Day Trip to Hods Hill (Daer Reservoir)
on Saturday 1 May 2021

Map required is LandRanger 78 Nithsdale & Annandale area.. but you can download a useful map section below ....

This is now a past outing .. like to read about it?

This walk will get us away from the busier walking areas around Glasgow to the quieter hills around the Daer Reservoir.  The route follows the Southern Upland Way (SUW) and is not long or too strenuous, with less than 250m of ascent to Hods Hill (569m and a Marilyn).

To get to the start, drive south on the M74, leave the motorway at junction 14 and follow the A702 to Elvanfoot.  From the village, follow the A702 for approximately 2.5 miles and then turn left where a smallish sign on the right points to the Daer Waterworks.  There is a small white building opposite at the turn-off.  Follow the road until the grassy dam wall of the Daer Reservoir is in view ahead (about 3 miles from turning off).  At a Southern Upland Way marker, turn right and follow the road to the south-western end of the dam wall.  There is parking a little bit further along the road at NS975084 where there is a layby.  Please park considerately.  It should take around an hour to get there from Glasgow.  We'll meet at the cars to start our walk at 09:30.

Our walk will follow the SUW across the dam wall and up the western shoulder of Hods Hill to the summit which lies a little way to the north of the SUW.  This point is 3.4km and 236m of ascent from the start and we should reach it in under 2 hours, even when allowing for legs that have not done much hillwalking recently.  At this point we could retrace our steps back to the cars, which would give quite a short, easy day.  Depending on how the party feels (and the weather, of course), we could take a longer descent route via Wintercleuch Fell and Clyde Windfarm or extend the walk along the SUW.

Download a map of the area?

If you would like to come along, just turn up at the start point at 09:30.  However, it would be nice if you would drop me a note to let me know that you plan to come along.

Cornel Brozio, Hods Hill Organiser


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