Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Thursday 23 May 2013 -TGO Challenge Day 14 - Pennan Bay to Frazerburgh

Route: as planned apart from avoidance of some off road sections where I may not have been welcomed

See http:/www.topwalks.com/tgoc2013.html Day 14 for map

Distance: 20 km (Cum 370 km - 230 miles)

Ascent: 300 metres (Cum 10450)

Time taken: 3.9 hrs including 0.25 hrs stops

Weather: sunny periods, cold wind, seriously strong

Challengers encountered: 'Lilo' Pete Varley at the end (pictured); no other walkers were seen (as on most of the entire two week walk)

Total tally of Challengers seen since starting at Plockton:  5

We enjoyed Lilo's company last night. Unfortunately there was no room for him at the inn so he went off looking for B&Bs. The 'bad news', he reported, was that they were full. The good news: a passing dog walker had offered him a bed...

Research occurred.  Without wishing to cast aspersions on any of Pennan Bay's worthy residents, the chef kindly pointed dear Pete in the direction of a camping spot he had already sussed.

The bed at Pennan Bay Hotel was very comfy. This is the location where the film 'Local Hero' was shot.

I waited, after an excellent breakfast, until 9 o'clock for Lilo to turn up. He didn't. He had set off at 7.30 after a disturbed night. The strong wind had changed direction and become a gale.

Today the wind dominated. Even in the quiet country lanes every gust had the roar of an approaching juggernaut. 

It was a blustery endurance test to reach Frazerburgh. I chose to travel by roads. Down by the north coast eider ducks and seagulls bobbed on the waves. The smell of rotting seaweed and mouthfuls of sand were the reward for getting close to the sea.

Eventually, on the outskirts of Frazerburgh, Sue appeared and walked with me to the lighthouse museum. Reunited with Lilo, and pleased to be finished, we enjoyed tea and cake in the café before departing for Montrose for signing in and partying...

Sent from after the end of the TGO Challenge

5 comments:

Eddie said...

Well done Martin on another completed challenge and enjoyable blog, Weather today in Bridge of Gaur was wind/rain/snow/hail and more wind but on a plus point no midgee's !! Enjoy the party. Eddie,Heather,Thomas and Jaydee

Dot said...

Congratulations on a successful TGO challenge. Some of your journey and the weather sounded somewhat iffy. Well done Martin. Hope you enjoyed the celebrations with Sue and wish you both well for the Fun Run - hope the knees last out. I wonder if you will have a 'rest' before next weekend. R & C say hello. Love to you and the rest of the family. Mum

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Dot
Iffy weather, but another good TGOC experience, and the run went unexpectedly quickly...

Heather T-S said...

Enjoyed your report although not able to read all of it in one! Have a great trip away & hope to catch up on return!

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Heather
That's a very polite way of saying it was too wordy!
Have a good summer yourself, and we hope to see you August/September time.
M & S