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The Taking of the Final Four

102 months ago
Track west of Craignarget Hill
The Machars literally “the Plains (of Galloway)" is a peninsula in Galloway in the south-west of Scotland. The word is derived from the Gaelic word Machair meaning low lying or level land, known as "links" on the east coast of Scotland. Although there are no high peaks in the Machars, it is not flat and would best be described as undulating or rolling. The North Atlantic Drift or Gulf Stream creates a mild climate in which plants normally associated with the Southern Hemisphere can thrive,...
completing the machars

The Taking of The Scares

103 months ago
Big Scare
In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Scares Islands as: ‘Scar - Big and Little, 2 rocks, in entrance to Luce Bay, Wigtownshire’. The Scares or the Scare Rocks are rocky islets in Luce Bay off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland in NX23 LinkExternal link although the pronunciation of the rocks varies according to which side of Luce Bay you were born on, I’ve heard Scares,...
rocks bay bird sanctuary completing a hectad

The Taking of Dulslouch and Laight Moor

105 months ago
Laight Moor
The last two green squares in NX07 were either side of Loch Ryan so a planned assault started with the capture of NX0073 on the North Rhins Coast. The journey to bag this square began as part of a longer walk during the Newton Stewart Walking Festival between Cairnside and Kirkcolm LinkExternal link and ended at Dulslouch with a shot of the North Rhins Coastline to Corsewall Point. Photo in NX0073 The last green square in NX07 was on the...
completing a hectad

The Re-Taking of NX34 with the Old Place of Monreith

105 months ago
Footpath to the Old Place of Monreith
NX34 LinkExternal link was initially completed on the 5th July 2010 by RH Dengate LinkExternal link with a picture taken of The Farm lane south of Barwinnock Photo My planned journey on the 23rd April 2012 to the area therefore, was to complete another personal square in the Machars and bag the inevitable 2nd Geograph. Getting back home and checking my pictures and GPS it became clear that the first awarded to complete the hectad was...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Coast to Coast

114 months ago
North Keys Hole
At the beginning of 2011 I set myself the task of bagging one new hectad every month however after a few weeks break I had to play a bit of a catch up and went for two in one day on the opposite coasts of The Rhins of Galloway. After giving up on waiting for the weather to improve I headed off on the 11th August 2011 to tackle NX05 and NX14 NX05 by my count had 4 green ’uns left to bag to finish the hectad so I drove over to the Rhins parked up and hopped on the mountain...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Ballantrae Bay

117 months ago
Ballantrae Bay
NX08 has 19 grid squares which are on the west coast of Scotland between Sawny Bean’s Cave in the north to Downan Point in the south. Most of the grids on the coast have a good show of land with the exception of NX0782 which has a small outcrop of tidal rocks outside Ballantrae Harbour and a bit of a shingle beach further south according to fellow Geographer Oliver Dixon. Offshore rocks at Ballantrae Photo in NX0782 ... and NX0885 which has a sliver of shingle...
bay ballantrae hectad bashed completing a hectad

The Taking of Beyond the Point

117 months ago
Beyond the Point of Lag - Back Bay
Following on from The Taking of the Last of the Machars on the 8th May 2011 it became clear that additional land had been sighted (land ahoy!) on the improved mapping now used by Geograph resulting in two new additional grid squares being added to NX33 LinkExternal link. NX3539 LinkExternal link and NX3638 LinkExternal link to outward appearances look to be “all at sea” however closer inspection of OS 1:25000 mapping...
rocks shorleline coast machars completing a hectad

The Taking of the Last of the Machars

117 months ago
The Machars also known as the Plains of Galloway is a peninsula in South West Scotland roughly extending from Glenluce in the west to Newton Stewart in the east and all points south of the A75 to the Isle of Whithorn. The word is derived from the Gaelic word Machair meaning low lying or level land. Although there are no high peaks in the Machars, it is not flat and would best be described as undulating or rolling. The North Atlantic Drift or Gulf Stream creates a mild climate in which...
machars shoreline coast bay view cliffs completing a hectad

The Re-Taking of NX35 with Wood Hill

118 months ago
Wood Hill
Although I claimed the bashing of NX35 LinkExternal link in January this year, when I checked the grid squares, one of them had been completed in the early days of Geograph (2005) and a first agreed for a shot of Wood Hill in NX3755 LinkExternal link (Subject) taken from the Torhouse Stones in NX3856 LinkExternal link (Photographer) which I raised as a query. Lo and behold it became green again so off I trotted on the...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Graddoch Burn

118 months ago
Graddoch Burn
After capturing some difficult firsts to complete two hectads this year so far, the challenge just got a wee bit harder for my next completed hectad NX46 LinkExternal link. Photo There are several routes into this grid square and I decided to take in a long circular walk to get here. Starting at the car park near Cairnsmore Stables and following the path to the top of Cairnsmore of Fleet, the route back down was via a cairn on the Knee of Cairnsmore and...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Craigeach Moor

118 months ago
Cairn on Craigeach Moor
... and after a short pause of two weeks Andy bounces back with another competed hectad NX35 LinkExternal link ... is there no stopping this 2011 hectad bagging onslaught? Photo Probably yes, they just seem to be getting harder and harder for me. In order to complete this hectad two firsts were required both on Craigeach Moor in NX3455 LinkExternal link and NX3355 LinkExternal link. After getting permission...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Inch and Clone

118 months ago
Clone Point
The sublime and the ridiculous. It's not very often that I get welcomed to an elite class/club by a Grandturzel and invited to make a contribution to a discussion thread (as Groucho Marx said "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" or perhaps "I have a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it") but I digress. So hectad finishers, my first completed hectad has already been documented on the 18th May 2010 for NX44 LinkExternal link...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Rig of Barnharrow 1 to 6

118 months ago
Rig of Barnharrow
This picture taken at the Rig of Barnharrow was the last shot in a series of six different grid squares to bash the hectad NX36 on the 7th April 2011 As hectad bashing goes NX36 LinkExternal link wasn't too arduous to complete, six remaining grids in the hectad started with the bagging of: East Culvennan Photo in NX3065 LinkExternal link - I had quite a few miles and grids to cover on this road trip so drove down to this one which is...
completing a hectad

The Taking of Knock Moss 1 to 8

120 months ago
Knock Moss
This picture of Knock Moss Photo was taken in the last grid square at the end of a 7 hour walk to bag a total of 8 grid squares around Knock Moss and bash the NX25 hectad. A plan (kept secret of course from fellow bashers) to capture NX25 LinkExternal link started in September 2010 with the bagging of: Black Cairn Photo in NX4252 LinkExternal link - A 2km MTB ride and walk uphill from the A747 on the coast at Auchenmalg past...
completing a hectad

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