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Blackhope and bog?

Blackhope and bog?

Postby vixana » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:35 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Blackhope Scar

Donalds included on this walk: Blackhope Scar, Bowbeat Hill, Dundreich

Date walked: 08/11/2014

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Thought this would be a nice short(ish) walk for a winters day. Almost missed the informal parking area as the sign saying 'no parking beyond this point' seemed rather small for an early twilight morning. the look of the farmer we passed around 7am succinctly conveyed the idea 'nutters' :lol:
it started off as a nice straightforward walk along tracks while the day dawned properly. then a nice hill to get the lungs and legs warmed up, lots of photo opportunities on the way up :wink:
although we could see the mist covering the wind farm in the distance we had bright blue skies and a view for miles from Blackhope Scar until the mist began to creep ever closer, or maybe it was us that crept closer to the mist?
lunch was eaten on the metal steps under a wind turbine, unfortunately not going, a short diversion took us to Bowbeat Hill and the idea grew that we must find a working turbine, due to thick mist there was no visibility at all, so we stood in the mist and listened, 'shush' 'yes, that direction' walk, stop and repeat until a working turbine was found, standing under it whilst it was moving was quite an experience, i'm just glad it was only going slowly :shock:
one thing that did bother me about this walk from the wh description was the amount of times the words 'boggy' and/or 'soggy' were used! let me clarify, the bogginess and associated sogginess was usually only ankle deep and only once did i go in calf deep,
imho that's a relatively dry walk in the Border Donalds :lol:
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