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Name:Colt Hill
Hill number:1773
Height:598m / 1962ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
Donald area:Carsphairn Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey
Grid ref:NX 69878 99010
Summit feature:no feature: 20m ENE of trig point
Col:355m  NS685021  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 77
(1:25k) 328S
Observations:ground about 30cm higher than trig point: 4m sandstone 'striding arch' near summit
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 104 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked up the never ending road 400m short of Polskeoch where the farmer's wife gave me a cheery wave. Used Andrew's new forest road then a short pull up through felled area to summit. Down to col and up Cairn Hill then SUW back to car.NormanW19/04/2018
Minor road to Polskeoch takes forever! Best parking at marked parking area then follow SUW past bothy (diversion to Allan's Cairn still not necessary) and across to the summit on easy ground. If ground very wet, alternative route via new forest road from 701999.AndrewFinnimore25/04/2017
From Polskeoch via SUW and Black Hill, there were two timber lorries parked on the col.Chris Peart15/12/2016
All the way up the forest track from the south to the col to the west then up the final90m to the trig and Andy Goldsworthy arch, with Jimmy McPaul. There 6.30-7.00pm. Trig th S5985 is the start of Lucy Feltham trig walk of life.vegibagger06/06/2016
Previously done 16/01/08 solo, today with Liz. Met Mike (Halpin) and his wife (Liz), only the 3rd marilynista met during all these hill walks. Cold, sunny and good views.iangalbraith15/02/2016
From car park east of Polkeogh, after heavy rain no safe parking any nearer. SUW to Black Hill then E to summit. Return by new track from Black Hill col to Allen's Cairn.Topographer5720/11/2015
From the north along S uplands way. Route finding easy. 2.5 hrs return.jenx02/11/2015
W Jenx, down minor road to Polskeoch. Notices now say to park 1km short of road end, however by continuing past the house at road end 100m parking at side of track is possible, even for non 4x4 vehicles. Continued of SUW right to Black Hill. The diversion to Allan's Cairn not necessary. Watch for a big new track between Black Hill and Colts Hill, head straight across. Arch is nice feature on top.nordicstar02/11/2015
round of green hill,mullwhanny, colt hill, black hill, benbrack, wether hill anti clockwise from craigenbeast.robertphillips05/07/2015
Continuation of walk from Black Hill. Returned to stile on Southern Upland Way, then boggy path down to a gate onto new forest road over the col. Then boggy track up to summit. Fine monumental arch near trig point. Walk continued to Lamgarroch. With AT and JT.marktrengove09/05/2015
A pleasant detour whilst walking the Southern Upland Way.Gayle18/04/2015
Round of archescjo04/04/2015
ERB, RIBUisdean2524/08/2014
At Cairnhead (the Byre Arch) there is a grassy forest path leading off towards the summit, it seems. However it disappears or is easily lost, better with road.neimcv12/03/2014
Part of traverse.See TR for Green Hill(Bail Hill)Thearlaichdubh22/02/2014
Start: Near Polskeoch. Notes: Ascended via Southern Upland Way and Black Hill approaching summit from West with no difficulty. Descended to North encountering dense forestry plantation including wind blown trees - AVOID this in order to retain sense of humour.raffemeister18/08/2013
MC and O. 95 mins via forest track from Moniaive. Beautifully sunny, no wind. Very cold - -3 through day.Martin6611/12/2012
From end of minor road at Polskeoch. Rather devious route, forest trails emerging at High Countam on W edge of wood. Up this to Black Hill. Descended E down fence line to new road and signpost to three Striding Arches! Followed forest edge to trig and Striding Arch on top. Google Earth may show a more direct way to Colt Hill.Aye Jimmy23/07/2011
Nice easy walk up to the archborderterrier27/06/2009
Walked up Southern Upland Way over Benbrack to ascend - returned the same way.JohnW11/09/2003
Up the SUW from Polskeoch.agentmancuso28/06/2003
From Polskeoch. SUW on forest roads into forest to monument. Down and up to forest corner and final 3/4m by fence to cross wire fence to column. 12.45. No view - mist.arranc15/10/2001
Date is first visit. Notes from later...ordinary hill, heavy approach from S, easier from N, tough to link with Wether; met JonathanW who climbed from N on easy tk. craigenbeast 714950, Fingland Burn to Colt then via Benbrack to Wether RHW23/10/1999
Keeping up with Rob after his 1,000th.Eddie23/10/1999
Dave Geere17/10/2015
carole engel11/07/2014
Steve Q28/12/2013
Tony S03/11/2013
Tony Rogers21/08/2013
Colin Crawford17/07/2013