Well this was the first hill walk of 2022, an enjoyable and not very taxing way to get the legs working again after the holidays! The question in my mind is can I continue at this rate and do 52 hills in 2022?
Having read other walk reports we decided to start in "downtown" Nigg to make the walk a bit longer. We parked in the driveway for the old Nigg Church, where there was plenty of room for a couple of cars. We followed the road up the hill around a couple of bends and then turned off to the NE on a corner at a clearly marked footpath sign. Going through the woods on the footpath was very muddy and squelchy underfoot and in numerous places there were broom and gorse bushes that had to be "pushed through" as they were leaning across the path. At the top of the wood we went in a general SE direction crossing open fields towards the summit.
One note of caution to other dog owners, the fields are clearly a roosting place for flocks of canadian geese. The fields were well covered with bird poop, which meant that Dill couldn't be off the lead otherwise we would still be up there as he sampled the smorgasbord of delights!
As we got to the top of the hill, much to my dread we came across a few cows! Having had a bad interaction with cows and dogs in the past, I am quite a feartie when it comes to cows. So our stop at the top was a very brief one just to get a photo and make a rapid retreat in the direction we came up, away from the beasts!
We then decided rather than retracing our steps completely and having to go back through the muddy woods, we went straight down the hill to the road and back to Nigg
Not the most inspiring of hills, but good to get the legs working again!
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