Another good walk with the Strollers in an area I would not consider visiting myself, simply because I did not know about it.
Great views of the Pentland hills, brushed with snow as we had some snowfall recently, interesting history and architecture. There are a number of monuments/follies spread around the estate, a ruin of a house that burned down and the current house of the owners which used to be stables. It made for a fine 5 miles in brisk weather.
Hope you like the pictures that I took that day
As a geography degree holder, a trip to the Corrie Fee reserve was a must and it took me 3 attempts to find it (usually the problem was that some paths were closed due to tree felling).
The walk takes you along a 2-3 mile wide forestry track to the ‘amphitheatre of glacial landscape’ as it is called in visitscotland website.
Least to say, it did not disappoint. Erratics, moraine, cliffs, meandering river, deeply cut post-glacial valley – must make a good field trip for a geography lesson.
Encouraged by seeing a lot of fellow photographers and online communities, and also because my illness would not allow me to have a long walk that I would normally have, I decided to head to Glasgow to discover the famous murals.
Glasgow is not a place that is easy to photograph. It does not jump at you. It could be described as ugly, messy, chaotic… But there are definitely things to discover there.
One of the projects to beautify the streets of Glasgow, was commissioning a couple of artists to decorate some buildings in the centre with murals in hope of attracting tourism. They are amazing, and it is a treasure hunt trying to find them. Some are stunning, some are just ok, some are in not the nicest places or surrounded by bins, or located in dark corners where strange things happen.
Anyway, it is something different and definitely worth doing.
One downside to it is that two of the murals were taken down. View of the Clyde was replaced with windows of a gym and Five Faces (both seemed really cool in pictures) was just taken down by the council.
Needless to say, it was still a bit of walk although all of them are in the centre and quite close to each other.
I used information from here and here
North Berwick is a little town in East Lothian which is a popular weekend destination for all kinds of people – some are walkers, some just like to enjoy the famous chippy, some like to have a stroll around the shops (which are nice) or spend some time in one of many cafes or play golf.
All in all, it satisfies needs of many and mine, too. With Edinburgh strollers we enjoyed a Saturday walk along the beach, then through the town and the park and up North Berwick Law, which is part of an extinct volcano.
Wild ponies were a bit of a surprise, as they are usually seen on nearby Traprain Law, and the views never disappoint. You can see as far as Edinburgh and admire Tantallon Castle, Bass Rock and the rural landscape.
Last weekend camping in Lake District…
Nights were freezing, days were much warmer… though I bet on much warmer weather than in Scotland. Well, I guess not this time…
But as far as walking, views and thrills alike are concerned – great area.
Day 1 we walked up Cat Bells – a hill that is lower than most but still a good challenge and offering wonderful views over Derwent Water.
Then just a couple of random places to fill the day – Bowder Stone, Lodore Falls, Brassenthwaite.
Altogether I gather we walked around 10 miles. And the sunset over Derwent Water was just a cherry on top. And then another cold night in the tent.