Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Sunday 19 May 2024

Sunday 19 May 2024 - Craig Leek

Wild pansies grow near our front door.

After breakfast Sue, Simon and I drove to the nearby Keiloch car park (£3.50) and set off on a circuit around Craig Leek, a modest 635 metre summit. 

Soon we passed a sculpture reminiscent of Henry Moore.

A suitable spot for elevenses sported a fine view.

After a while, we took a narrow path to the 635 metre summit.


My selfie was not altogether successful!

Here's Sue, returning to the track around the hill. Despite it being a rather grey day we got good views over to Morrone, though the Lochnagar and Ben Avon peaks were mostly draped in cloud.

Towards the end of our outing we passed this pretty estate building. It looked almost empty inside - perhaps a lunch hut for estate workers? (See comments - used by Girl Guides.)

A very docile toad narrowly missed being trampled.

Here's our route - about 10km with 350 metres ascent. We were home by 2pm ish after being out for around three hours.

Later, and I'm afraid the evidence was eaten before the camera came out, a visit to the Co-op was rewarded with three huge cream cakes (they didn't fit into the boxes). It took a moment for me to realise they were being given away - until I understood my error, the shop assistant seemed quite upset that I didn't want any cakes. They were delicious. Apparently they had been over ordered for a function and needed to be given away to avoid wastage. (I missed a trick here - should have taken a big bag of them to Challengers on the campsite.)


Sir Hugh said...

"...perhaps a lunch hut for estate workers?" I think they probably sat on the grass outside while the landed gentry were served inside?

As always, super country that can be enjoyed without hitting the high tops. BC and I some time ago walked all Wainwright's Outlying Fells and for me that was more rewarding than joining the masses in the central Lakes.

AlanR said...

Great weather you are having. The little white cottage is a private bothy used as a base camping place for Girl Guides, if you can use that term these days, so Google says.

Phreerunner said...

Yes, we had great weather. Sue knocked off a load of her 'missing Munros'!
We didn't see any girl guides, though that use of the white cottage does make sense, particularly in the midge season.