Name:Criffel
Hill number:1777
Height:569m / 1867ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway
Catchment:Nith
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,DDew,Y)
Grid ref:NX 95727 61867
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:489m
Col:79.8m  NX 9090 6842  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 84
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Observations:Douglas's Cairn 45m NE at NX 95763 61890 and ground 20m SW at NX 95718 61850 may be as high
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 395 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Walk up from the car park via track in search of snow bunting but no luck with only a solitary raven to be found.3 kinnears07/02/2024
From small cp at new glen. Space for five cars. Up past Knockendoch and up to top. Fine and cold weather fantastic views. A classic HUGH!colazione07/01/2024
With Sue from the free Ardwall car park and a donation to Moffat Mountain Rescue in the box. Did not take the proposed path diversion but ordinary route up through the forest and out on to the open hillside to the cairn and trig point on clear good paths. Poor distant visability but weather improved on way down.Frank13/08/2023
Arrived with AlmaAurea & Meltdiceburg of Team HAM on an epic hike for geocaches on an amazing day weather wise. Well worth the hike and a visit to the trig point too!Hitman995609/07/2023
Up and down new path with u3a in fairly poor conditions.SS28/06/2023
With GPJT26/06/2023
Nice walk not too tough lovely scenery nice stream parts from path midway ish up the hill loch kinder nearby with crannog in middle good viewwilliamglew28/05/2023
From the free car park. Excellent route up through the forest and out on to the open hillside to the cairn and trig point on excellent paths. Donation to Moffat Mountain Rescue in the box.smocks and denims26/01/2023
from Ardwall, up and down path.IanHHill13/08/2022
Up and down track. Superb weather and views.dal04/06/2022
Solo trip. The hill was mobbed (what do you expect on a fine Saturday). Very impressed with the quality of the track. View all the way to Isle of Man.Invicta1428/05/2022
With J on a sunny late afternoon from Ardwall car park (donation box for Moffat MRT). Up & down the constructed motorway for the superlative view at the unexpectedly deserted top. Isle Of Man visible. Skylarks & meadow pipits everywhere.NotReallyABagger28/05/2022
Early morning ascent following a bivvy on Knockendoch. Descended via the excellent new path to Ardwall then mostly road walking back to Dumfries. About 20km.Christo197924/04/2022
From Ardwall using excellent new path with Cat. Rather faster than I'd have done on my own.SS15/04/2022
Up new path from small CP nr Mid Glen, over Knockendoch, very pleasant approach. On to Boreland Hill, rough going.agentmancuso25/03/2022
Up and down very well constructed path from Ardwall. Cloud on top.raffemeister12/01/2022
From Ardwall with Rosie. Lovely day. Fantastic views. 1 HR 30 mins returnLongwojo18/09/2021
New path from Ardwall so no bog until you reach the top.m0jla14/09/2021
From Ardwall car park. No over night parking allowedCarolRuthven12/09/2021
Park at farm, very pleasant climb with Adrian, hot & sunny. Return by same route.alwaysinshorts05/09/2021
From New Abbey via Knochendoch and back via tracks near the loch.Grey day but still good views. With Bridget.catman31/08/2021
From the main car park. Moderately steep incessant path from CP to top. New path is gravel based and not too nice on my knees coming down, Trekking poles recommended. Good views, probably better if you explored the area.Jhimmy28/08/2021
Evening walk to Criffel on the tourist path and then an out and back to Knockendoch. Beautiful sunny evening, glorious views and sunset. Second visit but obviously not logged the first time. Solo.meltdiceburg25/08/2021
circuit combined with Knockendoch and Criffel. Difficult section with cow-filled field, too much interest in the dog so we skirted north of the boundary dyke and through a very wet rough woodland to regain the track. With SMcC, CH, C, and the dogcatlovesmaps23/08/2021
From permissive car park at farm, up refurbished path to summit area. High point seemed to be 20 m beyond TP.henryfm07/08/2021
Decided to give the new track a try and walked straight up from the car park rather than by my usual Knockendoch route.3 kinnears03/08/2021
From New Abbey over Knockendoch to summit cairn and pillar. Back down tourist route to forest track and path back to new abbeyWayne Mac17/07/2021
Afternoon walk from the Mid Glen carp park. The most beautifully prepared path up through the forest abruptly stops at the foot of Knockendoch, which is a tough punchy climb. I imagine the top part of this walk would be boggy in winter. A worthy hill to climb so close to the coastline.Cammy6813/07/2021
A hill that's been on the to do list for years. The path up now makes it much easier. Windy on the summit.Walker Dan22/06/2021
Revisit. First time on new upper path. Covered with compacted snow. Done with family. Bitterly cold.jigglybones12/02/2021
From car park at Mid Glen. Up and down same track. Very icy. Still snow on top.Slightly Mad08/01/2021
Parked at the usual spot in Ardwall and followed the new path that's still under construction, to the summit returned the same way, Three mile in Two hours.WAYNE ROWLETT14/10/2020
From New Abbey over Knockendoch first to the trig, then the cairn. Down new path to the forest above Loch Kindar. Followed forest track back to New AbbeyWayne Mac10/10/2020
Early jaunt up the new path to the summitBrucethemoth04/10/2020
Ascent from car park with A&C. Up through forest to find good stone path had been laid making ascent easier. The most awkward manoeuvre was passing the parked digger near the top. Visited cairn and trig point for great views across Sloway Firth to Lake District and IOM.PeterD29/08/2020
From Ardwall, two visits in the one day, out and back to Boreland HillColin Crawford19/08/2020
Very hot sunny day. Steep climb after the forest, but levels out to the peak. Walked aloneRO-702317/06/2020
At speed as light fading, from Mid Glen parking over Knockendoch, out and back. Path bad. Sunny day, stiff chill breeze, Lakes looked cloudy. En route Edinb to Ldn. Rounsfell14/11/2019
From New Abbeyabbo000104/11/2019
1 of 3: From Ardwall Mains CP. Very muddy quagmire for the upper section. Excellent views. With Karen.ChrisR21/10/2019
From New Abbeysolitaryfellwanderer12/10/2019
Lovely walk through trees until open fell reached then it became a tad boggy....Nice views over the Solway.steven ruffles08/10/2019
Called by on way to stranraer belfast ferry. Up good forest track then the boggy path. Great viewscjo13/09/2019
Couldn't remember if had climbed this at Hogmanay 1998 whilst staying at Barrend, so re-walked it from Ardwall. Boggy ascent, impressive cairn, no hangover this time!summitter05/09/2019
Very boggy. Via Knockendochconanharrod06/06/2019
SOLOVin02/05/2019
By tourist route. Limited view over Solway Firth but good to north.MichaelF28/03/2019
With Rue, Davie, Graham in mist, unfortunately.davechaffey28/02/2019
Alone, from Sweetheart Abbey. Overcast, dry but cold. Long slog up and lost in forest on descent. Not an enjoyable walk!Gazza195103/01/2019
From Ardwall Mains. Easy walk. First part is on a recently phrased path. Second half is on an eroded and muddy path. Enjoyable.trimarc224/08/2018