Culter Fell
Culter Fell
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martygembo
Edinburgh44 contributions
Jul 2022
Cycle up to the farm at the end, say hello to Gadaffi the terrier, swim in the Loch, climb the hill push bike down the other side and return to Coulter village but watch out for Farmer Gazza he is not liking trespassers.
Written 6 May 2023
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JG, Biggar
United Kingdom38 contributions
Oct 2019
Coulter Fell is a much more enjoyable walk than Tinto Hill. It's also much quieter. At the bottom you can climb following the line of the shooting butts, which is the steep way up and takes a fair old effort, or if you take the path to the left you have a longer but easier climb. The views are excellent and it's just a great day out.
Written 18 October 2019
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jeanette605
Glasgow, UK22 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Park at Birthwood and walk along road to left over cattle grid then take hill path just beyond sheep pens. Quite steep following the shooting buts but well worth the view from the top, at the Trig point head right down towards the Reservoir (no path) and come back on the tarred road (2.5 miles) to Birthwood.
Written 10 August 2017
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chasmac_11
Wishaw77 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
A great hill, with great views that can be a half day walk or a full day out depending on how you feel. Easy half day up and down the same way or follow the fence down and walk out via the reservoir. Full day follow the fence down then go up the side of Gather Snow and follow the ridge back to the start - requires a map, compass and knowing how to use them. Only a score of 4 as the road to the start is single track with very few passing places and parking is limited.
Written 1 June 2016
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EalingKate
Ealing, London20 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Handsome hills with lovely views; not too arduous for an elderly relative, handy for lunch in Biggar.
Written 2 May 2016
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DISABLEDchukky
Krakaudorf, Austria5 contributions
Oct 2014 • Business
wow wow wow what a view from top the getting there was the juicy bit NSD WHEN U are at the top and look down on to my old homw town of biggar
Written 28 September 2015
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Sanny929
Glasgow, UK106 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
You have to to do this if you;ve managed tinto. It's slightly steeper initially but like a Ben Lomand tapers off in the middle to give you that much needed breather. Go climb it this week end.
Written 4 July 2014
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Brian C
Lanark, UK395 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
A challenging but very achievable hill, as long as it is not too windy. Lots of alternatives round about if the hill itself is too much
Written 12 March 2014
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,664 contributions
Jun 2012 • Solo
For those used to hill walking, Culter Fell at 748 metres/2454 feet is classed as a “Graham” and will probably form part of a circuit of neighbouring hills in the same trip. For those venturing out occasionally on the hills it is higher and steeper than nearby Tinto and doesn’t have the same well defined path to follow.

The location pin on TA at time of posting is incorrect - it should be about 7 miles south of Biggar as the crow flies. To find the start point you need to pass through Coulter village on the A702 near Biggar and when you come to the narrow bridge on the corner near the Mill Inn you take the route signposted for “Birthwood & Culter Kirk”, pass by Coulter primary school and carry on out the tarmac road. (The turnoff is a sharp right over the bridge if coming from Abington direction). After crossing a bridge a short distance along this route you come to a split in the road - continue on the tarmac road for a couple of miles until you reach another bridge where you drive past the entrance to Culter Allers Farm and just beyond here there are a couple of spaces by the edge of the road to park. There is space for a couple of other cars if you keep left on the road, past the entrance to “Birthwood”. Once on foot continue along this road and cross over the cattle grid. There is an edge off the road where you can park a single car beyond here, near the start of the walk however signs indicate it’s a private road (leading to the Coulter Reservoir) and you may not be popular! (The road is single track and passing places are at a premium).

The walk commences where a few sheep pens are located next to a bridge. The track climbs steeply off the road to the left (it’s called Kings Beck on the OS map) however you only follow this for a few hundred metres before turning off this on to a grass trail heading up the hill. You will possibly see signs relating to the vintage car rally which comes up this route each year - how they make it I’ve no idea!

This first stage of the climb will get you breathing heavily unless you’re a regular hill walker/fitter than me! It’s definitely steeper than Tinto at this point for comparison purposes. Looking back as you climb you get nice views along the valley you travelled to get here and as you go on you’ll come across grouse butts (stone built shelters) which are sprinkled on the hillside. There are plenty of grazing sheep too and when I was here at the end of June there were lots of lambs around so depending on the time of your visit it may be wise to give the livestock space to manoeuvre.

Having thought I’d reached the top of Culter Fell reasonably quickly I was disappointed to find that I’d only got to the top of “Fell Shin“. The trig point of Culter Fell was visible through binoculars some way off in the distance. Looking back at this stage there is a good view of Tinto. The trail beyond here crosses a flatter stretch of boggy ground (even in June) and the route is less defined in sections - best to keep an eye on the destination. There are quite a few cuttings into the hillside which are best avoided by keeping slightly right, bog permitting, as you head gradually uphill and eventually up the final, slightly steeper, section to the summit of Culter Fell, marked by the trig point.

It was quite breezy when I was at the top and the trig point didn’t provide a comfortable shelter behind which to have a snack. It was a bit overcast with rain on the way when I visited so the view was ok but not as good as expected. On clear days there are apparently views far to the west, beyond Tinto, to such landmarks as The Cobbler. Looking northwards along the fence which traverses the hill I could see Biggar in the distance and to the east I could make out a handful of the turbines which form part of the Clyde Windfarm. This is one of Europe’s largest wind farms and currently has 152 turbines dotted around. There is an application pending at time of writing to erect another 54 - some of which will be sited in front of those currently visible and therefore make them more noticeable from Culter Fell. How this may impact on the landscape may depend upon your own viewpoint on these matters.

I returned roughly the same route I had come and got back to the car after having been out on the hills for a leisurely 3 hours - although my legs would possibly disagree with the “leisurely“ description! It’s interesting to note that in mid-September 2012 the Culter Fell Horseshoe Race was re-run after a gap of many years and in a circuit taking in Culter Fell from the east and covering 18.2 kilometres of surrounding hills and countryside, the joint winners completed this route in 2 hours 7 minutes! I may have some more training to do if I‘m looking to take part next time. Apart from a sighting of another two people on the summit via my binoculars I hadn’t come across another person on my morning in the hills. The trek is enjoyable and recommended - wear boots to tackle boggy ground. Refreshments can be had at the Mill Inn at Coulter village when you retrace the route back to the main road - it’s a good pub serving food.
Written 19 October 2012
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