Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
Showing posts with label TGO Reunions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TGO Reunions. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

5 and 6 October 2019 - More photos from our Newtonmore Trip

Belatedly - here are some more pictures from our weekend in Newtonmore, starting with the view from Room 26, now being refurbished, on Saturday morning.
My original posting is .
We started with the Aviemore parkrun. Here is Gayle, on a recce.
Posing before the start.
Posing at the finish. Sue is just about in shot!
Preparing for the assault on Cruben Beag.
There wasn't a path, though we met a chap, 'cjo', who was nearing the end of an anticlockwise circuit around this ring of hills. Good views.
A deer fence looked as if it would present a tricky obstacle, until we found a crossing place where it had blown down.
A fine little summit - Cruben Beag, 590 metres.
Here's the route - 4.3 km, 350 metres ascent, taking 2 hours including breaks.
'Touch Not The Cat But a Glove', say the Macphersons, whose 'cairn' is situated beside the road back to Newtonmore.
Sunday (original posting ) was forecast to be dire weather, so we went for an 8 km run to Kingussie and back with Mick and Gayle.
A visit to the Highland Folk Museum followed.
The next picture shows the interior of the C18th building shown in the picture below it.
Here's part of the 18th Century township.
This pond was apparently used for curling, back in the 1700s.
At the other end of the large museum site, a number of buildings etc transport the visitors into a 1930s environment.
This is the 'best' side of this old car, an Austin Seven?, so it needs a fair amount of restoration.
As does this Fordson tractor...
Enough said - this museum is full of 'work in progress', but the restoration projects have already borne fruit, and they are continuing apace. Well done to all concerned.

I'm not sure whether this bike, very like one I used to have, is an employee's or an exhibit!
Well, that's it from this trip - click on any of the pictures for better resolution and access to a slideshow.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Sunday 6 October 2019 - The Highland Folk Museum




On a rainy morning, after a sociable evening and breakfast, Sue and I joined Gayle and Mick for a jog to Kingussie and back. 8 km in about 50 minutes. A good way to start the day, especially as by then the rain had eased.

After a lengthy elevenses in Bertie, M&G's campervan, Sue and I decided to visit the Highland Folk Museum that we had jogged past earlier. We went by car, after discovering that the batteries in both of our keys for Sue's car had failed. Consequently, when we used the manual key to enter, the electronic key wasn't recognised and the alarm sounded. A loud siren. Luckily this wasn't in the relatively remote spot where we had been parked when we last started the car yesterday, and replacement CR2025 batteries could be bought from the CoOp that is next to the Balavil Hotel where the car was parked. We were also relieved that it didn't appear to relate to another issue whereby the car's warning messages insist that one of the tyres is flat, despite it being properly inflated.

Anyway, we got to the outdoor museum in time to enjoy a three hour wander around all the many and varied exhibits, giving visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s! This is done by displaying over 30 historical buildings and furnishing them appropriate to their time period. Some have been built from scratch on site, and some have been moved here from other locations.
The site is a mile long with a 1700s township at one end, and a 1930s working croft at the other.

The weather had cheered up by then. The expected rainy day didn't transpire.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Saturday 5 October 2019 - Aviemore parkrun and Cruben Beag




Mick and Gayle joined us for the picturesque Aviemore parkrun, on a well surfaced there and back course along the Speyside way in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains. Only 88 people took part, but they managed to fill the café afterwards.

Full results - we were all happy - .

After returning to Newtonmore we changed into hiking gear and drove a short way to the foot of 590 metre Cruban Beag. A small hill with fine views. A pathless ascent beside a deer fence brought us in little more than an hour to the summit pillar where a 'selfie' was taken. Gayle's more comprehensive report is .

After lunching on the way back to the car, we returned past The Centre of Scotland, and a memorial cairn for the MacPherson clan, provided by its American descendants. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Saturday 9 March 2019 – A Walk from Ladybower

Click on this or any other image to get a better resolution, and access to a slideshow of 20 pictures at the bottom of the screen

After the excitement of Bakewell parkrun, Sue and I headed to Heatherdean Car Park, beside Ladybower Reservoir, to join a troop of TGO Challengers for a bracing stroll to Back Tor and beyond, led by the inimitable Graham Brookes.

Fifteen ‘Hardy’ souls set off in fine but breezy weather. Ali and Sue soon opted for a low level FWA route, leaving the rest of us to battle our way up to Whinstone Lee.

The views back were … well, you could see a view back, and it wasn’t raining, but it was pretty breezy.

Soon, the breeze intensified and a sleety sort of rain blasted our fair complexions. Waterproofs were donned by those of us who hadn’t already used them to stay warm.

Despite a bit of rain – the shower lasted for the rest of the morning – everyone seemed reasonably happy, and the two dogs, Rowan and Bella, managed to keep themselves amused with sticks and clumps of grass.

The route to Back Tor passes Wheel Stones, which I think are pictured in the next two pictures below, White Tor, Salt Cellar (a boulder), Dove Stone (another boulder), Dovestone Tor, and Cakes of Bread.

By now the breeze had strengthened and the shelter provided by the rocks was appreciated by everyone. As was the shortbread that Sue had brought along.

Views extended to the Mam Tor ridge and beyond, with lots of showers in evidence.

The path to Back Tor along Derwent Edge has been paved. So what used to be a slow, boggy experience is now a pleasant stroll, albeit in single file, and it’s good to see how well the surrounding moorland has recovered.

A mountain hare danced across the path ahead of us, a brilliant white colour against a dark background. As I write this, a couple of days later, the same hare will be superbly camouflaged in the now snowy conditions.

There’s a trig point on top of Back Tor. It has a metal plate with a number on it. Judith shouted “Please take a picture of the Flush Bracket*, I don’t think I can get to it!” This is what she referred to:

It was windy up on this 538 metre summit.

(Curiously, I have an ice axe with the same marking, numbered 1944, which I suspect is the date of manufacture.)

Anyway, you can tell from Judith’s stance of jubilation that she did actually make it to the summit herself, as she points to the crack through which access is achieved.

From Back Tor, it was downhill all the way to the Upper Derwent Reservoir that was used by 617 Squadron in WW2 as a practice ground for their ‘Dam Buster’ raids.

Just below Lost Lad, there’s a plaque ‘In Memory of W H Baxby 1901-1977 Erected by the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers in remembrance of his dedication to the club and his lifetimes enjoyment of rambling and the countryside’.

Here, Bernie and Penny had a bit of a faff whilst others admired the substantial erection in honour of said W H Baxby.

The stone path has bedded in particularly well hereabouts.

The fleshpots of Fairholmes provided a bit of seating and cover for a late lunch, and an escape route for three of our number. After that the rain eased and ten of us enjoyed the amble up through woodland to Woodcock Coppice, and the major junction pictured below.

There are some fine mountain biking routes hereabouts, but very few bikers, or walkers, out on this blustery afternoon. Four of our number decided to head directly to the Snake Inn from here, whilst the remaining sextet strolled along Bridge-end Pasture, admiring the rather atmospheric views across to the Mam Tor ridge.

A pleasant, gradual descent brought us to the main A57 road by Ladybower Reservoir, where motorists seemed to delight in splashing walkers by driving through large puddles that they could easily avoid.

Then, we’d got back to Heatherdean, and the same pleasant view with which we had set off.

The Snake Inn was closed apart from for our group, new owners having not quite got to the point of reopening the refurbished building. We hope they make a success of it, and despite the newly recruited chef ‘leaving’ mid-week, they managed to serve a good meal to the thirty or so TGO Challengers who had signed up for the weekend. These included stalwarts with names such as Pooler, Jocys, Walker and Knipe (immaculately turned out in a fine looking kilt and its accoutrements), none of whom had deigned to join the ‘official’ walk.

Alan Hardy had been itching to get behind the bar and eventually got his way.

Here’s the route that six of us took – about 19 km with 600 metres ascent. Other routes may have been slightly shorter or slightly longer.

Thanks go to Alan for organising the weekend, and to Graham for leading the walk.

Reports on other TGO Reunion walks can be found here.

* Flush brackets were fixed to walls at 1 mile intervals between Fundamental Bench Marks. They consist of a metal plate with a unique number. There is also a horizontal mark with three vertical marks pointing towards it from below (the same mark as was carved into walls for lower order benchmarks).