Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Wards of Muckle Roe and Roda Geo

My walking buddy and sailing mentor Tom (and his dog Teddy) are leaving Shetland so we arranged for one last walk before he goes. As luck would have it the weather was a little challenging with 35kt winds gusting to 55kts according to the forecast, mixed with a little rain. Still is wasn't cold. 

We met up and headed for Muckle Roe to go for a walk over The Wards of Muckle Roe a broad ridge of tops with South Ward as the highest with a summit of 169m (no danger of altitude sickness here!). We headed north-west along the wards to Roda Geo before heading back to the car along the north-east coast. Not a long walk, but great views...usually!

Looking east on the way to South Ward. We couldn't look any other direction because of the wind and rain at this point. Taking any photos was a challenge so apologies for the quality...


It was hard to walk at all at times, never mind in a straight line, so we had a good laugh. I lost my hat to the wind, but luckily as it went over the ridge into the lee it fell to earth and, with no help from Teddy, I found it again. Tom holding on to his hat as he tries to walk...


Even Teddy, despite his ground hugging stature, was going sideways at times. For us it was hard to even stand still...


Wind tunnel faces...


Looking west towards the Hams O'Roe...


"Why do they always to this to me"


Mid Ward...


And a chance to get out the wind and photograph my wonderful boots again...


At this point we decided to get off the ridge and go down to the west. Our left side lugs were taking a battering and we were actually pushed sideways, boots skidding on the peat at one point!

Roda Geo...









And then I got VERY wet! So did my camera, but thankfully it's OK!

A pit-stop at Frankies for a fish supper and several cups of tea on the way home finished off a rather splendid trundle (about 9km) round the hills.


2 comments:

  1. Kevin, another good selection of photos. I think that 'mug-shot' of the wind in your face is quite flattering, also that 'the boots' seem to be coping better with the weather. Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures. John.

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