Friday, 5 April 2019

A family plod around Fitful head



It's the school Easter holidays here and the wind has finally dropped off so we packed some food and headed down the south end for a 9km walk around Fitful Head from Quendale Mill. Clare and Beren had never been around there before and I think both the climb up there and back down the Noup were a bit of a shock to the system. 

Possibly not one generally recommended for knee replacement patient or those with a cardiac complaint, but a slow and steady plod saw all all round safely.


We set off from Quendale mill up a track next tot he car park with the intention of joining the main track up to Fitful Head just before the steep climbs on it start. There are a couple of barbed wire fences to cross this way, but it's a nicer way to get there than following the main track up there from the road.



The old mill dam with remains of sluice gates...


Looking back down the 'main road' towards Sumburgh...


This is the point where the road meets the coast before heading ever more steeply to the top...


I've cycled up there, just...



The radar station where the road ends...


It was a pretty calm day, but up there there was a chilly breeze, so we found a little shelter to eat our lunch with some stunning views...


And then it was on along the cliff tops to wards the impressive headland of Siggar Ness...


A mutiny prevented us going down on to Siggar Ness for a look about (as they didn't want to walk back up), so we carried on towards the Noup and the very steep and slippy descent to Garth Wick.


Sumburgh Head and Garth's Ness are in the distance. In the dead ground is the very steep descent...


The photo with my ultra wide lens doesn't do it justice. It really is very steep and slippy so be warned...


After a look about the burn at the bottom of the cliff it just was a short and flat walk back to the car to the Garth's Ness track and back to the car along side Quendale Beach. A great scenic walk, just choose your weather, or you wont see much as Fitful Head is often in the clouds.

I've got plans for a walk around the Ness of Ireland over the weekend assuming there are no mutinies! Walking with Clare and Beren is good for me as it slows me down and gives a bit of time for photos too.

Edit: mutiny has been announced!


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