Thursday, 8 June 2017

Kielder wander

A nice wee wander proposed by Mike. There was initially a tad bit of faffing due to car parks marked on the map now being closed. The forestry commision seemed determined to funnel all cars in to a specific car park. No doubt as a handy cash cow?
The day was dry and quite warm with a brisk wind. The walking  pleasant as we walked along a maze of forestry tracks.
Mike had a plan in place. It was his aim to bag a couple of tops that lurked somewhere in the forestry. . After a few forays in to dense closely knit phalanxes of prickly pine trees, we eventually won through.  The bleached bones of some other poor soul who had attempted to penetrate this dense mass, gave warning of the dire perils of our mission. Well, alright, that is exaggerating a wee bit! Mind, there was no clear route and we had to revert to Mike's gps to get us back out. Mike decided to give the second top a miss?
Taking a longer loop, we eventually came down by the Calvert Trust buildings. Another little bit of bushwhacking and we joined  paths that eventually led us back to the car park at Leaplish.
A pleasant day's walking. Mind, I am still finding pine needles around the flat. Pine needles down one's bra are very uncomfortable!


8 comments:

christine hindle said...

I have a soft spot for Kielder...

Dawn Linney said...

Possibly better in the quieter months Chrissie?

chrissiedixie said...

Definitely! We've only ever been in the winter!

FellBound said...

Never been to Keilder. Can't say it appeals to me but perhaps I'm just being narrow minded. Do you like it Dawn?

Gayle said...

The number of times I've sworn that that I'll never bash through a commercial plantation again. The number of times I've disrobed on regaining a proper track to shake out as many pine needles and twigs as possible. I'll never learn!

Dawn Linney said...

Very touristy in the summer months Andy. Blocks of plantation are a threat to one's sanity if trying to thrash your way through Gayle.

AlanR said...

Lovely area by the looks of your pics. Never been that way myself unfortunately.

Dawn Linney said...

Very touristy in the summer Alan, a bit like the lakes.