New guide opens up 44 best hill days in Southern Uplands

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A new guidebook will open up the wild walking of the Southern Uplands to those looking for day walks.

The guide has been written by Ronald Turnbull, an award-winning author who has written many guides on walking in Scotland. He is also a runner, and in 1995 was awarded the long-distance trophy by the Fell Running Association for a non-stop journey over all the 2,000ft hills of southern Scotland.

The book includes 44 day walks in these often-empty hills, ranging from two to 31km, and often including a number of summits.

The Southern Uplands roll from the Atlantic to the North Sea; from England to Edinburgh. Roughly the size of the Pennines, these hills offer real remoteness and wild walking.

The hills mostly sprawl, big and grassy, but with hidden surprises such as the granite of Merrick and volcanic plugs.

The routes are divided into six areas: the Galloway Hills, Lithsdale and Lanarkshire, Moffatdale, Monor Hills to the Tweed, Lothian and the Cheviots on the Anglo-Scottish border.

Walking these hills offers an opportunity that is hard to find in other remote parts of the UK – the real adventure of wild hill walking, with no one for miles around.

The guidebook provides each walk with a wealth of detail; from distance, timing and ascent information, to the terrain and where to park, all accompanied by annotated OS maps and alternative routes.

Other information, such as how to get to and around the area, and advice on preparation and accommodation, or background knowledge on the range’s geology, history and wildlife, is also included.

The result is an essential guide to discovering the best of the Southern Uplands.

The guide, published by Cicerone and priced £14.95, is available from all good bookshops, or directly from the publisher. Visit