Walk: The lively leks of Lammer Law

[Approach to Lammer Law]

Lammer Law is one of the highest parts of the broad swathe of moorland known as the Lammermuir Hills. The range translates as "lambs' moor", but instead it was huge numbers of grouse that had taken up ownership of the heather slopes on our visit. The massive pile of stones at the summit commands surprisingly extensive views right across the Southern Uplands and Central Belt, with even the Cairngorms and Ochil Hills easily picked out in clear weather. Wide tracks give good progress over pleasantly rolling ground, later descending through a sinuous glen concealing Hopes Reservoir before a longish section on tarmac. There mightn't be anything spectacular about this circuit on paper, but fully immerse yourself in the landscape and it really grouse on you... er, grows on you.

[Female red grouse above Rogers Cleugh]

📌 Walk: The lively leks of Lammer Law ★★☆☆
▶ 15 km / 9 miles | ▲ 350 metres | ⌚ Half day walk
Main summits: Lammer Law (529 metres)
Points of interest: Hopes Reservoir
Start / finish: Verge parking next to (private) Blinkbonny Wood car park, or anywhere along the road from Longyester to this point, G.R.: NT 542643 ///sleep.flop.spoon

Route: Start - Threep Law - Lammer Law - bealach between Harley Grain & Lammerlaw Burn - Rogers Cleugh - south bank of Hopes Reservoir - West Hopes - East Hopes - Longyester - start
Terrain: Mostly on good tracks, generally not steep, then 2 miles of minor road walking at end. Two short sections of boggy path near summit.
Wildlife today: Hundreds of grouse on the hill, with deer, grouse, rabbit and other tracks in the snow. Mallard ducks on Hopes Reservoir; sheep, cows, horses in the fields lower down.
Weather today: Just below freezing on the hill with a chilly wind on the summit and a dusting of new snow. Blue skies on ascent and descent, but cloudier near summit.

[Returning to the start involves a fair amount of quiet road walking, but with lovely rural views throughout]

Route credit: Walkhighlands


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