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Name:Spartleton
Hill number:1819
Height:468m / 1535ft
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
County/UA:East Lothian (UA)
Catchment:Tweed
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,Y)
Grid ref:NT 65320 65543
Summit feature:cairn about 3m NW of trig point
Drop:156m
Col:312m  NT620682  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 67
(1:25k) 345E
Survey:obvious summit
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Cold up clear. A pleasant afternoon stroll via the tracks starting from the bridge, parking on the verge next to the track. Returned to the road at Millknowe.Roblex14/12/2018
From small car park by reservoir bridge - edge of White Adder Reservoir below Summer hill - Hall Burn contour path - then up to Spartleton summit and trig (low cloud hides the view). Returned via Sprottylea Rig with a visit to Gameshiel Castle (a place to sit in quiet contemplation - a reiver stronghold - hidden up here?briandavies11/10/2018
https://ghostwoodlands.blogspot.com/2018/07/spartleton.htmlrawkmonster17/07/2018
Parked in angler's car park by bridge - track along reservoir - up valley to castle - took contouring path shown on landranger to meet bulldozed track which took me to the top. Good views today.Chris Peart21/06/2018
Started under Hungry Snout and took green track up and across Tod Burn. Pleasant track all the way to summit. Returned by Millknowe.SS12/06/2018
Parked nt6458464211 used by anglers, other parking by cattle grid. took path through gate at back of parking area. Interesting castle ruin marked on the os map. good paths all the way up.G0HIO17/05/2018
Grotty weather so couldn't find anywhere not too muddy and unobstructive to park near Millknowe, so parked at the reservoir bridge. Then along the track to Gamelshiel Castle, across the burn, then up to the highest point of the fence, then straight up the faint path past the grouse butts, picking up the track near the summit.Owen B30/03/2018
A great hill, and a nice walk. Parked by the reservoir bridge, took the track below Summer Hill, over Hall Burn (very small) and there's a nice, dry, grassy ATV track going directly up onto Sprottylea rig, by a plantation, and heading round to the NW side of the hill, where it joins an ugly but functional bulldozed track to the top. Would also be easy to go straight up the SW side, but I was feeling lazy. Nice views if you look away from the wind farm. Easier parking than Millknowe.Gill10/02/2018
With Alex Cameron. Roadside parking on B6355 near Millknowe. Farm track initially, across Nettle Cleugh then a direct line up over heather/grass moorland to the top.jonglew18/10/2017
Misty at the top but still an enjoyable ascent and an area I'd like to explore more closely some day.Alex C18/10/2017
Straight forward ascent from Millknowe (NT65279 63987). Pick up track above Millknowe and follow all the way to summit and trig pillar. High point between cairn and trig pillar.SteveSmith17/10/2017
Parked at 645642 and walked back up road to Millknowe farm. Followed track to Gamelsheil Castle although there's not much left of the track or castle. However after the castle the track improves up the the col and gate which gives access to the top. On descent went back to castle and then down the track that lead direct to the parking space. Nice hill despite the windfarm. Saw one deer.mindlessflogger30/07/2017
Pleasant early evening walk from Whiteadder Reservoir.Winterfloodian28/04/2017
From Gamelshiel...snowy tracks up to summit.N.Morters12/02/2017
Parked in Fishery car park near Gamelshiel. Ascended via Millknowe.raffemeister19/12/2016
After walking to Gamelshiel castle ruins with missus, left her at castle and strolled up to this marilyn with pooch. Ok views. Excellent weather. Company: Jake the Black Lab.iandesbottes09/05/2016
selfdavidsbatty03/05/2016
Weather fair with deep snow.MountainMac16/01/2016
Parked on verge at NT 651 640, just underneath the house. Followed a grass track directly uphill. This track turned into a well made gravel track which went to the top. Returned the same way.aul-fogie30/06/2015
From parking area to W at NT6375365613, a reasonably direct line was taken, making use of trods for much of the way. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/another-surprise-five.htmlGayle28/05/2015
MC. 45 mins up and down between showers.Martin6619/05/2015
from small car park at bridge over water, grass tracks to castle ruins then up through heather.robertphillips02/05/2015
After Miekle Says Law. Up from Millknowe, right hand track leads all the way to the top. Direct descent to reservoir bridge.tim74719/03/2015
From 200m W of Millknowe.jimbloomer14/02/2015
Path from MillknoweAndrewFinnimore15/11/2014
After Lamberton Fell and North Berwick Law we used the hill road to Garvan to get to Spartleto. We went through the gate at NT 6493 6414 (room to park one car on verge there) and approached the top from the north west(40 mins) using mostly quad and slate tracks. No fences to climb. Operated for SOTA from the trig point on short waveG4OBK (Phil)06/11/2014
Parked and ascended from the west by Whiteadder Water. Unfortunately view ruined by wind farm.JohnW31/05/2014
Solo run. Up from near Millknowe, back down to car park near bridge over reservoir - a better route.amswanston19/04/2014
Pleasant ascent from about 652642. Good ATV . Next Meikle Says LawThearlaichdubh26/12/2013
W Jenx. Parking on verge at Milknowe. Head through gate and aim for coppice on hillside, not path on map. At trees gate leads to new track which leads to summit. Lovely top with trig and cairn and super coastal views totally spoilt by massive wind farm on next ridge. Didn't linger this but headed to Meikle Says Law in view to West.nordicstar10/11/2013
Park at the far end where there is a bridge crossing water. there is a path going round the first little hill and will take you straight with no problem to the ruined castle.tallblond08/11/2013
Self, Peter and BonnieInvicta1408/08/2013
Solo. Parked beside east end of bridge over Whiteadder Reservoir. Followed tracks to a gate in a fence on the broad north west ridge of Spartleton. Followed fence to summit. There is a trig point and a cairn. Descended via the ruins of Gamelshiel Castle. There are more tracks around Spartleton than shown on map.pwbellarby06/10/2012
Climbed from road to the east. A vehicle track now leads all the way to the summit.KevPalmer20/05/2012
Pressmennan - Deuchrie Dod - Crystal Rig - SpartletonPrawnFM01/04/2012
Overcast, calm, mild, good views.iangalbraith27/12/2011
KeithByTheC14/10/2011
ghaley07/11/2010
From Millknowe to S. Simple ascent in gathering gloom. Trig on top and sizeable cairn next to it. Views to NE spoilt by windfarm.Aye Jimmy04/11/2009
From the south on dry clear morning with lovely views of Bass Rock.Dugswell211/07/2009
Climbed up from the Whittader Reservoir pic-nic area, hovvering Buzzard, and heather burning. Good weather.rossdrummond11/04/2009
Revisit. From W, steep climb then track leads most of way to summit. Largeish cairn. Fine view.RHW22/11/2008
A beautiful crisp January day out. Today really reminded me why I love trig pointing/Marilyn bagging. Spartleton is an excellent day out.andy07/01/2007
Solo Uisdean2529/10/2005
From car at nearest point on road (14:35), across stream and up to summit across grassy slopes. Wind farm to N. Lovely day, good views. Back to car 15:35. dbb19/08/2005
one of my local hills.SJ05/08/2005
Up & down from Millknowe.agentmancuso08/03/2003
Up from Milknowe in midges.Eddie20/06/2002
From reservoir. 750' up on access road to castle ruin and over sheep grass and open moor to top. 11.20. No view - mist.arranc02/09/2000
Date is first visit. Notes from later...good steep hill, wide view; Gamelshiel Castle a fragment of stonework only. 651641 Millknowe on B6355, good tk then grassy slopes RHW18/02/2000