Another decent autumn day presented us with a chance to get out and climb a hill with our 9 year old. Despite descriptions of boggy underfoot conditions, I hoped the attraction of fishing at the top of a mountain and a relatively short route would make for an enjoyable trip for all involved.
We found the parking area without problem and set off along the faint and slightly overgrown path which was tough going for small legs. The slightly boggier areas before the start of the main climb shouldn't really have caused much of a problem, but Magnus seemed to be having a bad day and was particularly fearful of getting his feet wet - of course, as bad luck would have it, he managed to step in water over his ankle and wasn't too happy.
Further up, the ground dried up a bit and some great views opened out as we reached the top and found the fish.
The wind had really started to pick up so we didn't stay too long before heading back. We tried following the fence line all the way to the road to see if that was any drier - there wasn't much in it.
Still, a good day out and nice to pick up another wee hill and trig point. And the post-walk sausage rolls at JG Ross in Alford hit the spot!
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