Marhofn 230.13 - May 2011

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Vernon Miles (+20=794)

I did not climb many new hills in 2010 but those I did were great. I started off in February with a trip down to the North York Moors at the end of the cold spell. I arrived at the Lord Stones cafe on Carlton Bank as the sun was setting and made my way up past the paragliders to the summit of Cringle Moor - cracking views. I picked up Round Hill on Urra Moor in perfect conditions and, next day, took the train from Whitby to Commondale for Gisborough Moor. That afternoon, I visited Bishop Wilton Wold in the mist, battling up the slopes of the reservoirs to the summit.

Later in February I visited Eigg. I had climbed An Sgurr before, but the views across the Inner Minch and over to the other islands is great. I also did the hill above the singing sands and would say Eigg is well worth the effort to get to.

I finally climbed High Stile in July on the day after a repeat of Skiddaw. I stayed at some wonderful hostels; Skiddaw House was good, but even better was the magical Black Sail hostel, sitting in the shadow of Great Gable and Pillar. We had a lovely sunny evening, and the beer they stock is really good.

During the autumn I was working at Aberdeen prison, rather than Perth, so I took the opportunity to pick up a few Marilyns in the area. There are some real gems; Millstone Hill by the River Don was good, and Craigendarroch by Ballater was a great wee hill, which I did in weather which showed Lochnagar at its best. However, the best has got to be Bennachie. The local authorities have made some great paths over the hill; not everyone's cup of tea I know, but personally I think it enhances the experience. I also did a classic 'heather terror' in awful conditions; Hill of Fare had knee-deep heather, bogs and driving wet snow.

I had a week in the Cotswolds in November. Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the Cotswolds, is enhanced by the neolithic long barrow of Belas Knapp, which is worth a detour. The best day of my year was the south-north traverse of the Malvern Hills. Bredon Hill was nearly as good, with a cloud inversion and a great view across to the Malverns.

Vernon Miles on Bennachie (photo: Vernon Miles)

Vernon Miles on Bennachie (photo: Vernon Miles)

The heavy snow of December somewhat curtailed activities. At one stage we had 18 inches of lying snow where I live, which made it difficult to get out of the village, let alone to any hills. It fell on 26 November and, as I write this on 13 January, it's still here. However, it did make for a scenic ascent of Birnam Hill in early December, the year's last hill.

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