Walk: Cort-ma Law - Central Belt solace
|[Looking south from the Campsies escarpment]|
The canny hillgoer tackles the Campsie Fells after a prolonged dry spell (or heads for Meikle Bin), and this mantra most certainly applies to this circuit via Cort-ma Law's weathered trig pillar. Picnickers and hurried sightseers drop off during the first mile of steep ascent: missing out on the best views from the edge of the escarpment, but also missing out on the boggy spots which grow in severity on the way to Lecket Hill. A good way to escape the Glasgow crowds, but wet boots may be inescapable except for the fleetest of foot. If it's really that wet, you might want to consider visiting the waterfalls in Campsie Glen, accessed from the same car park.
|[Good paths help with the ascent towards Crichton's Cairn]|
Name: Walk: Cort-ma Law - Central Belt solace ★★☆☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Main summits: Cort-ma Law (531 metres); Lecket Hill (547 metres)
Start / finish: Crow Road car park, B822 above Campsie Glen, G.R.: NS 612801 / motivates hillside flipper
Route: Car park - Crichton's Cairn - Lairs - Cort-ma Law - Lecket Hill - Alnwick Bridge - start.
Terrain: Grassy moorland paths, intermittent and boggy between Lairs and Lecket Hill. Last section from Alnwick Bridge is on a fairly busy road.
Wildlife today: Kestrel soaring above Lecket Hill; small moorland birds; hungry midges briefly on initial climb and at Alnwick Bridge.
Weather today: Hazy sunshine and light winds, temperature in mid teens.
|[Cort-ma Law - still good views from here, but by now you're in deepest bog territory]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands