Walking -over The Hill

Group leader :- Frank Hall


J.Frank Hall The Old Post House, Moniaive Thornhill DG3 4EH

Tel: 01848 200 263 Mob: 07519 247 360 email:jfghall1@gmail.com

9 th December 2017

Seasons Greetings to All You U3A “Over-the-Hill Mobsters”

Another year has almost flown by and again it has been a successful one. Apart from the November walk which was called off because of bad weather, we've had a good walk in generally reasonable weather, every month in 2017 in a wide range of locations and terrains.

Thanks to you all, the walks have been well attended, which makes it all worth while, with attendance usually in double figures. Many Thanks to the Leaders for ensuring interesting walks and getting us back safely. Thankfully there were no losses nor injuries reported this year.

The 2018 program is also attached, and again has many varied and interesting walks in different areas. Do mark them into your 2018 calendars and diaries, noting relevant Dumfries car parks and start times. Please let me know if there are any errors.

If you have access to the web, remember to occasionally check the www.u3adumfries.org.uk website, where you will find our current program and some photos. If any of you have any relevant photos, then please send them to Derek Whiterod, the U3A webmaster. Also any relevant article would be welcomed for the newsletter by Marion Matthews, the editor.

Do let me know if you have any constructive suggestions and also, do encourage any potential members to join our friendly walking group. If you wish to be removed from the mailing list then please let me know.

Lastly, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year which hopefully will include you enjoying some more of our friendly U3A “Over-the-Hill Mob” walks.


Frank Hall. Over-the-Hill Mob Group Leader. ------------------------------------------------------------


Venue :-

U3A “Over-the-Hill Mob”

Walking Programme for 2018

Group Walks monthly on 4th Wednesdays. Group Leader: J Frank Hall

Tel: 01848 200263/07974 174338

email: jfghall1@gmail.com


1)All walkers walk at their own risk.

2)If you intend to make your own way to the start of a walk then let the leader know in advance as the start point may be changed.

3)Appropriate footwear is essential on all walks. Also bring waterproof clothing, spare jumper, packed lunch, drinks, torch and a personal first aid kit.

4) Grades: C= Gentle; B= Moderate; A= Strenuous January 24th B/10m/1800' ascent

Leader: Stuart King T:01387 780 605 Terregles Mast and Beacon Hill. Minor roads, tracks and fields. Park towards where the Glen road narrows some one mile beyond Kilnford Barns farm shop. Start NX 919 752 Lr 84 Ex 341 Leave Homebase car park at 9.00 am.

February 28th

C+/ 7m /900' ascent Leader: Tom Russell T:01387 810 502 SW of Lochmabon incl. Beacon Hill & Almagill Hill passing Rammerscales House Undulating terrain using open ground and tracks. Meet at Bowling Green c/p on Annan Rd. Lochmaben NY 085 822 Lr 85 Ex 322 Leave Homebase c/p at 9 am

March 28th

C/9m/min. ascent Leader: Frank Hall: 01848 200263/07519 247360 From Auchinleck Tesco c/p NS 553 215 Lr71 Ex327 we walk through Dumfries House Estate then Lugar Water path to Ochiltree and on to the Barony “A”Frame open-air mining museum. Back via Dumfries House Gardens. Leave Homebase c/p at 8.30 am

April 25th

B/9m/1500' ascent Leader: John Lumb T:01387 270 153 Annandale-Way Beef-Tub Loop from Eric-stane N of Moffat. Paths, tracks and open hill-side with several tops. Great views. Park NT 075 103 Lr 78 Ex 330 Leave Homebase c/p at 9.00 am

May 23rd

B/11m/800' ascent Leader: Hugh Dickson T:01387 730 282 Terregles/ Irongray Area. See Morris Hill and Cluden water. Steep hills, farm tracks (pos.muddy) , walls & fences. Some roads. Start NX 932 773 Lr 84 Ex 321 Leave Homebase c/p at 9.00 am.

June 27th

B/9.5m/ 1300' ascent Leader: Sue Hudson T:01557 820 239 Around Crummock Water. From Buttermere, after a short steep climb behind Rannerdale Knotts (lovely views) path drops down to lake. Second part may be rough and wet under foot...incl diversion to see Scale Force waterfall. Park (Ł10 Charges) NX 174 171 OL4 Leave Old Aldi c/p at 8.00 am

July 25th

A/8.5m/3100' ascent Leader: Tom Lindsay T:01387 268 513 Easdale Round, Paths to Easdale Tarn, Sergeant Man,Calf Crag,and Helm Crag. Start NY 336 073 Lr90. OL6/7 Leave Old Aldi c/p at 8.00 am

August 22nd

C/6˝m/ 500' ascent Leader: Graham Johnstone T01387 263754 Newton Stewart area. Garlies Castle and Knockman Wood. Good tracks, woodland walks and a small amount of tarmac road. Park NX 408 673 Lr 83 Ex 319 Leave Homebase c/p at 8.30am

September 26th

B/9m/1200' ascent Leader: Alistair Brown T:01387 811842 Penpont Area. From Church c/p, N to Auchenknight Wood & Druidhall. back via Auchenbainzie Hill. Track, open hill and some minor road. NX 849 945 Lr78 Ex 321 Leave Homebase c/p at 9.00 am

October 24th

C+/9/1600 ascent Leader: Dot King T:01387 780 605 Menzion Valley(Tweedsuir): Forest walk along the Silver Jubilee Road with good views of the Talla and Fruid reservoirs. NT089 229. Lr 72//73. Ex330 Leave Homebase c/p at 9.00 am

November 28th

B/9m/min ascent Leader: David Llewellyn T: 01387 760 203 Thornhill to Drumlanrig Riverside Core Path then Drumlanrig walks path Return via forest tracks and minor roads. Park near church NX 877 954 Lr78. Ex321 Leave Homebase c/p at 8.30 am

December 19th

C+/7m/ 250' ascent Leader: Monica Callender T: 01387 270153 Brydekirk to Hoddam: Follow Annandale Way to Hoddam incl. climb to Repentance Tower,. Return through Woodcock. Paths and tracks. Park NY 183 704; Lr 85, Ex 322 Leave- Homebase c/p at 9.00 am



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