Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Friday, 27 May 2022
Thursday, 26 May 2022
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Today's two hour drive from Thornbank Cottage in Braemar to the Park Hotel in Montrose was punctuated by a two hour break in Drumoak by way of a surprise visit to Bill and Sal, who we thank for providing an excellent lunch. It was great to see them and we hope their imminent new kitchen looks as good in real life as it does pictured on Bill's phone.
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Monday, 23 May 2022
Another bike ride took us past a family of hares near Mar Lodge then up Glen Quoich to the foot of a gentle climb to the North Top of Beinn a Bhuird, one of Sue's hitherto unclimbed Munros.
Sunday, 22 May 2022
Saturday, 21 May 2022
Thursday, 19 May 2022
This was another 'Cicerone Lancashire' walk before exercising Oscar - see previous posting.
There's plenty of free parking in the centre of Accrington, from where I soon found my way to St James's church and some smart memorial benches and a plaque.
Mark Sutcliffe's route description is a bit vague, but it's easy enough to locate Burnley Road, which I joined outside the Broadway pub.
An underpass saw me safely across the busy A56 road. I saw nobody until after I'd re-crossed the road a couple of hours later.
Looking back to the stile, I should have proceeded half right, to take a path to the north of Moleside Moor.
Instead, I took an obvious path that skirted the southern slopes of Moleside Moor and rejoined Mark's route at the start of a very boggy, pathless, ascent of Great Hameldon Hill (409 metres).
Soon I turned left down a bridleway reminiscent of the Pennine Bridleway. The cobbles really do encourage the use of a bike with full suspension if you were to cycle along here.
Mark's route describes using a footpath through Laund Clough woodland. There are two paths off Southwood Drive to choose from, the one on the left is the one intended to be used, the one on the right, signed 'Laund Clough' is the one I took. It's a lovely section of woodland, from which I exited and found my way up to the Art Gallery.