Ma buddy GordonC had an appointment wi Dr Death at the dentist on the best forecast weather day this week, so Friday looked next best bet.
Rose to a pink dawn......enhanced by Maria's fine display of begonias in our back garden
It's possible to do this from the main A96 road, but being a lazy git, we drove round the back and hippocrtically drove up the Fannery road to Turbine No2 and a spacious park up.
A wee walk up the grassy hill through a double gate. Fortunately for us, the sheep were grazing on the other side of the hill so they didn't see us - or Harvey.
Hill of Broback
Parked up at the end of the road up to Birkenhill beside some smelly dustbins.
There was no gate into a cereal field that had been hairst'd, so we just walked up the stubble to the top - nae bother.
One the way back, we passed a trailer parked at the entrance to the field, and when I keeked over the side, discovered the source of the smell - some dead pigs waiting to be picked up by the knacker - presumably.
We quickly mounted up and escaped to Risque.
There is an alternative parkup opposite the entrance to Risque House. The fields around the house had horses grazing and E-fences, so we moved further along the road a wee bit.
Tried to find the path through the wood that leads to the track up this hill. - without success.
Parked in a layby beside a section of wooden fence, which we hopped over. Threaded our way through some broadleaf trees to the fence behind Risque house and found the grassy track leading up Tor hill. The track was overhung by trees initially, which we didn't object to, as it had begun to rain.
Followed the track to where it changed direction, which necessitated a juke through some pines to pick up the fresh track.
The track opened out a bit at the top where some broadleaf trees had been planted. Wandered around to find a high point in the wet grass,thistles and nettles, then scurried back to the shelter of the pines and thence to the car.
Wishach and Corskie
We'd been here before on a previous Hump foray, so parked up in the rain.
Delayed our start for a bit by having early lunch to allow the rain to mitigate somewhat.
In the end we got bored and tooled up.
Just by the gate across the track to the NE,we spotted a path disappearing into the forest - uphill. After a few paces into the trees, we found ourselves on a dogwalkers path going straight up Wishach - bonus. Just before it reached to top of the forest, it turned around and headed back downhill - obviously to avoid windfall ahead. We plugged on up a faint mossy animal track to emerge beside some of the rock outcrops.
A bit of moose-stepping through the heather saw us on the summit area - in the clag. We wandered around testing a few prominences until we were satisfied we were at the top, but didn't tarry.
We ploughed on along the ridge until we reached the clearfell to the south, then followed an old planting track where the young trees abutted the heather, until we stopped to review our position.
I mentioned that I'd seen a forwarder track descending somewhere ahead. Five paces on - hey presto - a forwarder track leading us down to the main track along the S side of the hill. What epic ( lucky) naving ! Down on to the track along to a "concordia" junction then on to Corskie.
Wandered around the Comms site to "walk the spot" then settled down on the terminal building steps under an abandoned swallows nest - stuck to the wall with a lot of swallow spit !
A quick snack, then back along the track past a heap of horse manure annointed by a supporting dog - nature's ways, eh !
The clag began to clear when we arrived at Corskie and the sun broke through on the way back to the car, which raised our spirits markedly. A great end to the day !
We contrived to return via Alford for our - now traditional - coffee stop on the way home.
Another grand day.......
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