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Name:Blackhope Scar
Hill number:1802
Height:651m / 2136ft
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
Donald area:Moorfoot Hills
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA), Midlothian (UA)
County (CoH):Midlothian (CoH)
County (CoA):Lothian (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Musselburgh), Tweed
Watershed:Firth of Forth, Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head, Tweedmouth
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,G,D,CoH,CoU,CoA,DN,Y)
Grid ref:NT 31512 48324
Summit feature:no feature 15m SW of trig point
Drop:282m
Col:369m  NT347465  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 73
(1:25k) 337
Observations:trig point is at NT 31528 48334 and probably lower
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
Notes:
  • Lothian (1974) administrative county top
  • Midlothian historic county top
  • Midlothian current county/UA top

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From cattle grid (9:50), cycled up the glen past the farm on a surprisingly good track as far as the ford just short of where the tracks divide (10:05). Followed Gill's route up the track (1:25000 map only) to Blackside Rig then along the E side of the fence over Adams Rig to the summit. A faint ATV track joins a very muddy road at the grouse butts. Light rain faded away and it was clear at the top though hazy. Back same route; bike 12:45, car 13:05.dbb09/09/2019
3/4iangpark12/08/2019
From north, up the NW ridge clockwise circuit of the three Donald'svegibagger08/07/2019
Dunx2005's route via Blackhope is a good one. Good parking by the cattle grid, then an easy track leads past the farm and on to a shooting cabin. If the river is in spate and the crossing impassable, there is a rickety bridge before the ford near the circular sheepfold. The track goes up through a gate to Blackside rig, then divert onto an old ATV track along the fence. Cross the fence before a gate and rejoin the vehicle track SW along Adams Rig, quite boggy in places. The track veers away from the fence when it changes direction (W) and gets a bit lost in a mossy bog, but reappears on the dry grass running up the hill between hags and goes to within a few yards of the summit, running parallel with the fence. Best done in dry conditions or a hard freeze but a very easy route.Gill07/07/2019
From car park just before Moorfoot Farm via The Kipps. Did 12 mile round in glorious weather with excellent views.MichaelF24/05/2019
Parked next to Gladhouse Reservior and followed route in Cicerone County Tops Book - Still squelchy on the tops (and that's after too long a spell of dry weather) - Views noth of the Pentland / Edinburgh and West / East Lomond beyond. Explored Hiredean Castle on our return.briandavies11/05/2019
21st Donaldlojzi86062104/05/2019
CK SheilaS01/01/2019
Walked up from reservoir as farmer refused parking.willyross16/11/2018
Grim ascent in mist and drizzle from GladhouseColin Crawford20/10/2018
Anticlockwise tour of 3 Donalds with Kirsty & Robert from Gladhouse; thick mist at top after good views on ascent.barnz4802/09/2018
From Blackhope Farm. Followed track alongside Blackhope Water. At sheepfold below Wooly Law, took path NE, then SE to Blackside Rig. The hand-railed the fence to the top. NB There's a vehicle track on the other side of the fence which leads almost all the way to the top, and makes for easier going than across the heather /peat-bogs.dunx200522/08/2018
From the parking area south of Gladhouse reservoir just before the sign that prohibits cars from going any further, follow the track round the Kipps walk to the fence and follow to the top. Eight and half miles in three hours.WAYNE ROWLETT01/08/2018
From Gladhouse Res out to cottage and up Hirendean Hill. Very dry making going good to Blackhope Scar by fence from The Kipps. Then across to wind farm and Bowbeat Hill before taking atv track towards Dundreich (bit of heather bashing but not bad). Return by Jeffries Corse and good track to Gladhouse Cottage.SS08/07/2018
Bagging the trig.BigJ22/06/2018
Weather fair.MountainMac13/08/2017
From the summit of the B709 at 347464 underneath Burntshell Rig where there is plenty of parking. With J on a baking hot & sunny day. Don't try this route if its been raining a lot! We stupidly put our legs over the fence & heather bashed our way up the first rise. Instead it's worth walking 300m N on the road & there is a field gate with a nice track. Fork L immediately & then L again a little higher to join the main fence again. The track is now grassy & continues further than the OS Map shows to the first 3 way fence junction. Forked R & then L at the next fence junction near the top of the aptly named Rough Moss, the ground getting rougher at every turn. It's worth moving away from the fence at this point heading more or less directly for the summit - the Garvald Punks are every bit as tough as they sound(!) & there are various ATV tracks in places 100m or so from the fence which makes the going slightly easier. Back by the same route with an out & back to Whitehope Law.NotReallyABagger26/05/2017
Solo trip from Blackhope farm. Last of the very dry weather.Invicta1411/05/2017
Round of three Donald's done in Pea Soup.Play2End05/02/2017
Alone. Circuit from Gladhouse Reservoir.Grinner15/01/2017
Large car park S of Gladhouse Reservoir with plenty of birders as Hawfinches & Bramblings about. Followed road to farm at Moorfoot & then track S beside River South Esk to small hut. Track up to ridge & along fence line to summit. 4 hours total.rogreeves08/01/2017
Last Scottish Ancient County Top. All done in 8 months.Gladhouse Reservoir, Moorfoot, Hirendean Castle, Hirendean Hill, The Kipps, over the moor to fence and thence to summit. West to steep but straightforward descent beside Long Cleave and back along River South Esk. 8.5 miles.callumorr20/10/2016
8th hill of 11 today on a route from Peebles to Leadburn via Venn Law, Maisingland hill, Whiteside edge, Cardron Law. Hog Knowes , Bowbeat rig head and Bowbeat hill using fenceline to summit that is definitely not at the trig point but as stated around 15m sw of the trig.Dazingdale05/05/2016
Plenty space to park at 348465 on west side of B709. Started from there up a steep bank then through heather to join a good track at approx 346466. Left it at approx 344470 and headed west through heather(not as thick as earlier) and the odd bit of track. Headed over Garvald Punks. descended via 599m point.duchally03/02/2016
Last of Moorfoot round.ngthack12/09/2015
From Gladhouse Res.Lionel Bidwell17/08/2015
Last of these three quite tough yomp for Moorfoot Donalds. From Gladhouse Reservoir. Can see Edinburgh in the distance.nickywood104/05/2015
From Gladhouse Resr via Cleave Rig.By keeping just below the ridge we avoided the peat and had interesting views of Long Cleave to within 200m of the summit. Down by the fence NW, tracks W of pt 542 and a nice pasture ridge, Hirendean Ridge to the castle. After a wet morning it was sunny and the views over to the Pentlands and Edinburgh were tourist brochure beautiful. A very enjoyable route (4.7 h)pwheeler20/09/2014
dome in misty conditions.Adrian26/04/2014
Afternoon round of three tops in decent weather after morning rain. 2km (not 1km as guide suggests)along ridge very boggy in placesdickscroop04/04/2014
Solo. After a late start due to weather not all that good. From parking place at SW end of Gladhouse Reservoir. To end of road at Moorfoot and south on track. At end of track followed bits of path up Long Cleave to summit of Blackhope Scar. Highest point probably a few metres SW of cairn. Carried on to Bowbeat Hill and Dundreich.pwbellarby28/01/2014
From the left fork made the mistake of ascending the shoulder over New Moss. Heather,ditches and giant clumps!bolton12/12/2013
Lay-by on S. shore of Gladhouse Reservoir Along lane to Moorfoot Track past ruins of Hirendean Castle to brick hut Up NW ridge to summit of Blackhope Scar N. down by fence and then picked up track down The Kipps Track back to car. Going up NW ridge was a big mistake; trackless, many ditches and much heather. (PM)gerrybowes12/12/2013
selfdavidsbatty06/11/2013
from gladhouse with renee.robertphillips28/02/2013
Aled Edwards & Jason Ashby 'Bagged' for the 2012 Morris Lubricants County Top Challenge for the TCT.morrislube13/09/2012
MC and OMartin6628/08/2012
ghaley26/08/2012
Difficult drifts around the fence leading to the summit which was in cloud. Pleasant ascent from GladhouseRoblex05/02/2012
From Gladhouse Reservoir. Boggy towards the top.Arte Et Labore06/11/2011
W Jenx from Moorfoot farm (actually parking at Loch but you could legally get nearer) and up tracks by Sth Esk rvr. Up by Kipps and then a heather/bog trot to top. Cut the corner over New Moss on way down, would be better way up.nordicstar30/10/2011
With Darren from Edd;leston -rough tusocks after Jeffries Corse -very roughbhether to lovely (i.e easy walking) on track of new wind farm -big turbines up close. Sick making looking from below at the turning blades! Awkward forest to fight through dead mole. down and up over Hog Knowes- . Out of forest and nice easy running descent into Longcote Burn. Camped below White MeldonChris Pearson05/08/2011
Dry, high cloud, cold wind, good views.iangalbraith03/04/2011
Walked in from Gladhouse reservoir up to ridge then followed round head of valley. Hills covered in snow.derekblackburn06/11/2010
AloneSpudGunn27/08/2010
walked with Whiteside law started 87007 finished gladhouse resRekrab25/08/2010
Climbed prior to a business event in Edinburgh.marktrengove13/09/2009
KeithByTheC09/09/2009
Parked 1KM south of Dewar, easy track until ridgeline then thro gate and onto vehicle track to gain further height. Path missing in middle bit then picked up again by fence on Blackhope Scar. Dry clear but cloudy conditions.Dugswell206/06/2009
The day began in musselburgh with a cycle down to the moorfoot hills following the NCN 1. The day was clear and sunny as i made my way on the cycle path through whitecraig, dalkeith and then onto bonnyrigg following the old dalkeith railway line. The NCNkev_russ19/03/2009