Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Baglog bonanza:

Vernon Miles (+8=823)

2014 was a busy year as usual with lots of trips away, but not much in the way of hills. Trips away involved mainly cycling and touring, including cycle trips across the Lincolnshire Wolds and a tour of the Western Isles.

On to the hills, the first was Normanby Top on the Lincolnshire Wolds during a cycle tour from Peterborough to York via Boston, Lincoln and Beverley. Just a case of leaving the bike by the roadside and walking along the edges of a couple of fields to find the summit trigpoint pillar. Must be one of the easiest ever.

During June I took two friends on a tour of the Western Isles from Barra to Lewis. Mainly touring, but I did manage to get three new Marilyns, including what must be one of the best. We had a boat ride out to the cracking island of Mingulay and climbed the lovely summit of Carnan. Fantastic weather, and the views were marvellous. I also got the summit of Crogearraidh Mor on North Uist in heavy rain. Another highlight was the summit of Todun, Harris, just above the hostel at Reanigeadal.

Another cracker followed during a holiday to the north of England. I had always seen the high hills of the north Pennines as I was driving south of Carlisle, and had done the prominent Cross Fell many years ago, but had my eyes on its northern neighbour, Cold Fell. This I duly completed on a lovely summer's day in July. Hard going through the thick heather, but an area that gives a great sense of openness, which I like.

Cold Fell (photo: Vernon Miles)

Cold Fell (photo: Vernon Miles)

I finished off in the southern Lake District in November. I had a week of good weather so repeated Arnside Knott, with great views of the setting sun over Morecambe Bay, as well as climbing Lord's Seat, Whitbarrow, Claife Heights and Gummer's How, both above Windermere.

So, not many, but they were good. I trust everyone else enjoys the hills as much as I do - that is, when I manage to get on them.

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