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A week in the Uig hills - Part 2
by petelynn » Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:11 am
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cracabhal (Lewis), Mealaisbhal (Lewis)
Date walked: 03/06/2015
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 12 km
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I parked at the north end of Breanais and walked up the old peat road until it petered out then headed across the boggy ground towards the N end of Mealaisbhal skirting loch Sanndabhlat.
A steady climb over grass and rock slabs led to the increasingly bouldery minor top at 460m with great views.
Then just a matter of picking a way through the boulders up to the summit of Mealaisbhal. The view to the SE now showed the route over to Cracabhal and the Harris hills beyond.
Cloud came down in a brief shower as I descended to the col between Mealaisbhal and Cracabhal. The words in Richard Barrett's 'Walking in Harris and Lewis' formed a debate in my head as I made my way down to the col. 'Ascending the steeper rock on the north face of Cracabhal looks more difficult than it actually is but if you're inexperienced and lack confidence in moving on steeper ground ...'. The thought of a detour and never knowing whether it was easier than it looked meant I finally resolved to go straight up.
And it was easier than it looked. The grassy bits, sodden and slippery with peat were worse than the rocky bits. I wouldn't have wanted to come down this way and there was no space to stop for photos. But twenty minutes later I was up and a bit relieved, a bit pleased with myself. Then it was on to Laibheal a Tuath and back to the road by a similar route to the Grimobhal walk.
On my way down I saw a couple of mountain hares, one still in the process of moulting its white winter coat, a couple of red grouse, noisy greenshank and grey plover and, rarest of all a person. This turned out to be a lady from Essex just moved to Breanais and hoping to convert a stone barn to a hostel.
I didn't get to climb anymore of the Uig hills in my weeks stormy weather but I'll post a final report on a couple of low level walks.
by Alteknacker » Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:23 pm
by petelynn » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:06 am
by Mal Grey » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:19 am
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