Four Seasons in Ten Minutes ......

Our recent trip onto the Pentlands proved the scientific fact that you need to be prepared for any weather at anytime whilst enjoying the great outdoors in Scotland!!

Mary had organised a wee outing onto the Pentlands and so a group of us including Freya (age 9) and Kalin (age 7) met at the meeting point for a 9.00am start.  At this point the sun was out and the skies blue, although it was a wee bit chilly.  Mary had prepared a quiz for the children to take part in so they took them and set about finding some answers. 

We made the decision to wonder up around Hare Hill and head for the Kips.  I have been walking on the Pentlands for years and never knew that there was a memorial on the summit of Hare Hill, so thanks to Jim for that information – as we agreed, every day is a learning day.  As we approach the Kips I introduced the children to the gentle art of navigation using some pre-prepared maps.  It was great to see them both take a real interest in where they were and where they where going.

e had a quick stop for a snack before we attacked West Kip and at this point we quickly realised the weather was going to prove interesting.  Freya and Kalin made short work of West Kip but it was by now freezing so we made quick work of the walk onto East Kip and Jim found us a decent spot for some lunch – we went from a freezing wind chill to enjoying the warmth of the sun in about 30 metres.

After lunch we carried on to top out on Scald Law before heading down to the col – or as Freya and Kalin call it now, the saddle.  As we approached the col I had that strange moment that happens in Scotland when I said “what’s that white stuff”?  You’ve guessed it – it was snow!  By now the wind was up and it was snowing.  Not whiteout conditions but very cold when exposed to the wind

From the col we started to make our way down into the valley and the eventual route back to the car park.  Jim said he knew a nice spot to have another snack and that it would be a sun trap.  It snowed!  This was a really nice walk and Freya and Kalin did really well in pretty difficult weather conditions.