Marhofn 212.12 - May 2010

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The Beautiful South

Vernon Miles (+22=775)

January took me down to Cornwall where, along with a friend, I cleaned up. Kit Hill is a fascinating hill with lots of industrial heritage associated with the tin-mining industry, and a mine chimney right on the summit (CW: not to mention the car park). This was followed by Hensbarrow Beacon, including an ascent of the spoil tip just behind it - fascinating, though rather unsightly. Watch Croft in the far west was quite nice, like a lower version of a Dartmoor Tor, and with Men-an-Tol stones just below it we had an interesting walk. Finally, we climbed the simply awful hill of Carnmenellis. This must rank as one of the worst Marilyns ever. We got to the trig point, but I have an awful feeling that the highest point is on the roof of the nearby farmhouse.

Travelling down to see a friend in Cheshire in March gave me the opportunity to pick up the lovely Boulsworth Hill; a fine bit of moorland in the middle of a lot of mill towns. I also got Freeholds Top and Hail Storm Hill, both in heavily falling snow, before the sun came out for some stunning views, despite the large wind farm on the top. I found a well dedicated to a famous Lancashire poet by the ruins of a cottage, just as the sun was setting - beautiful.

Vernon Miles on Hensbarrow Beacon

Vernon Miles on Hensbarrow Beacon

On to the Yorkshire Dales at Easter. New ones in the area were Dodd Fell Hill, Lovely Seat and Hoove. Not everyone's idea of nice scenery, but I love this area as it gives such wide-open vistas.

As we travelled north homewards through the Scottish Borders, I picked up the lovely summit of Rubers Law on a sunny day with wonderful views, especially of the Cheviot Hills. My last foray of the year came in December on another visit to Cheshire. I spent a day in North Wales picking up three summits in the Clwydian range at the start of the cold spell, so I had lovely big flakes of snow falling on Moel Famau. The next day saw a trip into the Peak District to bag the elusive Gun in foggy weather, followed by a repeat of Shining Tor and a visit to my favourite pub - the Cat and Fiddle. Great pub, lovely pint, open fire and good food.

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