The first walk in a while due to more important things to do at weekends and back pain in-between times. Weather was cloudy at first but really warm.
Iain was offered to come along but he had been working until early morning, so it was just me and Jas.
1st hill was Auchterhouse Hill where we met three mountain bikers. On leaving we met a woman walking her brown Cocker Spaniel. She had only had him 4.5 months and this was his 1st hill. Onward to Balluderon Hill where there three young lads accompanied by a man and woman who were given them instruction. Can only thin that they were doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. My left foot started playing up on the way to the top of this hill just decided to give Craigowl hill a miss.
I took the long path East down and my foot was OK, so would have been OK to do Craigowl!
Another outing to the Sidlaws. Saturdays weather was horrendous with mostly very heavy rain and wind in Forfar, but snow elsewhere. The intended walk was to be the Airlie Monument, but saw so much snow behind Forfar when I was leaving to collect Iain that I thought it wise to avoid any snowy roads.
On arrival, the Balkello car park was like sheet ice – the sun was out and probabljy causing the glaze over the snow.
Once we hit the hills, the snow that was lying in the paths/tracks was mostly turning slushy, although some places were harder snow and slippy, and made for very difficult walking.
We only done Auchterhouse Hill & Balluderon Hill then back to the car but all in the snowy walk I feel was more physically challenging than doing all 3 tops in good weather.
Iain back from Glasgow and staying with mum. He asked if I still go hill-walking – not near as much as I would like to I’d replied! We arranged an afternoon walk up the Sidlaws, starting at Auchterhouse Hill, walking over Balkello to Craigowl.
A funny day weatherwise, starting grey then getting dark with the sun starting to poke though the clouds as we were heading back to car. It was windy all through the walk. It Stayed dry though, whihc was the main thing.
After dropping off Craigowl heading to car park, we had to cross a field of cows. Jas was a bit wary, an there was a young calf in the field with a mother looking a bit nervous with us peeps barging through their home, so we took a wide berth.