The Grey Mare's Tail

Grey Mare's Tail in winter. The Grey Mare's Tail waterfall is the centre piece of the 2,000 acre Scottish National Trust Go to another site property which also includes Loch Skeen Tucked away in the north east corner of Dumfriesshire is the Grey Mare's Tail. Go to another site By international standards the volume of water flowing is not great, nor is the drop of 60 metres far, although it does make it among the longest in Scotland. The place is both quietly inspiring, and also offers visitors a classic example of a hanging valley: during the ice age the side valley, coming from Loch Skeen, was left stranded by the deeper gouging of the main Moffat Water Valley. Grey Mare's Tail in Spring. Ice and snow decorate the fall in winter; here colour almost gone Ice on the Grey mare's tail. In Spring the hillsides are verdant and lush owing to the humid, sheltered nature of the place Grey Mare's tail in autumn. The fall in full autumn flow Grey Mare's Tail in late summer. The waterfall in its context with fine soft light picking up the heather of late summer. An innocent view which belies the risks of such places. Inexperienced visitors on the path (across the hillside to the right) do not allow for the vertical drop below the steep slope, they unthinkingly try to traverse, to the head of the waterfall. Two deaths in the last few years testify to this naivety. Grey Mare's Tail full. Two views of the fall after... Grey Mare's Tail with little water. ...and (less common!) before rain Craigs above the waterfall. The craigs above the fall where peregrines nest; the path to Loch Skeen runs across the bottom of the picture The heather in bloom. Below the craigs heather... Family of goats browsing. ...and goats grazing Man sculling. The ferrel goat population of the area probably established itself some two hundred years ago Tail Burn and footbridge. The Tail Burn below the waterfall Heather flowers. Heather flowers Rock and burn. The Tail Burn with mossed rock Water foaming. The Tail Burn's boisterous performance in the sun and... Tail Burn frozen with icicles. winter icicles reach for the flat water Path and car park. The path above the waterfall points towards the Tailburn Bridge, just visible, half a mile below Waterfall in ice and snow. A small side burn with ice and snow The carpark area by the road. The Tail Burn passes under the road between Moffat and Selkirk Mirk Side opposite the waterfall. More soft morning light, this time looking across the Moffat Water Valley from near the Grey Mare's tail to Mirk Side Steps on the hillside by the waterfall. The steps, which aid walkers going to Loch Skeen, also protect the ground from the erosion caused by some 50,000 people each year. The path to the lower viewpoint (bottom left) is sharpened in the morning sunlight The next page takes you on down into Moffat Water where the Tail Burn has become part of the river leading to the town of that name. Moffat Water in Autumn. line
Saturday 9th September 2017 Murphy on duty

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