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Name:Hill of Stake
Hill number:1679
Height:522m / 1713ft
RHB Section:27A: Ayr to the River Clyde
County/UA:North Ayrshire (UA), Renfrewshire (UA)
County (CoH):Renfrewshire (CoH)
Catchment:Clyde, Catchment Boundaries, Irvine & Garnock
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Yeaman
Grid ref:NS 27359 62998
Summit feature:trig point
Col:33m  NS320527  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 63
(1:25k) 341N
Observations:nearby cairn is lower
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Renfrewshire historic county top
  • Renfrewshire current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 180 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Great day out with B.B. Sodden ground. Dry and sunny. Tea break at container bothy.Play2End22/03/2020
The closest marilyn to my home town of 14 years finally climbed. Cycled from house to Old Largs Road HP then 13.2km walk visiting HoS and Creuch Hill.iangpark08/07/2019
From the free car park at Muirshiel Country Park. Track to old mine then up over boggy heathery ground to hill marked 473m. Followed fence to trig. With Gavin Rees.Dangerous Dave09/06/2019
From Clydemuirshiel carpark, with Lily and Rosie, to the old mines then followed a moorland track/ ATV track to the trig point. Wonderful view of north Ayrshire, Cumbraes, south Bute and Arran. Sunny with occasional light sleet/ snow. 3 hoursalexmaclennan02/04/2019
From the Muirshiel visitor centre, following 4x4 track around to mine at NS 282648. Followed intially good path beside stream, but it only lasted for about a third of the way before inevitably petering out in wet ground, then an arduous heather slog until near the final cone. Returned on a more direct line to pt 473, finding an intermittent ATV track up from the intervening hollow, but it also petered out in heather. A reasonably well defined trod from pt 473 to Queenside Hill, but then trackless again down and back to the VC.Isbjorn02/03/2019
Third visit, 6hr round trip over frozen moor from Blairpark via numerous intervening bumps.agentmancuso02/01/2019
A loop to the Hill of Stake, East Girt Hill & Misty Law from Muirshiel Country Park.Chris Mac25/08/2018
Reached from muirshiel country park on a eight mile walk taking four and a half hours in poor conditions. Getting to the mine is not a problem but from the mine to Hill of stake is pathless moorland where navigation is difficult if attempting on anything else other than a clear day.WAYNE ROWLETT23/07/2018
Bagged Blaerloch hill in the morning, Hill of Stake in the afternoon. From Muirshiel country park. Sunny and warm. Straight up Queenside Hill after crossing the bridge. Previous night rain had waterlogged the bog! Spent most of the time in ankle deep water. Rough going as I didn't find a good path so followed a few ATV tracks as best as I could.Jhimmy13/05/2018
Circuit from Muirshiel Visitor Centre via disused Barytes MinePaulineD01/04/2018
A round of eleven hard won hills from the road to the west. Terrain a nightmare and twelve hours of non stop rain before leaving turned it into a quagmire. The rain continued all the time I was out. I don't want too many days like this!thenomad20/11/2017
From Muirshiel via Queenside Hill.Chris Peart15/11/2017
From Muirshiel, over the old bridge and up towards and slightly left of Queenside Hill.Topographer5726/06/2017
From Muirshiel Park. Forded the River Calder by the unsafe bridge, very low after a dry spell. Faint path above Raith Burn, but not easy walking across quite a steep gradient. Across White Grain Burn well up from its confluence, then tussocky grass to the fence line joined at the col west of East Girt Hill. Fantastic summit views : Ailsa Craig, Arran, Bute, Islay, Jura, Argyll, Cowal, Ben More (?), Ben Lawers (?), Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire. Took a slightly more northerly line back for easier footing.Owen B19/05/2017
Muirsheil Country Park - Miners Track contouring Queenside Muir - from mine crossed the open moor to summit of Hill of Stake (& trig) - the top of Renfrewshire - back across the open moor using single conifer as a guide - back along miners track to the Muirsheil Country Park with a detour to the summit of Windy Hill before we left.briandavies28/04/2017
Tucked into a bag of Hobgoblin spit roasted steak crisps up here on Hill of Stake as a little treat for reaching 500 HuMPs. Walked in from the west over Burnt Hill and through the bogs and was certainly quite glad when I eventually reached the trig.Alex C07/04/2017
Start car park Muirshiels County Park, track to mine, rough and boggy ground to Hill of Stake then onto East Grit Hill, Misty Law and back to car park, 5hrs about 8 miles, with Chris.Hutchie06/03/2017
From Muirshiel Country Park, along Miners Track before striking up Queenside Hill and along to trig point. Return via the Baryte mines and track.N.Morters08/10/2016
10th hill of 13 today on an epic route from Largs to Lochwinnoch, climbing Jock's Hill, Rigging Hill, Paton's Hill, Feuside Hill, Irish Law, Black Law, Windyrise, Box Law, Long Hill, High Corby Knowe and West Girt Hill. A relatively easy climb up to the head of the valley with the way ahead clearly seen.Dazingdale22/09/2016
M and O from the visitor centre. Watch thoise potholes on the way up the road. Direct route over Queenside Hill - mossy moorland - and return by the barytes mine. Glorious day. Hot. O drinking from every stream. Views slightly obscured in the haze.Martin6603/06/2016
Parked at the end car park in Muirshiel Country Park then took the track towards the mine to cross the River Calder at the second bridge where I then headed directly for Misty Law which involved a steep crossing of the Rathy Burn. Then onto East Girt Hill, contoured around HoS to West Girt Hill before having a break at Hill of Stake where there was a lovely cooling breeze on a very warm sunny day. A direct return route to the bridge via an easier/higher crossing of the Rathy Burn then on to bag the pretty Windy Hill before returning to the car, a bit hot and dehydrated.Dugswell201/06/2016
Parked as soon as we drove into Muirshiel Country Park walked from there. Realised that we could have driven on quite a bit and added a mile onto this walk - but not a problem on a lovely afternoon. Took the path to the disused mines, then south over heath and bog (but not too bad considering how wet it has been) to the summit. Glorious views, especially to the west. Back via queenside hill - straightforward. 8 miles.callumorr05/04/2016
With Jenx from Muirshiel visitor centre - closed for the winter from October the loos are still open and good CP. At last a hill up here without a windmill cluster on top. Used the track to old barytes mine but seems an unnecessary diversion esp as the track from mines is poor. Came back along ridge leading to Queenside Hill on a good path and descended to bridge over the aforesaid track, a better line up and down.nordicstar25/11/2015
An attractive starting point. Probably better not to use the mine track unless looking for a circular route.jenx25/11/2015
with John Greendavidsbatty02/10/2015
From Muirshiel Visitors' Centre via mineRobertP25/05/2015
jamie, chiara n rocky.. parked at Lochwinnoch cemetery. walked to misty law then hill of stake.. Good weatherJamiePhillips2721/04/2015
Completed off train from Lochwinnoch with bikes. Ascended via Murshiel VC to end of mine track, dragged bikes over moor to summit, pathless and tiring. Good views all round. Faint, boggy path on descent, sometimes rideable to Misty Law, then picked up track down to Lochwinnoch.quadbarrel21/03/2015
Car park at Muirshiel Country Park Along track to shelter at old Barytes mine S. to hillock in col between spot heights 493m & 473m SW across trackless moor to summit trig point. (PM)gerrybowes17/07/2014
Parked at Muirshiel C.P. and followed the track to the mine with GB. Then a hard walk through heather and boggy conditions to the summit.bolton17/07/2014
Solo Uisdean2502/06/2012
up from the muirshiel country park.robertphillips06/02/2012
Alone, from the visitor centre.Grinner08/01/2012
From Muirshiel Visitors' Centre, second bridge, directly up hill to Queenside, nice cairn. Then in mist and rain over minor hills to summit, a trig, cairn and fences. Across to E Girt then returned down burn to Visitors' Centre. Total about 9km of bog, tussocks and no paths.Aye Jimmy14/10/2011
Followed track from Muirshiel Visitor Centre to old mine workings, then climbed up tussock moorland to fence on ridge and followed to top of hill.derekblackburn14/04/2011
Ascent via track to old mines from visitor centre, then bog trot via Pt.473m to summit. Descended to mine track via Queenside Hill. If time, best descent is via Misty Law if Calder River crossable.Man of Kernow112/02/2011
Overcast, warm, high cloud, 1 light shower, good views.iangalbraith06/06/2010
Very boggy. Started from Muirshiel Park and completed the horseshoe of Queenside Hill, Hill of Stake and Windy Law. Great day with excelent visibility to Aran, Ben Lomond and Ben More.Jimbob02/10/2008
Revisit. Circuit from E, including Burnt Hill and Misty Law.RHW14/09/2008
nice natural trek,gaiters recomended quite marshy,start at small car park at enterance of muirsheil country park, just blazed a trail to the summit for fantastic panoramic views extremely windy at summit had nice sunshinebuster2825/04/2008
Long messy bogtrot up from the east end of Muirhead Reservoir and an even rougher descent over Burnt Hill and then down to Largs. Presumably access is easier from the north, but I was hellbent on combining it with Blaeloch Hill.campagvelocet07/09/2006
Christmas Day ascent with Shaky from Muirshiel Country Park. Followed the miners' track then W along Calder Water before turning S for the summit. A glorious view with a big cloud inversion hanging over the Firth Of Clyde. Spent quite a while guessing the peaks poking their heads out of the cloud. Beat sitting around at home watching Christmas telly all ends up...NotReallyABagger25/12/2005
From Cornalees Visitor Centre over Knockencorsan and up North Black Burn to Burnt Hill and top. Moorland.Alan Moore22/11/2005
Muirshiel car park. On mine track for 2 miles. Around west end of loch over swamp. Both feet wet. Up into mist. Very rough going. Stumbled with foot in drainage channels. Down to wire fence leading NW and to top at 16.00. No view - mist.arranc12/10/2001
From Muirshiel, with Fiona, Chalmers 100 Hill Walks route.agentmancuso05/02/2000
Out over Queenside Hill to Hill of Stake and back over East Girt Hill from Muirshiel Country Park, through bogs.Eddie02/04/1999
From the visitor centre, followed the track to the disused mines. Then directly up the hill.Alan07/07/1998
First visited on an overnight backpack from Lochwinnoch.agentmancuso01/09/1990
Rough date.Lochwinnoch to Largs.ARM01/04/1976