Friday, 30 December 2016

On Wednesday 21st Dec. eight hardy members of the Biggar Ramblers turned out for the advertised 'short winter hill walk'. It was only four and half miles but it certainly lived up to its winter billing.

Setting off from the walkers car park at Broughton Place straight up onto the ridge was quite a strenuous start. The weather was nice at this point but on striking out on a spur to Trahenna there was a sudden dramatic deterioration as the group were engulfed by a blizzard! Once back onto the main route the wind was behind and the conditions eased. Just before the summit of the Hammerhead there is a cozy little depression and they hunkered down for 'elevenses' and even a little festive nip of John's sloe gin! The views had returned. It is an excellent vantage point overlooking the surrounding hills. Once fortified, the group tackled the steep descent through heather onto the John Buchan Way. They followed this along the pass through the hills back to the cars. Overall a very enjoyable pre-Christmas leg stretch in great company. Everyone is looking forward to continuing the programme in 2017.

The Ramblers always welcome new members and the listing of walks for January can be seen on the excellent Biggar Ramblers web site.