Larg Hill and a New Hat

New hat as dog water bowl

New hat as dog water bowl

After the trauma of leaving my old hat at the top of Craignaw last week I obviously had to get an exact replacement. it turns out the new version is now Teflon coated which means it can be used as Jazz’s water bowl as well as its other functions.  And we certainly needed it today because it was hot and dry.  It seemed fitting that we try it out on a hill near where my old hat lives: a Donald called Larg Hill that we had to leave out due to lack of time when we were next door at Lamachan Hill and Curleywee.

Jazz going through Wood of Cree

Jazz going through Wood of Cree

Rather than come up from the Glentrool side, for a bit of variety we were going to start at the RSPB reserve at Wood of Cree.  This is a stunning bit of ancient woodland and just gorgeous at this time of year with the trees in full leaf and the Bluebells carpeting the place.  Although we weren’t birding we saw the usual suspects including Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler, Redstart and Cuckoo.  Unfortunately all good things come to an end: we leave the reserve and enter a commercial forest that is being harvested – a bit of an eyesore.  The one good thing is that the track is excellent.

Jazz at summit of Larg Hill with Lamachan and Curleywee behind

Jazz at summit of Larg Hill with Lamachan and Curleywee behind

Larg Hill from the forest

Larg Hill from the forest

Looking up at Larg Hill

Looking up at Larg Hill

The route up the hill is pretty obvious from the forest track.  There is a dry-stane dyke going up a fire-break and then onto the hill all the way to the top.  There isn’t a path but the grass and blaeberry is pretty short and easy enough to walk on, if a little steep in places.  Unfortunately, although Ayrshire has perfectly blue skies, here things were a bit cloudier and hazy which impacted the views 1.   We had tried to make this a circuit but there wasn’t really many options 2 so we just did an about-turn at the summit and headed back to Wood of Cree to spend more time there.

Waterfall, Wood of Cree

Waterfall, Wood of Cree

In summary, unless you need to bag this Donald, I’d rather spend the time in Wood of Cree – this is a pretty dull hill and the views are better from other points.

Notes:

  1. And hence why there aren’t many photos.
  2. At least ones that didn’t involve long stretches on forest track beside harvested trees.
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