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Sunday, 1 January 2017

That Sorta Wraps It Up For 2016, Then.

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Knipetowers was abandoned over Christmas for a 1000-mile driveabout visiting rellies and drinking their port…

First we went to Halifax. Then Long Eating…Eaton… Then Halifax – Back to Crook for an hour – Then Motherwell and… Kilncadzow (wherever that is..) and Dunbar via Peebles and then home again.

The very last hill of the year was Venn Law – a steep and forested Tump overlooking Peebles.

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How Hill near Ripon has a church on the top and a permissive path from the bottom. Bagged on the journey to Halifax

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Halifax town centre looks just like this from the slopes of Beacon Hill. Very windy up Beacon Hill on Christmas Eve..

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With the son-in-law on Drumelzier Law – a windy, murky day of thick hill-fog. We had to chop a lump off this walk to try to finish in daylight. Oddly enough, as we descended, a well-equipped lassie, although sporting sunglasses was met on her way up. She was reluctant to say “hello”. Or anything else.

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This is  the site of William Roy’s birthplace. A bit later, we bagged Kilncadzow Law – a small Tump with a big view. Unfortunately it was too hazy for decent piccies of Kilncadzow Law. Major-General William  Roy  (Ooor Wullie as his mum would have it) was an innovative engineer and surveyor who’s work lead directly to the establishment of the Ordnance Survey in 1791. And this is where he first popped out to survey the world.

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LTD re-arranges to configuration of the beds in an hotel room in Motherwell by pushing them together. Daft dog.

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Gloomy view of Peebles and the Manor Valley from Venn Law. (some peeps may remember this as the start of the route through to Moffat) Venn Law is forestry commission and community woodland and is fully open to the public and has multiple footpaths, some of which lead steeply to the top.

That ends 2016. The score on the door is 1189 miles not including doggy walks, 186000 feet of ascent, camping nights – sites 14, wild 20, beach bivis 5. 

That’s not too bad….

9 comments:

Quinn said...

What a splendid year you and LTD have had! Thank you for sharing your experiences and pictures, Mike. Yours is one of my favorite blogs :)

Mike Knipe said...

Ooooh tar, Quinn... [simpers and examines shoe laces...]

Dawn Linney said...

Wondiferous indeed Mike, well done.

Mike Knipe said...

You were there for a huge lump of all this, Dawn - specially the camping and biviing...

Meanqueen said...

That was a long walk. Love your doggy. Happy New Year.

Mike Knipe said...

Happy New Year to you too Llona (I probably never get your name right by the way, for which apologies...) Lots of short walks , in fact.. and a few long ones... a pattern probably to be repeated in 2017. Have a crackin 2017 with lots of miles and lots of lovely cash saved!

Alan Sloman said...

Blimey.
Well walked, Sir. I have been following it all. Honest.

Venn Law - was that the snowy abandoned walk?
Mind you, I abandoned the second walk too. Retired, damaged.

:-)

Alan Rayner said...

Some impressive stats there Mike. All the best for 2017.

Mike Knipe said...

Hello Alans...

Alan (1) Birkscairn Hill was the outrageously snowy one where eventually saw sense and went home. On the second one you did, more or less, do the same as everybody else. Most of you did anyway. Bits of you are still spiked on a fence. Venn Law is in the other direction and is much safer.

Alan (2) Happy New Year to you too...

Id peeps with the same names could spread themselves out a bit more in future...