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Name:Meikle Says Law
Hill number:1813
Height:535m / 1755ft
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
County/UA:East Lothian (UA), Scottish Borders (UA)
County (CoH):East Lothian (CoH)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Yeaman
Grid ref:NT 58121 61734
Summit feature:trig point
Col:268m  NT396565  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 67
(1:25k) 345E
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Berwickshire historic county top (hill 5455) is 100m to S on border
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • East Lothian historic county top
  • East Lothian current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 229 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Mostly done on good tracks in warm sunny weather. With Brian R.Play2End25/08/2019
Alone. Ascent via landrover track round northern side. Descent directly down ridge with indistinct pathSpudGunn08/07/2019
Track from road to Faseny Cottage, then ‘middle’ track that goes up the ridge. Good track to start but eventually becomes indistinct. Lots of Grouse around. To trig and then across fence to Berwickshire County top. Came back down via track from trig, which took longer than ascent.PeterD05/07/2019
From the Longformacus road down to Faseny Cottage (where my great grandfather lived in 1881) then up the track by Faseny Water to the summit (several crossings). Returned by Sheil Rig.SS28/04/2019
Up the track from Faseny Cottage with Sail. Back same way after visiting the Berwickshire County Top.Dangerous Dave15/04/2019
Solo. I parked at roadside parking above Faseny Cottage. Followed the track that goes down towards Faseny Cottage and across a footbridge over Faseny Water. Followed the track towards Little Says Law. This is a substantial track as far as a track junction, then becomes a rough track, little used. From there I followed a fence to the summit of Meikle Says Law. The boundary between the historic counties of Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire (later called East Lothian) runs near or not far from the fence. From trig point climbed over a gate to go south to the highest point of the historic county of Berwickshire. On return used a substantial track that descends from the summit of Meikle Says Law to the glen of Faseny Water. It had been misty almost all the time on the walk, but began clearing up towards the end. No precipitation.pwbellarby06/01/2019
Third visit, tacked on to Little LawColin Crawford09/10/2018
From Hopes – brutal ascent, thankless trudge. Sunshine briefly and view good. V windy, low cloud. Time includes 38-minute mushroom detour. Rounsfell08/10/2018
Weather fair.MountainMac11/08/2018
Route as Roblex.Chris Peart20/06/2018
Preceded by Dirrington Great Law. Followed the 'middle track' from Faseny cottage via Dun Side. Last section over rough heather. Dry & overcast.Roblex17/06/2018
Standard ascent past Faseny Cottage. Clockwise circuit on tracks with last Km on ascent across moor as track fizzled out.KevPalmer08/05/2018
Standard route from above Faseny Cottage up Dun Side. Slightly wet feet at the ford, couldn't be bothered to detour to the footbridge. The track gets progressively muddier and fainter and then becomes a barely visible path. Came off slightly too far east in the clag and had to contour round. Three mountain hares seen, white underneath, grey/brown on top; I didn't know they were present in the Southern Uplands.Owen B30/03/2018
The standard route from Faseny, but what a challenge today, in deep snow. Quite hard driving up the hill to the starting point (most cars didn't make it), and amazed to be able to park (the snow plough had shoved the snow away from the parking place somehow). Easy going on the track at first, degenerating into knee deep snow and deep drifts. Never mind, it's good for me, and it was very, very pretty.Gill11/02/2018
Parked on minor road Gifford to Longformarcus - track past Fensey (caramel coloured) cottage - Over Fensey Water - Dun side - Sheil Rig (Open Heather Moor - just keep heading upwards) Summit and trig (by Windfarm) - Little Says Law - followed Easter Lamb Burn back to Fensey and car.briandavies26/10/2017
With Steve Smith. Roadside parking on minor road to NE, at access track for Fasney Cottage. Track most of the way, becoming fainter, then non-existent, then over easy heather.jonglew16/10/2017
Parked at 613637 at gate to the modernised Faseny Cottage. Easily over the Faseny Water (new bridge down stream if required) and then up track to summit via Dun Side. Lots of hares near the top on this well managed grouse farm. This approach avoids the wind farm as much as possible. Could cycle all the way via track up Faseny water.mindlessflogger30/07/2017
Revisit from road junct to NE, via Dod Law & Harestone Hill.agentmancuso18/02/2017
From NT613637 where there is good parking. Followed tracks up Dun Side to reach summit. Returned same wayraffemeister19/12/2016
Reached this top from the lay by opposite Faseny cottage on the minor road between Gifford and Longformacus, this 6.5 mile walk with 270m of climb can be found in Jonny Muir's book of UK County tops and took me all day as I climbed Meikle Law instead which can be reached from the same road and the locals don't seem to know there are two hills of virtually the same name!WAYNE ROWLETT23/08/2016
Self and dogInvicta1430/06/2016
From Fasney Cottage, used the track all the way to the summit following Fansey burn...return over the moor to alternative track and as previous posts tricky to find on upper section. Great views albeit the Eildons blocked by the wind farm to the south. With SuzanneN.Morters15/05/2016
Parked up from Faseny Cottage. Road runs west, then south, then east all the way to summit. Hopped over into Berwickshire. North East return via Lamb Burn. 6 miles.callumorr06/04/2016
From Faseny, we followed the track (almost a road) along Faseny Water and all the way to the summit. Then we had trouble finding the track (not a road) back down to the north-east, but in clear dry conditions it wasn't an issue. Route-finding might have been easier in reverse.Pete R10/10/2015
Parked at gate above Faseny Cottage and followed good track almost to the top. Harder finding it on the way back, even on a beautiful clear day.aul-fogie30/06/2015
From layby opposite Faseny Cottage access track. Return via Little Says Law. Route and write-up at:
good track up from faseny cottage.robertphillips02/05/2015
From road above Faseny Cottage, track over Dun Side then on up the boggy hillside to the summit. Return over Little Says Law and track out to Faseny Bridge.tim74719/03/2015
S/F FasenayAndrewFinnimore15/11/2014
Walked in from Redstone Rig. Unfortunately the summit view ruined by wind turbines.JohnW30/05/2014
Solo run. From Faseny.amswanston19/04/2014
From Faseny rd end after Spartleton. To avoid wet feet use the bridge below the cottage and contour round to obvious track. Pleasant trudge . Fortunately bog was frozen.Thearlaichdubh26/12/2013
From gate on minor road. Five and a halfmile round trip in good weather taking in South Shoulder as wellbolton11/12/2013
Lay-by opposite track to Faseny – Drop down & ford Faseny Water – Track up ENE ridge & then across trackless moor to summit of Meikle Says Law. Also did Meikle Says Law south shoulder - Berwickshire's County Top. (PM)gerrybowes11/12/2013
Lovely winter afternoon for the East Lothian and Berwickshire county tops.killiedaft01/12/2013
W Jenx, from road above Fasey cott. As Jimbob and others, take ford then direct track up hill. New road becomes moor landrover trail, then path and above 450m nothing but heather for 200m. Path re-emerges leads to trig and over fence to second county top.nordicstar10/11/2013
County top and Marylin, short walk up from the East road. Lots of windmills up here now but tracks usefulnickywood101/07/2013
Dry, part sunny, freezing wind, mild overall, good views.iangalbraith30/10/2011
Climbed after a business trip to Edinburgh.Man of Kernow112/07/2010
Parked at the end of the road at East Hopes. Trudged uphill over the heather moors to finally intercept and take the track to the top. Was shouted at from a distance to "get off" from the farm workers - these boring moors are for grouse.derekblackburn16/04/2010
From E near Faseny. Tracks over Little Says Law, then followed fence to trig. Dreary day and dreary hill.Aye Jimmy04/11/2009
From NE passing Faseny Cottage on dry clear day.Dugswell211/07/2009
Revisit. Trig beside track, unexciting view. a/c/w circuit from East Hopes, including S3068RHW28/02/2009
Simple hill. Direct path not well defined in a parts. Descended on the LRT. Easily followed and just bit further. Weather poor, lots of ice and strong winds. No visibility - just a typical winter day.Jimbob10/01/2009
1,252 kms from Dover. Last three kms cross country. Only advisable in dry, clear weather.peter22/05/2008
Lovely day on Easter weekend. Came up here for the trig and County tops but couldn't resist nabbing the cache as well despite not having a GPS or Compass its easy enough to fix the direction using the map and pace it out.andy07/04/2007
ascent by MTBSJ31/01/2007