Name:Ballencleuch Law
Hill number:1746
Height:691.4m / 2268ft
SMC/RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
Donald area:Lowther Hills
County/UA:South Lanarkshire
Topographical area:SS02 Lowther-tinto
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Grid ref:NS 93562 04967
Summit feature:small pile of stones by fence
Col:486m  NS982017  
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East Mount Lowther, Lowther Hill, Green Trough, Green Lowther, Peden Head, Dungrain Law, Dun Law, Louise Wood Law, Comb Law, Ballencleuch Law, Scaw'd Lawkeithouk18/06/2024
12.1 mile circular from Kirkhope Cleuch. Up ATV trail by edge of forest, then up fenceline to Comb Law on easy grass. We avoided the rough terrain near Hirstane Rig by descending a little to the east then pulled up onto Rodger Law and its trig. Very easy short grass trails to Ballencleuch Law and Scaw'd Law. Heathery through Smuring Hags onto Glenleith Fell, then stony tracks down and up to Wedder Law and Shiel Dod. To avoid extra lane walking we descended via the grassy Ewe Gair back to the track and through the empty Kirkhope Farm along road back to car. 763m ascent. Lovely sunny weather with a cooling breeze. Extensive views. Unsurprisingly for this part of the country we saw no one.DanTrig18/05/2024
Nice sunny day with cooling breeze. Only saw 1 other in the large area walking, nice.Jhimmy11/05/2024
11.25 mile circuit from Durisdeer, following the nice tracks up Glenleith Fell, then Scaw'd Law, Ballencleugh Law and Rodger Law then off over Hirstane Rigg down to the track via an ATV track, then back down valley to Durisdeer.JulieB19/04/2024
straight line from layby on side of Watchman's Brae before road descended to buildings. 1hr 20 return.jef08/03/2024
Round of 7 hills from Durisdeer with GN. Easy walking and very enjoyabletrimarc207/03/2024
7 Donalds & 2 Donald Tops from Kirkhope Cleuch - Comb Law, Rodger Law, Ballencleuch Law, Scaw'd Law, Glenleith Law, Wedder Law, Gana Hill, Earncraig Hill, Penbreck & Queensberry. Very wet underfoot return over the Lamb Hill ridge. 19.5 milesGary Heath06/03/2024
Run from Daer reservoir run then Comb Law, Rodger Law, Ballencleuch Law, Scaw'd Law, Glenleith Fell, Wedder Law, Gana Hill and Earncraig Hill.quadbarrel26/11/2023
From Durisdeer for a round of Glenleith Fell, Wedder Law, Scaw'd Law, Ballencleuch Law, Rodger Law, Comb Law and Meikle Shag.rhalstead26/08/2023
Circuit from Kirkhope of Rodger, Ballencleuch & Scaw'd Laws, Glenleith Fell, Wedder Law & Sheil Dod. Pretty easy going except for descent along the Carsehope Burn, which was a bit rough. There were a lot of vehicles on Gana Hill, presumably out for a shoot.sclater25/08/2023
2 of 4: From Scaw'd Law. With Karen.ChrisR23/05/2023
The Google Maps suggested route to Durisdeer was awful, this is the route via the ford, it wasn't the ford but the huge potholes that were the problem. Would suggest taking the longer route. Followed tracks the whole way up to Glenleith Fell, Wedder Law and back the same way to Scaw'd Law. Then a pleasant walk to Ballencleuch Law and Rodger Law. Long trek through boggy and peaty ground to Comb Law which was pleasant enough once you got up there. Followed Kirkstane Grain down to Sheepfold, waded across the stream (boots just about dry though) and then took the Roman Road (very pleasant) back to Durisdeer. Didn't see a single person all day.tsharp10/05/2023
From Durisdeer. 1 of 2thekirkie pirate30/10/2022
Dense mist, high winds and heavy rain for the majority of the walk, but on the whole the going was alright enough and these are some really quite delightful hills around here.Alex C30/10/2022
From Rodger Law. Solo.Dangerous Dave17/10/2022
Started from Kirkhopecleugh at Daer. Comb Law, Rodger Law, Ballencleuch, Scaw'd Law, Wedder Law, Gana Hill and Earncraig Hill before dropping to Daer Head and the long walk back along the track (15 miles)jigglybones16/10/2022
Parked at the end of the forest on the Daer Reservoir road, following a grass track along the forest line to a wall and fence that climbs to Comb Law. An ATV track aids continuation to Hirstane Rig and Rodger Law. Over to Ballencleuch Law then fence/wall line to Scaw'd Law. Once down the south flank a stone track heads up to Glenleith Fell and Wedder Law and Shiel Dod. The track continues to Daer Water and the Reservoir road. 4.5hrs.summitter08/04/2022
Daer Reservoir Donalds, parking at Kirkhope Cleuch around midday on Saturday 2nd April, I headed up Coomb Law (645m, Donald), then around to Rodger Law (688m, Donald Top) & along to Ballencleuch Law (689m, Donald & Graham). Then Scaw’d Law (663m, Donald), some heather bashing to get ‘directly’ to Glenleith Fell (612m, Donald Top), followed by a track to top of the Glenleith Burn & up to Wedder Law (672m, Donald), I carried on to Gana Hill (668m, Donald) and down to the Burleywhag Bothy, where I camped & chatted with 3 guys who already had the fire going inside. Sunday 3rd April, late / lazy start, up to Queensberry (697m, Donald & Graham), then via Penbreck & some peat hags to Earncriag Hill (611m, Donald). The plan was to follow the north ridge, over Lamb Hill & Over Law to Crookburn Farm, but I got feed up with the peat hags & descended west to ford the Daer Water and join the track to Kirkhope then the public road back to the car for 16:00. Great trip.chillyman802/04/2022
From Kirkhope Cleuch via Watchman’s Brae and Roger Law.Lionel Bidwell03/11/2021
From Durisdeer, tracks to Glenleith Law, Wedder Law, back to Scaw'd Law then along ridge to Ballencleuch Law and Rodger Law, finally Comb Law before dropping down to Well Path and back to Durisdeer. 5hrs.Longwojo20/09/2021
Parked at Durisdeer and followed the track up to the top the on to Scaw’d Law then Ballencleuch returning the same wayFellhugger16/09/2021
Parking for a couple of cars beside Daer Reservoir, at corner of forestry just before Kirkhope Cleuch cottage (966 073). More parking nearer the dam if needed. Straight up to Watchman’s Brae, then Rodger Law, Ballencleuch Law, Scaw’d Law, (missed Glenleith Fell!), Wedder Law, Shiel Dod, before descending on a rough track all the way back to the reservoir and the car. A pair of massive black ravens soared overhead.Toby-and-Dion04/09/2021
Small cairn near fence on rough grass, accessed by quad track from Rodger Law. Superb wild views of grassy ridges. Sleet and baaing lambs.Denise 02/05/2021
With Well Hill, from rough layby off A205 near phone masts. Up Roman road. Sunny, mostly, but serious windchill and a tiny bit of hail. Occasionally warm in sun. Rounsfell29/04/2021
Rodger Law, Ballencleuch Law, Scaw'd Law, Glenleith Fell, Wedder Law and Shiel Dod from Kirkhope, Daer reservoir. 12.2 miles. 2251 ft ascent.DaveGraham 11/04/2021
Lockdown revisit from Kirkhope via Rodger Law, on to Scaw'd Law.agentmancuso03/04/2021
Parked near Kirkhope Cleuch Cottage (NS 9667 0731). Field gate ~360m south along the road, then up to Rodger Law first. On to Scaw'd Law -> Comb Law -> Hitteril Hill.jonglew01/04/2021
Parked at the church in Durisdeer and followed tracks to Webber Law, Glenleith Law and Scawd Law before the route continuing on to Ballencleuch Law, Rodger Law and Comb Law, extending the route to also take in Meikle Shag and returning to the car via the Well Path. Sixteen and half mile in just under Seven hours.WAYNE ROWLETT13/10/2020
Solo. From near the end of the road to Kirkhope. After ascending Rodger Law followed ATV to Ballencleuch Law. Continued to Comb Law. Fine day.pwbellarby15/09/2020
Parked (11:50) at 925085 - plenty of space - and followed footpath S over ford (easy) and the track up the valley. There is a wooden bridge at about 921057 about 250m beyond the prominent sheepfold. I followed the valley ESE, keeping near the stream till past the heather then direct up to the top (13:50). Then followed fence SW and skirted Scaw'd Law and Durisdeer on faint tracks. Steeply down to the pass and steeply up to Well Hill (15:40). Followed the summit ridge and the NE ridge back down to the valley. Finished 16:30. Weather dry and warm with good views of the Lowthers and beyond.dbb19/08/2020
From Comb Law and Rodger Law. South west to Scaw'd Law.bolton14/07/2020
Fence followed from Scaw'd Law to this peak. Good to feel crunch of snow underfoot. Sarnie time at summit. Clouds lifted a bit so got a view only to see next shower cloud heading my way. Company: Soloiandesbottes18/01/2020
A circuit from a good parking place immediately E of Troloss entrance. Along the track to the hut W of and below Hirstane Rig. ATV track leads to a poor river crossing but there's an easier crossing upstream at a small island below a sheepfold. ATV track from the sheepfold leads towards Hirstane Rig and decent faint paths up to Ballencleuch Law. Easy ATV tracks thereafter to circle round over Scaw'd Law and Durisdeer Hill to the pass, then easy, steep grass to Well Hill. Round to Caplaw Rig where an ATV track of sorts leads down to the plantation E of Troloss.Gill18/01/2020
From Rodger Law. Down shoulder N of Gana Burn on easy grass to folds, then back to the car near Troloss.Moorponder12/10/2019
ROC C day 1nix_snilloc28/09/2019
Kirkhope- Rodger Law- Ballencleuch Law - Scaw'd Law - Wedder Law - Gana Hill - Earncraig Hill- Kirkhope round. Straightforward ridge walk from Rodger Law. Excellent visibility with Cairnsmores (Fleet, Cairpshairn), Skiddaw, Corserine all in view. With Petepwheeler16/09/2019
Kirkhope to Shiel Dod, Wedder Law, Glenleith Fell, Scaw'd Law, Ballencleuch Law, Rodger Law, Comb Law.PGCE03/08/2019
from Kirkhope near Daer reservoir, via Rodger Law. After round a ring of Donalds to Queensberry. Good views.IanHHill20/05/2019
Weather fair.MountainMac12/05/2019
From Durisdeer cemetery. A 15 mile round of assorted summits in high wind, good visibility and occasional fierce showers. Stopped in churchyard at finish which is full of massive gravestones!MichaelF24/03/2019
CK SheilaS03/01/2019
Up via Rodgers Law in the mist. ATV track back over Watchmans Brae.willyross25/10/2018
From Kirkhope Cleugh anticlockwise round of Four Donalds, two Donald Tops and an xDT. Ground bone dry which was a huge help. Distance 11.4 miles, 2400ft ascent - just under six hours.Crib Goch19/07/2018
Continuation of solo walk from Scaw'd Law, following fence and atv track to summit of BL; weather kept v warm with little wind. Continued to Roger Law. First visit to BL was as a Graham, coming from RL, on 21/02/2009. Third visit, 10/11/2021, coming from Rodger Law, had lunch and returned to RL to descend atv track/road to P at Kirkhopecleuch Cottage; good day of weather and views.jacobus02/07/2018
Parked by cattle grid at Kirkhope Cleuch 967073. The 3rd of 6 Donalds/Donald Tops on an anticlockwise circuit SW of Daer Reservoir. From Rodger Law, back along well-used ATV track & this continues up from col and passes close to the 2 summit stones & fence post. Continued to Scaw'd Law. (S)gerrybowes02/05/2018
Fittingly from Durisdeer war memorial taking well made track up to just short of Glenleith Fell. Returned to track and followed to very near to Wedder Law before returning same way avoiding wet ground and angling up to Scaw'd Law from gate. Followed ridge to Ballencleuch Law with two minute stop at 11:00, then on to Rodger Law on ATV track. Bit of cross country from there to Comb Law descending to Meikle Shag and then over very wet ground to take the old Roman Road back to Durisdeer. The fort is very impressive.SS11/11/2017
First of the day (sunny but cool breeze). Recommended by shepherd to stick up high rather than stay low along the glen.Play2End22/04/2017