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Name:Hillshaw Head
Hill number:1888
Height:652m / 2139ft
Parent (Ma):1870  Gathersnow Hill
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Culter Hills and Tinto
County/UA:South Lanarkshire (UA), Scottish Borders (UA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Clyde, Tweed
Watershed:Tweedmouth, Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Firth of Clyde, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Simm, Donald, Graham Top
Grid ref:NT 04839 24595
Summit feature:small cairn 10m from E side of fence
Col:598m  NT051253  
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 195 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Hudderstone, Coomb Dod, Hillshaw Head, Gathersnow, Hill, Coomb Hill, Moss Law, Culter Fell, Chapelgill Hill, Cardon Hill.PGCE19/10/2019
From Kingledores - glen track to windfarm road up Kingle Rig, then Glenlood, Broomy Law,Coomb Hill, Gathersnow, Hillshaw Head and Coomb Dod, then near 4 mile walk back down the glen to the car. The new windfarms are adding lots of new roads on these hills - not shown on my OS mapCrib Goch24/08/2019
Came, solo, from Coomb Hill via Gathersnow Hill following boundary fence, S Lanarkshire/Borders, onto HH which is festooned with wind turbines, the nearest, no 219, being only 300 yds from summit. Contiued on to Coomb Dod; weather clouding over with rain/mist around. First visit was also solo on 16/06/2015.jacobus21/07/2019
On a round of the 5 Donalds. From Coulter Allers Farm. On own.MorecambeMonkey23/04/2019
From Coomb Dod. Returned to the grit road north to the col, then on grass to the summit. Onwards to Whitecamp Brae. Solo.Man of Kernow123/04/2019
Parked in the inshot off the A701, just at the entrance to Kingledores. Friendly farmers and dogs. Followed the windfarm track just after Glenkerie Burn, up onto Broomy Law, then across to Coomb Hill, Gathersnow Hill, Hillshaw Head and Coomb Dod. Easy walking. Descended east shoulder of Coomb Dod to join track back to the farm. Clear day with good views.LizH14/04/2019
The 5th of 6 D/DT/DDew on N. side of Kingledoors valley, starting with Glenlood Hill & finishing on Coomb Dod. From Gathersnow Hill, followed path along right side of fence & then over fence to summit cairn. Continued to Coomb Dod. (S)gerrybowes09/04/2019
Kingledores circuit, camping overnight by summit of Coomb Dod. Cocklie Rig Head, Glenlood Hill, Broomy Law, Coomb Hill, Gathersnow Hill, Hillshaw Head, Coomb Dodd, Glenwhappen Dod, Upper Oliver Dodd, Nether Oliver Dodd. Mist down over the tops, but just occasional drizzle.RobertP06/04/2019
CK SheilaS02/01/2019
A circuit from Kingledores on a mild, misty December day. Across the foot bridge, up trods onto the broad SE ridge of Cocklie Rig Head, across the windfarm track to the summit, along the fence line over Glenlood Hill, Broomy Law, Coomb Hill, Gathersnow Hill, Hillshaw Head, Coomb Dod and Glenwhappen Dod, steeply down heather slopes to the track down the glen below the sheepfold. There is a curious gallery of summit markers on the Donalds and Donald Tops!Nick Down123/12/2018
N side of valley from Kingledoresbenalder28414/12/2018
MMC walk on a lovely bright clear autumnal dayalexmaclennan06/10/2018
Part of Culter Fells Circularzoedem2424/09/2018
Culter Reservoir round after Gathersnow HillN.Morters22/09/2018
10th of a 13 Top day along what I am going to call the Kingledoors.summitter24/08/2018
Culter Horseshoequadbarrel12/08/2018
19th Donaldlojzi86062114/07/2018
Parked small layby at end of public road. Walked up to reservoir, up easy ground to Hudderstone and over to Hillshaw via windfarm road and back down.AndrewFinnimore07/06/2018
Masses of wind turbinesthekirkie pirate22/03/2018
Short stroll from Gathersnow in minor snow. Very cold. Not a cloud all day. Company: Soloiandesbottes07/01/2018
From Kingledores using windfarm access road to keep feet dry. Out to Glewnlood Hill then along ridge over Broomy Law and Coomb Hill to Gathersnaw Hill. Walked to Hillshaw Head in compant with walker doing a horseshoe from north but sadly saw nothing. Then came the huge surprise as a wind turbine appeared as I descended to Coomb Dod. Returned by way of east flank and valley floor. Shame about the weather.SS14/10/2017
Climbed as a round of 5 DonaldsFlyingrabbit12/10/2017
4/5 (Cutler Fell/Moss Law/Gathersnow Hill/Hillshaw Head/Hudderstone Hill)Fergalh27/05/2017
Circuit of Kingledors Burn.Grinner02/10/2016
Escaping the new tracks, heading north, but the appalling desecration of the once wild link to Hudderstone is all too evidentColin Crawford26/08/2016
Donald and Tump round from TweedsmuirColin Crawford11/10/2015
Second of the Kingledores seven.ngthack20/09/2015
With GHC, not as dull as expected. Wind and rain.Play2End13/09/2015
With Culter Fell and Gathersnow Hill. Easy ridge from Gathersnow.nickywood116/08/2015
Solo; from P at Kingledores along track to Hopehead, then up Coomb Hill (D/T) and SW over Glenwappen Rig and Gathersnow Hill (2nd visit) to HH: continued to Coomb Dod (D/T); v misty morning - < 50 metre visibility on ridge.trienbrae16/06/2015
6th hill on anti-clockwise circuit of Kingledores Glen.Minto07/02/2015
See Gathersnow Hilldickscroop20/08/2014
round of 7 new donalds.robertphillips07/08/2014
Coomb Hill, Gathersnow Hill, Hillshaw Head, Coomb Dodborderterrier01/12/2012
Another forgettable 'hill' marked by a couple of posts.Roblex09/08/2012
As a circular route round Coulter Reservoir, starting with Culter Fell and Gathersnow Hill, and continuing to Hudderstone. Nice walk but a bit breezy! Hillshaw Head isn't that impressive - really just Gathersnow's south top.milngavie_kenny02/01/2012
Culter Hills Donald bagging circuit / run with DarrenChris Pearson06/08/2011
done with culter fell, gathersnow hill and hudderstonebuggerlugs10/07/2011
Freezing wind, dry, very cold, good views.iangalbraith06/03/2011
Dropped down ridge from Hudderstone over Dod Hill then bog at head of Ran Gill. Curved SSE to climb up Hillshaw Headderekblackburn23/10/2010
Along the ridgeMoorponder23/07/2010
Solo Uisdean2521/09/2008
Parked by Camps reservoir dam. uphill over gate and dam to Grains. Followed burn to its end and steeply uphill on buggy tracks into mist. NE above a steep gulley and up final slopes on faint path to cross boundary fence and to top marked with 8 iron fence posts jammed upright. 12.45. to Coombarranc03/04/2008
An excellent round of the hills above Culter Water with Shaky. Parked just past the farm then along the track for a short way taking the side track along King's Beck for a short way before joining the obvious path up NW ridge of Culter Fell. Then followed boundary over Moss Law, an out & back to Coomb Hill, Gathersnow Hill, Hillshaw Head, an out & back to Coomb Dod & then NW to Hudderstone. Dropped steeply E in failing light to the Coulter Reservoir & the private road back out. Started sunny but clouded over just before the top of Culter Fell although we got a view from all of the lower hills.NotReallyABagger28/12/2006
Hillshaw Head & Coomb Dod from Camps Reservoir.agentmancuso15/06/2002
13/02/2012 - 2nd ascent.russell6102/01/1998