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Snowy wander

Snowy wander

Postby Jaxter » Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:02 pm

Date walked: 30/01/2021

Time taken: 3.05 hours

Distance: 13.38 km

Ascent: 202m

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It was cold, there was lots of snow and I was feeling rubbish but not as rubbish as sometimes, so we decided to do a walk that Malky had been suggesting for a while but I'd never really felt up to. It was an absolutely stunning day and despite the freezing temperatures, the sun made it relatively warm as we walked up the hill behind the house.

We were far more familiar with cycling up this hill than walking it, so it felt like it went on forever - but as the gradient eased as we came towards the top of the steepest bit, the fields opened out and it felt like PROPER WINTER 8)

Further along the road

Carn a' Bhodaich above Loch Ness

We stopped for a short breather as I was shattered, but also to enjoy the views (and for Malky to show off his new bobble hat 8) )

We took the track just before Drumashie Farm which thankfully was gently downhill and had had a tractor or two along it to make it good snow for walking on (despite this, Malky nearly went flying a couple of times :lol: )

As we headed into the trees there had definitely been less traffic, but a couple of bikes (either very fat-tyred mountain bikes or something motorised) had been through.

Snowy woods

A break in the trees gave us a glimpse across the end of Loch Ness

Looking back, the sun was preparing to do nice things....

Miles to go - Cullaird; the buildings just in front of the trees, were our next aim....

There were lots of tracks criss-crossing but for once we made our way through unscathed :lol:

As we dropped lower, so did the sun 8)

Beautiful early evening colours



As we dropped lower, the ground became less snowy and more muddy but with plenty of ice to watch out for! Soon we were approaching Cullaird buildings and the sun was having a final hurrah 8)

From here we headed into the woods and followed some very muddy paths interspersed with frozen lochans

We then reached the road and had about 3km to walk back home - it felt like an eternity and I thought I was going to need a carry home :lol: But a beautiful day out in the snow!

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Re: Snowy wander

Postby Robertgee » Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:45 pm

Looks like a nice walk. Lovely snow scenery photos. :clap:
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Re: Snowy wander

Postby dogplodder » Fri Jan 28, 2022 2:21 pm

That looks a nice local wander but would lack the magical aspect without the white stuff we've been missing this winter! 8)
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Re: Snowy wander

Postby Mal Grey » Fri Jan 28, 2022 7:52 pm

Beautiful. I think a lot of folk are desperate to see some of the white stuff this year!
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Re: Snowy wander

Postby Fife Flyer » Fri Jan 28, 2022 8:41 pm

Well done Jackie for getting out, hats off to you and good to see some snow at low level.
I presume you struggle more ascending?
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