Loch Skeen and the Grey Mare’s Tail – Sunday, 27 August 2017

Part 2 of a weekend of walking in the border country! Dependent on weather conditions this walk may be swapped with the Etterick Horseshoe walk on the Saturday so as to make the most of any clear weather. Any changes will be advertised on the Friday.

This is an unreccied walk, the description is taken from the Cicerone guide.
“It is easy to see how Grey Mare’s Tail got its name as you gaze at the tall, thin line of white frothing water. The waterfall plunges 60m down into the Moffat Water Valley, a landscape created by glacial erosion over millions of years. Grey Mare’s Tail is a superb example of a hanging valley and is important for its rare upland plants and wildlife.” – National Trust for Scotland

Start point: Grey Mare’s Tail car park on the A708, DG10 9LH, NT186144
Meet time: 9.45am
Start time: 10am

Route: From the car park climb the steep steps up the flank of Bran Law, north of the Grey Mare’s Tail. Above the falls the path winds northwest alongside Tail Burn to the foot of Loch Skeen. Before the loch a faint trail through the heather leads to the right over a glacial mound and on to Lochcraig Head via a steep ascent. From this point the elevated circuit of Loch Skeen begins, heading west to Firthybrig Head and then south before leaving the guiding fence and heading across open fell to the Mid Craig ridge. Follow the ridge as it descends sharply down to Tail Burn and back onto the Grey Mare’s Tail path.
The steps can be slippy if wet so please bear it in mind.

Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 600m
Time: 5 – 6 hours dependent on breaks

Please text Mel on 07584303975 by 5pm on the Friday if you are coming on this walk as will be out of signal once camping for the weekend