Saturday, April 11, 2015

Screel Hill Walk

Rob, Brock and I had a walk up Screel Hill on Friday. The weather started out hot and sunny, but became a bit hazy, as you can see in the photos. (Please click on the photos to see a larger version.)

Above is one of the views from the upward journey.

The walk is all uphill to get to the summit (not surprisingly). You can stick to the forestry track of rough gravel/hardcore, or take a detour through woodland for the first part of the walk. We went up one way and down the other. The views from the track are better, with distant peninsulas and islands just visible in the Solway and Auchencairn Bay. Much of the woodland has been felled since our last visit, so the landscape looks a bit stark in places.

 Brock enjoying the walk.
Starting to climb the hill.

You leave the easy gradient of the forestry track and climb up the steep incline to the top. In a few places, you need to use your hands to scramble up. It was not too wet and boggy on the day we went up, but I'm sure it would be, in the wetter weather.

We saw a green lizard scampering about, but it was too fast to take a photograph of it. There were also butterflies, bees and ravens flying about. On the way down we saw a heron at one of the little streams.

 There are huge boulders everywhere, covered in bright yellow and black lichens.

The journey down is much faster! The whole walk is about 3 miles long and we found it rather strenuous. It takes about 2 hours to complete.
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