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Sofa surfers, jeans & Irn Bru

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:54 pm
by Fife Flyer
The subject title describes "Tinto" on a lovely sunny Saturday :lol:
Decided to nip up Tinto on my way to see my parents, they reside in Cheshire, I always go via Biggar & as Tinto is hardly a stones throw from Biggar I thought a quick dash up Tinto would break up the journey & stretch the legs a bit :wink:

The car park is actually signposted on the A73 & it is fairly big by hill parking standards & there were plenty of cars when I arrived, so it was boots on & off we go 8)
Having said that I could have walked up in flip flops, may have taken a wee bit longer, but the path was very dry & stony to prevent erosion.
Tinto wouldn't be classed as my favourite walk, the views from the summit are how can we put it - typical borders terrain, rolling green hills & lots & lots of wind farms in just about every direction. I personally don't have a problem with wind farms but am yet to be convinced they are cost effective & really do make a difference to our energy usage. I daresay someone will have all the facts & figures :lol:

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A look back down the path to the car park

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A look up the path to the summit

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Windfarm to the NW

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A hazy view back to the start

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Rather strange shapes on the next hill in the heather!

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Another windfarm to the SE


And that just about sums up Tinto, if you want peace & quiet don't go on a sunny weekend, not my cup of tea :(

Re: Sofa surfers, jeans & Irn Bru

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:39 pm
by The Rodmiester
I don't think I will rush down to the Borders to do that one, and if I do will walk it either very early or very late on a weekday :) Pity you spent most of a cracking day in the car :(

Re: Sofa surfers, jeans & Irn Bru

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:04 pm
by laconic surf
Ach, i don't mind Tinto. But then i go up it in deepest winter - went up on new years day this year, just a few people about most who turn round when their trainers start sliding on the ice :lol: The views are nice when everything is white. Definitely best saved for winter :wink:

Re: Sofa surfers, jeans & Irn Bru

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:38 am
by GillC
Nice day for it,,,my only venture up Tinto culminated in a VERY windy top with no visibility whatsoever, just very low scudding clouds,,so the windfarms, while unseen, were probably whirling away merrily lol :lol:

Re: Sofa surfers, jeans & Irn Bru

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:16 am
by MG1976
Hi FF,
Regardless of the hill, the path, the crowds, the view, the farms (and that whole issue), you certainly got the weather right. After our little jolly together last month, i'm thinking "maybe it's you..."

Let's hope this trend continues for the "Kneeknocker" at the end of August.
Try and get some rubbish weather days in before then, just to balance things out. :wink:

M