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Name:Criffel
Hill number:1777
Height:569m / 1867ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Nith
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,DDew,Y)
Grid ref:NX 95727 61867
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:487m
Col:82m  NX909683  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 84
(1:25k) 313
Observations:Douglas's Cairn 45m NE at NX 95763 61889 is about as high
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 276 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From New Abbeyabbo000104/11/2019
1 of 3: From Ardwall Mains CP. Very muddy quagmire for the upper section. Excellent views. With Karen.ChrisR21/10/2019
From New Abbeysolitaryfellwanderer12/10/2019
Lovely walk through trees until open fell reached then it became a tad boggy....Nice views over the Solway.steven ruffles08/10/2019
Called by on way to stranraer belfast ferry. Up good forest track then the boggy path. Great viewscjo13/09/2019
Couldn't remember if had climbed this at Hogmanay 1998 whilst staying at Barrend, so re-walked it from Ardwall. Boggy ascent, impressive cairn, no hangover this time!summitter05/09/2019
SOLOVin02/05/2019
By tourist route. Limited view over Solway Firth but good to north.MichaelF28/03/2019
With Rue, Davie, Graham in mist, unfortunately.davechaffey28/02/2019
From Ardwall Mains. Easy walk. First part is on a recently phrased path. Second half is on an eroded and muddy path. Enjoyable.trimarc224/08/2018
Visit to brother now in Dumfries. Before breakfast blast. 05.52 am start on dreich drizzly claggy morning.Up and down in 1hr 03 mins. ( 41 up, 22 down - running through the bogland where the path builders have given up above the forest). Sadly no reverse view to that familiar from the Lake District. Brother and his partner had been up here in the heatwave recently carrying a frozen juice bottle that refused to melt leaving them parched. No problems in today’s drizzle.Chris Pearson13/08/2018
From Ardwall Farm. Return via Knockendaroch.Winterfloodian05/06/2018
From Sweetheart Abbey carpark (free) to Mid Glen and up wet path to top. I didn't get my desired view of the Lake District hills as though Criffel was clear of clouds, the Lake District wasn't. Carried on to Boreland Hill which was rough going. There was a pleasantly well-built wall on the way.Alan Moore10/05/2018
From small CP at Mid Glen below the Waterloo Monument - through forestry then followed boundary fence / wall to Knockendoch - Criffel summit (Douglas Cairn) and Trig - descended main path (very eroded needs some attention) towards Ardwell - Path to New Abbey past Loch Kindar - circuitous route round field edges back to Mid Glen.briandavies07/05/2018
From Ardwall CP. Paused to watch a red squirrel feasting on pine nuts. The quagmire lived up to its billing, as did the magnificent summit view. Mist over the hills to the west created a Caspar David Friedrich effect, and the Isle of Man rose like a mirage on the horizon.Nick Down120/04/2018
From the main car park like many others. 2 hours return.Alan Caine23/03/2018
KeithByTheC01/01/2018
My 3000th TumpDave Geere22/12/2017
A great privilege to climb this hill in sub zero temperatures and snow, when the bogs are frozen hard. From Ardwall, easy path through the forest, then heathery, icy bogs for a while, then snow. Nice.Gill09/12/2017
Bitterly cold day. Thick ice to contend with.thekirkie pirate30/11/2017
Solo. From car park at Ardwall up the standard route. This follows a well engineered path on the true right side of Craigrockall Burn. Once out of the forest the path becomes a quagmire although higher up it improves somewhat. Down same way. Weather sunny but cold. Excellent views from summit including Lakeland hills.pwbellarby11/11/2017
From Sweetheart Abbey by MId Glen cottage and Knochendoch to the summit of Criffel. Returned via Loch KIndar shore. Viwes north were decent enough but the Lake District was shrouded in dark cloud.SS09/09/2017
4/5.PGCE08/07/2017
Hill path was quite dry, which I gather is unusual. Sunny on way up but summit in cloud.prwild14/05/2017
From free car park at Ardwall. Excellent path through forest then the bog-fest. Trig pillar at top. On to Boreland Hill.jonglew06/04/2017
From car park at Ardwall, reasonable path all the way.rhalstead28/12/2016
selfdavidsbatty18/12/2016
From car park at Ardwall. Much wind and rain. Once the good engineered path ended abruptly at edge of woodland, the eroded path beyond was positively running with water. Write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/five-attempts-for-two-hills.htmlGayle05/09/2016
From Ardwall - summit in cloud - no views.Chris Peart18/07/2016
Wonderful sunny evening, cool breeze on summit. From the east car park.N.Morters21/04/2016
Solo from ArdwallUisdean2525/03/2016
From Ardwell with GB. 2 and a quarter hours up and down. Cloud on top which lifted after the descent.bolton02/12/2015
Car park in Ardwell at NX971635 – Up waymarked track & then excellent well-maintained path alongside Craigrockhall Burn to gate at top of woodland – SSW up wide well-worn path (boggy at start) to Douglas’s Cairn & summit trig point. (PM)gerrybowes02/12/2015
From Ardwell. Great path through forest then unforgiving sleep slog through endless wet bog to the top, and in mist so no view !Mark Sims26/11/2015
With liz on normal route.parlick29/10/2015
Mist unfortunately dropped back lower down onto the summit as I approached. However Carrock Fell and Fellbarrow in the NE and NW corners of the Lake District were visible. I had a surprise when Skiddaw appeared in a hole in the mist for about 20 seconds jut as I was about to leave the summit.Nick Caunt20/08/2015
Started at the car park with barely a cloud in the sky, walked up and by the time we got to the top Criffel was in thick cloud from the 150m contour up, shame we didn't get the view.DanTrig24/04/2015
Solo, from the CP at Ardwall. Fantastic day on the hill - started in fog, finished in fog, but above 200m the sky was brilliant blue. Superb cloud inversion over the Solway with the Lake District hills standing clear - visibility was tremendous - must have been 50 miles all round - could see IoM quite clearly. Plenty of snow and ground frozen hard, so no bog problems today.Crib Goch07/02/2015
My 800th marilyn up from carpark, great views to the lake district hills, tops poking through the clouds.robertphillips07/02/2015
First of 5 today. Usual route. Bit hazy but could still make out a faint Helvellyn.AndrewFinnimore24/10/2014
Trigpointcjo18/10/2014
After a morning in Dumfries -free parking and museums. Up and down the tourist path which was a bit muddy once we left the well built forest path. After a very humid climb we found the top adorned with a trig point and a golf club! Lots of black berries on the lower paths.mindlessflogger05/09/2014
With kids + Jen and Frannix_snilloc05/05/2014
Parked at Ardwall (10:30) and followed well-engineered path through woodland to open hillside. Boggy for a short distance from there then good path to summit (11:40). Lovely day, good views across Sloway Firth, lots of walkers. Back to car 12:25dbb19/04/2014
With GHC. Probably one of the best paths encountered hillwalking for the first half of the walk followed by probably the worst path I've ever seen up to the summit. Weather mixed!Play2End17/11/2013
up the tourist route from the South. pleasant rambleThearlaichdubh30/05/2013
Out & back from the car park to the NE at Ardwall. On own.MorecambeMonkey19/02/2013
From Ardwall CP via path, then boggy coire to summit.neimcv07/09/2012
MC JM. On a beautiful sunny, cold and crisp day with superb views across to Skiddaw.Martin6614/01/2012
ran the Criffel racetom smith20/03/2011