Monday, 2 September 2013
A walk in the Lomond Hills.The Peaks of Fife.
As you can see it was still misty when we arrived but by the time we had climbed halfway up the first hill from the scenic and historic village of Falkland it was starting to clear.
Some gardens even have a mini Falkland within them. In some ways it feels very English. Almost Cotswolds in nature and in surrounding landscape. (Shock! Horror!) They even play cricket here and take it just as seriously as the villages down south. Neighbouring Fife village Freuchie even entered then won the English Villages Cricket Tournament one year which was some achievement as it's a tiny place. The path up the hill is signposted and travels up past the right hand side of this recycling factory on a village street then enters the woods seen above. A steep climb at first up a long straight line of wooden stairs. Once on the ridge the going is easier though.
We started out by heading up East Lomond first which is a cracking walk in itself then made for West Lomond along the grassy, high level track that connects the two summits.
Not being into running I didn't realise what an epic and large event this is as there is not much evidence that 700 runners pass through here. It is still a grassy and beautiful location throughout its length. Long may it remain that way.
It behaved like a really evil, (not so wee) bug that feared nothing and no one so I gave it plenty of room bending over to take this photograph. I didn't want it numbing me with its sting then dragging my fat juicy body underground. It was almost big enough to attempt it :)
Video today is a modern classic. Soulsavers with Mark Lanegan on vocal duties. The poignant and moving 'Kingdoms of Rain'.