Last week we had a few days in the Highlands, we based ourselves in Dornie at our favourite B&B and had the intention of climbing some mountains. Sadly on 2 of the days the weather was wet and cloud was low so we settled for lower levels walks instead.
On day 1 of our holiday we headed to Skye in search of slightly less rain, and chose a walk from Isle of Skye: 40 Coast and Country Walks. Starting at Portree we did the Scorrybreac circuit in some rain and lots of wind (waterproof trousers were needed).
The walk is fairly straightforward and there’s guidance here https://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/top-ten-skye-walks/scorrybreac although it took us a lot longer than the 45 minutes suggested, more like 2 hours when we included a lunch break and some photo stops.
Despite the rain the cloud lifted at times for some nice views
View from our lunch spot at Pam’s View
View from our lunch spot at Pam’s View
We travelled to Skye by CityLink buses, booking a seat is advised as the buses get very busy.
There are not been time this year for any proper long walks, instead our time has been taken up with family events. But we have had a few opportunities to sneak in wee walks, here’s a few photos to prove it.
Around Mellor and Clitheroe, Lancashire
Stow, The Borders
Coldrum Stones, near Trottiscliffe, Kent
We have plans for a few days in the Highlands in September so fingers crossed the weather is good and we can get out into the mountains, it’s been too long.
Away back in September we had a lovely week’s holiday in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We had a couple of days in the town itself to explore the castle and historic streets and also just to relax and read in the cottage. The rest of the week was spent walking of course!
Our first walk started at Jervaulx Abbey, we didn’t spend long here, just a quick wander and few photos
From here we briefly went along the A6108 and then down a farm track to a footpath along the south bank of the River Ure, we headed west. Just before Cover Bridge, the River Cover joins the Ure and the walked switched to the bank of the Cover. We’d had lunch on bench under the trees watching the river race by but still popped into the Cover Bridge Hotel for a drink and to use the loos!
The walk is easy to follow as it goes along the river, however we did go slightly wrong attempting to head away from the river, north to Middleham Low Moor, after completely losing the path we eventually found our way along the edges of a few fields and onto a road at the the edge of the gallops on the moor. We headed uphill for views of the Dale and of Middleham Castle. Sadly we were far too late in the day to see any racehorses on the gallops.
Then it was downhill into Middleham with time for a cup of tea before our bus back to Richmond.
Whilst we enjoyed this walk, we were annoyed at the signage giving out at a crucial point, we were supposed to be following the Three Dales Way but it didn’t seem to be that heavily used. As always we had an Ordnance Survey map but the paths shown on it didn’t quite correspond to the paths on the ground, we were never lost, going in the right direction just not on the path! We also felt the section along the river while very pleasant could have been anywhere, it wasn’t until we got up onto the gallops that we could see typical Dales scenery. Next time we’re in the area we will make sure to have time to visit the castle too, it looks very interesting.
What to with an unexpetedly blank Monday? Well go for a walk of course! The weather forecast was for a cloudy day so we decided to stay low and choose the River Tweed Walk, route 4 from the Paths Around Peebles leaflet we picked up in the Peebles tourist information last year. The walk starts in Hay Lodge Park in Peebles and heads west along the North bank of the river on a mixture of paths and an old railway. It’s all nice easy walking and quite flat. There are some nice views of the river and of Neidpath Castle.
The walk continues on the north bank until Lyne Station where you cross the river on a footbridge and return on the south bank. This leg starts through the grounds of Barns Tower and Barns House
The next landmark is Manor Bridge and the Old Manor Brig, the walk crosses both of these and then heads uphill to a viewpoint over the valley
From here it’s through the woods back to Peebles
A lovely 7 mile walk and we enjoyed seeing the first signs of autumn
After two lovely days exploring Cambridge we decided that we needed to escape the crowds and explore the wider area. On the advice of a local we decided to walk along the River Cam to Grantchester (thanks Celine, it was lovely).
We had spent the morning at the Polar Museum so our walk started at The Fen Causeway and then down to Sheep’s Green and Lammas Land where we joined the path along the Cam. First through woods, them some houses and onto Grantchester Meadows
Despite families picknicking and students cycling past we did spot some wildlife
On reaching Grantchester we headed for the Orchard Tea Garden for tea and cake under the trees, delicious.
Mr Lmrlib had spotted something intriguing on the Ordnance Survey map, a travelling telescope, so of course we had to continue our walk to find out what it is. I’m not really any the wiser except it’s something to do with the university and involves big dishes!
I did enjoy walking through the fields though, lots of wildflowers and butterflies
On our return journey it was good to see others out enjoying the river
After visiting Mr Lmrlib’s mum in Kent we had a short city break in Cambridge, not ideal for random acts of wildness. However I did spot a wildflower garden,
I added some nature books to my “want to read” list after our visit to Heffers bookshop.
And Cambridge is a very green city with lovely trees and flowers for me to photograph
Another lovely sunny holiday day. Today we took Mr Lmrlib’s mum out to the supermarket and instead of taking the bus both ways Mr Lmrlib did a heroic job of pushing the wheelchair on the rough paths around Leybourne Lakes
Sadly the birds were all hiding from us but I did see a nice bee
And I think I deserve extra 30 Days Wild points for this huge insect bite!