a route.

Cornel Brozio, Broughton Heights Organiser

m:  07881 945954

e:  cornel.brozio@spenergynetworks.co.uk

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