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An extreme lockdown walk

Please read to the end before passing judgement... :wink: More than eight weeks of lockdown had passed. Eight weeks of urban walks, getting excited by the normally mundane. Wildlife - a pigeon. A sea view - between tower blocks. A hill - well, a molehill at least. We needed something different. One ...
by denfinella
Tue May 26, 2020 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: An extreme lockdown walk
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Re: 5 mile "advice"

I agree with Dave above. The government's route map published last week referred to traveling / driving "broadly 5 miles", if you couldn't walk or cycle there. Seems pretty clear to me that "broadly 5 miles" means that 6 or 7 miles would be fine if there was a particular reason i...
by denfinella
Mon May 25, 2020 9:26 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 5 mile "advice"
Replies: 40
Views: 3440

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

CharlesT wrote:Yes. Juvenile Starling.


Thanks Charles!
by denfinella
Sun May 24, 2020 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

From the sounds of things you are on the same side of town as us. Theres often a kestrel hunting in the waste ground opposite ikea. We also got a visit from a large flock of starlings this morning. Not seen so many in years. A bit far out for us (we have got up that way on one occasion). We haven't...
by denfinella
Fri May 22, 2020 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627

Re: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality

Sunset tripper wrote:I think if you stay in Fife you should be able to go hill walking in the whole of Fife and someone in Inverness should be able to go hill walking in the whole of Inverness-shire.


:lol: Unlucky if you live in Clackmannanshire.
by denfinella
Fri May 22, 2020 7:40 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality
Replies: 30
Views: 2297

Re: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality

Caithness? Really? That's a lovely part of the world. Ok, do no huge hills or mountains, but some lovely landscapes and a gorgeous coastline Caithness is lovely, but if you were in the very flat interior you might be >5 miles from the coast. Also, because it's sparsely populated, there aren't many ...
by denfinella
Fri May 22, 2020 5:16 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality
Replies: 30
Views: 2297

Re: Location help

Two places spring to mind: Ettrickdale and Straiton (the Ayrshire one). Though I haven't even been to Ettrickdale so no idea why I thought of it. Really though it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Speculating massively, if the people in the first photo are walkers, and facing forwards, it's...
by denfinella
Fri May 22, 2020 12:01 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Location help
Replies: 30
Views: 2621

Re: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality

Best Place Arran Worst place Oban Ooooh yes, Arran is a good suggestion. Brodick would put you within 5 miles of proper hills, coastline, forest, a nice village, waterfalls and early history sites. And it's a touristy area so there are lots of paths. Oban as the worst place - that's a bit harsh! Wo...
by denfinella
Thu May 21, 2020 10:28 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality
Replies: 30
Views: 2297

Re: Stay at home

The law in Scotland did not restrict exercise to once a day or restrict driving locally for exercise so the new phase 2 is little different from what we have just now in that regard. Hopefully the new rules will be clarified soon as even the police, in some areas, struggled with understanding the C...
by denfinella
Thu May 21, 2020 7:22 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 33756

Re: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality

For me: 1. 5 miles from my house gives me access to pretty much all of Edinburgh (including Arthur's Seat), a bit of coastline and the northern end of the Pentland Hills. So not too bad really. 2. Best spots: Aviemore or Callander perhaps? 3. Worst spots: Kilmarnock perhaps? Or maybe somewhere in th...
by denfinella
Thu May 21, 2020 4:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality
Replies: 30
Views: 2297

5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality

OK, this is a bit of fun, and perhaps the 5 mile radius won't be a rule in the end, but if you were only allowed to exercise in a 5 mile radius... 1. What options would you have from your own home? 2. Where would the best place in Scotland be to live? :-D 3. Where would the worst place in Scotland b...
by denfinella
Thu May 21, 2020 4:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 5 mile radius - best & worst places to live vs. reality
Replies: 30
Views: 2297

Re: Stay at home

Sad now. 5 miles around Irvine really sucks lol. Not ideal from a hillwalking perspective, but it's the same for the majority of the Scottish population. Look at the positives - 5 miles from Irvine still gives you access to the plenty of coastline and beaches, riverside and woodland walks, a countr...
by denfinella
Thu May 21, 2020 4:28 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 33756

Re: Stay at home

Here's my interpretation, taking the Leisure and Getting Around sections of the new guidance together: Lockdown: don't drive to exercise, i.e. walking should be from your front door. Stage 1: driving roughly 5 miles to get to a walk is OK, if it's not possible to walk or cycle there. Stage 2: remain...
by denfinella
Thu May 21, 2020 2:42 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 33756

Re: Drumcarrow Craig in Lockdown

Lovely report, and any hill at all is an achievement within lockdown restrictions! :)

Happy birthday.
by denfinella
Wed May 20, 2020 12:21 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Drumcarrow Craig in Lockdown
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Odd colouring, but if was right size and shape for a wren, there's not much in the way of other options. Thanks. I asked a non-WH friend and they thought the same. It's been a very interesting experience to note all the little changes that spring has brought to the local area, which I would have no...
by denfinella
Sat May 16, 2020 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2627
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