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Broad Law


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
840 m (2755 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
106 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Broad rounded hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Broad Law is the most W of a range of hills lying to the N of the Talla and Megget Reservoirs. The broad rounded top lies at the intersection of three ridges which run S to Cairn Law (717m), SE to Lamb Knowe (662) and NNW to Great Knock (693m).

The slopes on this hill are generally easy but the crags of Polmood Craig lie only 850m NE of the summit. This hill can be accessed from the A701 road by track, starting from the bridge to Hearthstane (2.3km N of Tweedsmuir), but is more normally accessed from the S via Cairn Law.

Hazards you may encounter on Broad Law include
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Southern Uplands
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Broad Law.

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 Routes that include Broad Law
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 590 m 10.16 km 3.5 hrs Broad Law  Easy ascent on gently rounded crests of broad ridges of Broad Law. Good route for wet weather.  

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 Baggers Gallery for Broad Law

Broad Law: 11th March 2014

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

A pair of wellies would have been more suitable than my hiking boots for this hill. The marshy land was the only downside of an otherwise pleasant walk. Thanks to the two rocks holding my camera in place for my pic at the peak!

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White

Me atop Broad Law, 04/03/2010.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal

04/03/2010. My climbing companion at summit of Broad Law looking south to Lochcraig Head and White Coombe.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal
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allison mackay on 04 Dec 2017

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Nick Bulbeck
wrote on
September 10, 2014
The entire distance from Broad Law northwards to Pykestone Hill is actually easy underfoot - much of the Southern Uplands is, I have discovered this year, trackless bog. Well, today was a very honourable exception, anyway.
Gareth Pratt
wrote on
October 28, 2009
I climbed this hill on the 26th October 2009. It was my intention to climb the three Tweedsmuir Corbetts, but bad weather and bad luck conspired against me and I only managed to get Broad Law in the end. Never mind, it was a nice if short walk. I went up from the layby just the West of the Meggett Stone. From there it was a short steep haul onto the broad South ridge and then a simple meander to the top. The views were amazing all round. The Merrick range was visible as were many of the Munros to the north. I shall return to get Hart Fell & White Coombe another day!
Eileen Stark
wrote on
March 2, 2009
Did this one for the second time on 1/03/09. Started from Hearthstane farm A702. Long gradual uphill all the way. Intended descending via Great Knock to do a circular but were met by very heavy snow blizzard and complete white out so had to descend by upward route. Good day.
Mike Watson
wrote on
February 22, 2009
Can be part of the two summit day. Broad Law 1st followed by lunch at the cafe near the grey mares tail and then up White Coomb.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
July 18, 2008
Climbed with Alison on 17/7/08. A very straightforward ascent which involved handrailing a fence all the way to the summit. The rain rarely stopped but this did not spoil a fine, if short day out.

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