Sunday, 28 February 2016

Stunning winter wonderland walk around Ronas Hill


Knowing that the forecast for this weekend was due to be stunning I organised a a walk with some colleagues from work. It was always going to be a tough one going around Ronas Hill, along the top of Da Lang Ayre to Lang Clodie Wick and back via Roer Water, but it should be worth it. 

Looking at Ronas Hill for Eela Water at about 8.45am. It was looking to be an ace day!


The walk started off with a climb from the main road as the road to Collarfirth Masts was just too icy to drive up. A bit of an early morning shock for the legs and lungs!



The usual start for Ronas Hill at the Collarfirth mast carpark...


Foula was looking amazing in the distance. What a day!


It was hard going, up hill through deep powdery snow with me breaking trail, so we just plodded along with plenty of stops to 'admire the view'. First landmark was Roga Field...


And then it was onwards in a pristine snowy landscape...


Mid Field...


It was tea and snack time at Mid Field. I brought my bothy bag for a shelter,but it was too hot and who'd want to be snugged up in a big orange bag on a day like this, so we just sat on it. Ronas Hill in the background...


The world to ourselves...


We started to notice some big snow showers coming in over the sea. However, we were lucky to only get caught in one fairly short lived one and it was dry powdery snow, so not bad at all.


Approaching the summit chambered cairn...


We wanted to write in the visitors book at the trig point but it was totally buried in snow.


We also planned to build a snowman...


But we couldn't be bothered! We did eat lots of chocolate though...


Then it was off down to the cliffs above Da Lang Ayre...


And down...


And wow!



Next was the trek along the cliff tops and broken rocky ground to Da Lang Clodie Wick and Lang Clodie Loch, our next tea stop...


Lots of frozen lochans. And otter prints everywhere. We even saw an otter toboggan run where it had slid down a steep bank! There was a grove for it's fat tail and a groove either side for its legs. God only knows why I didn't take a photo of it, it was brilliant!


Approaching Lang Clodie Loch...


Some cliffs and caves!


I knew the next leg to Roer Water and the track back to the main road was going to be a tough one, and it was.


A mixture of rough ground and semi frozen bog and peat hags made the going the hardest yet. Of course we were also pretty tired by now.


But the views continued to be stunning...


And we saw a couple of hares and continued to see otter tracks every where, but no otters. A shame as they'd have stood out like a sore thumb in this landscape, unlike the hares, who for once were actually camouflaged in their white coats.

By the time we got to the Roer Water track we were all seriously flagging and it was starting to get cold as the sun got lower. After 8 hours and 20.5km through snow, hills and bog we reached the cars.

All we had to do now was peel ourselves out of the cars for a fish supper treat at Frankies. I think we'd earned it!

4 comments:

  1. And now appearing on the BBC Scotland website!
    Orrabest
    Scott

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    1. Some one in the office suggested putting it in :) Cheers!

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