Date: Sunday 17th February 2013
Start: Parking Space next to Cattle Grid near The Megget Stone
Weather: Sunny and cloud free summits
Time taken: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Ascent: 389 metres
Accompanied by: Emma, Milo and Inca
Corbett: Broad Law (840 metres)
couple of jaunts in the Pentland Hills withstanding, it is hard to believe that it had been close to five months since I had done any fell running of note. We awoke to an amazing day in Dunfermline and when Emma suggested some hill action I was keen to get involved especially as a planned trip to the Lake District had been cancelled. With a quick blast in mind I considered some of the Corbetts, Grahams or Donalds, south of Edinburgh. A quick browse on Walk Highlands and I suggested Broad Law. Only an hour or so away by car and the added benefit of an elevated start location, great stuff!
We rustled together some food (well Emma did), piled the dogs in the car and set off south. Once we left the city limits behind the views opened up and with a fresh, cold day, the visibility was awesome. This was going to be a cracker! The starting point was near The Megget Stone at the highest point of the minor road from Tweedsmuir to St Mary’s Loch. Our guide noted there is parking for just one car otherwise it is a 1km trudge up the hill from an alternate, larger parking area. No point in adding any additional work so we drove up the steep hill.
The Megget Stone is pretty unassuming and initially I did not notice it. Apparently, it was used as a meeting place or tryst. Fortunately the single parking spot was free and we grabbed it just in time before a Nissan Pathfinder arrived having the same idea as us. It looked a pretty straightforward route to the top and with the dogs harnessed up we headed up alongside the fence line towards Cairn Law.
As we gained height, the views opened up, especially over Megget Reservoir and White Coomb, a peak we had climbed last winter (See White Coomb Report here). The dogs were equally up for the outing and pulling strong so it did not take long to reach the summit. The summit of Broad Law is littered with all kinds of masts and radio transmitters but it is the Air Traffic Control VOR beacon that dominates the surroundings. It felt more like the set from the X-Files rather than a peak in the Scottish Wilderness.
We chilled out for a while and with no sheep on the summit, we let Milo run free and burn off some steam. I was hoping to maybe take in the Donald of Tella Cleuch Head but as we headed over to investigate, there was dozens of sheep on the slopes and with the dogs already ‘revved up’, the last thing I needed was to be pulled flat on my face by Milo. Instead, we ran easily back down the slopes and back to the car. Job done in less than two hours! Is there any easier Corbett than this?