Sunday, 28 February 2016

Lakes weekend

The forecast for this weekend was for an amazing high pressure system.
We didn't get a good start from work on Friday for a Scottish weekend so we headed over to the lakes. 
We were staying on Braithwaite campsite so we decided to do the Coledale round. 
From Sail looking across to Eel Crags. Not much snow. 
 Coming off Eel Crags before heading up on to Grasmoor.
More grey cloud pushing in and the temperature is dropping :)
 Looking back to Grasmoor from half way up Hopegill Head
 From Hopegill Head looking across to Grisedale Pike
 Very grey looking to the east
Unfortunately the light was very flat for photos. 
It was freezing all day, descending Grisedale Pike the cold easterly picked up a little and the temperature dropped even more :(. 
But A brilliant day out.
 Back to our VW camper van for tea and cake :)
The saturday night Sky was amazing  :)
Sunday was much brighter, we wanted to do a run so opted for a run around Derwent water perfect.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Planning cycling holiday 2016

 Last week we started to plan our summer 2016 cycling holiday.
Last year the weather was really awful it rained every day and it was extremely windy.
We had hoped to find some B & B accommodation on route, just to spell the nights in our tent.
 How ever the accommodation in the Western Isles is very limited and was already full :(.

So this year we have planned our route  (Mainland Scotland) and already booked a couple of strategic nights in B & B.
We have booked the last double room in one village !!.
So hoping for better weather however we are not really worried if it rains every day,
 we are going to have a cracking holiday.
 I am already excited :) 
Only 4 months to wait.

Valentine"s day run

Guess who fell into a muddy mud puddle Hahahah :( 

Friday, 12 February 2016

I like Hedgehope Hill It is a canny little Hill

 Coming home on the Metro yesterday I caught a quick glimpse of  Cheviot looking snowy and very inviting.
I was straight home to check out the MWIS forecast. 
Day off today for me,  Team Mike was working.
My original thought was a day out on Cheviot.
I was concerned about getting into Langleeford on the frosty and icy road.
Plan B was Ingram Valley and Hedgehope Hill.
So this morning I was up with the extreme lark ( Team M, I am just a Lark) and on my way.
The road in to Ingram was more icy than I expected.
 A little bit more cloud then forecast but very little wind. 
 A hint of blue sky but it didn't come to anything.
Beautiful Frosty cairn
 Summit photo just to prove I was there :) 
 I had planned to walk west from Hedgehope to Comb Fell then along to Coldlaw Cairn and back along Shielcleugh Edge back to Linhope.
Big mistake !!
The snow covered the icy bogs, the icy bogs looked frozen but were not frozen enough to hold any weight.
So loads of effort and not much gain and wet feet !
I turned back and retraced by footsteps back up Hedgehope. 
And still nobody else about.
 Back at the cairn
 Looking west
 Mr fox
 Not sure what this little creature is or was 
Keith do you know ?
 Spring back in Linhope