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.