Weather: dreich, with occasional shafts of sunshine. Rain/snow for about 60% of our walk time.
Chosen as a close-to-home short re-introduction for my walking partner, who is not fit and not young, but who has done lots of walking in the past. Perhaps not the best choice: it's really bloody steep, all the way up. And, as predicted by the person reading the outdoor weather forecast on the radio, the rain fell as snow above 500m. Huge, silent flakes of snow which did eventually lie. It was also utterly still, not a puff of wind, so the rain/snow fell vertically, rather than the more usual horizontally. A bit eerie, especially with the hares (might have been rabbits, and there might only have been one) appearing in different places all around, checking up on us.
So a steep path, but easy to follow, even when you leave the track and go up the hill proper. Twice we nearly gave up because the snow got heavy, but all of a sudden you finish the up bit, and are doing the accross to the cairn. Snow, so not much view, but we got to the top, and back to the car, in one piece, so a good day over all. And that walking partner has agreed to do another one.
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Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.