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It is easy to overlook the Border hills of Scotland and England, particularly when tempted by the highlands to the north of the Midland valley, but head south for a change and be prepared for pleasant walking over grassy slopes. The Lowther Hills, as a taster, lie just east of the historic lead-mining region around the village of Wanlockhead, which is the starting point of this walk.

The Southern Upland Way (SUW) runs through the village, and is followed for part of the walk, beginning from the road above the Visitor Centre in Wanlockhead. Somewhat bizarrely, part of this walk is on tarmac but as you will find it is nonetheless pleasant walking.

Take the road up the SUW as far as point NS 883 115. Here, the Enterkin Pass path continues south from a bend in the SUW. Take this path to the col at the head of the pass then continue southwest to reach the summit of East Mount Lowther, where a summit indicator points out the interesting panorama.

Go back down over the col and up again to Lowther Hill, whose summit is defended by a fence surrounding the radar installation. Given the current state of world politics, it may be better not to attempt a summit visit here! A clockwise detour following the fence leads to the continuation of the road, which is taken to Green Lowther and more radar domes (732m, 901 121).

Return to Lowther Hill then back to Wanlockhead following the SUW.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 78 'Nithsdale & Annandale, Sanquhar & Moffat'
Distance: 6.5 km
Ascent: 400m
Time: 3 hours
Food & Drink: There are several sites of industrial archaeology at Wanlockhead and Leadhills, just to the north and this walk could be profitably combined with a visit to these, including a choice of refreshment halts.

 

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