Sunshine and snow might make for marvellous views – but not necessarily for great walks, as Jen and I discovered in the Cairngorms, the day after leaving Ardnamurchan.
We decided to climb Cairn Gorm itself from the upper car park – which would have been fine had we found the right path, and had we realised that the alternative route we tried to take instead was in fact the ski run. The walk was more of a grim trudge.
The views at the top were spectacular but we also battled an icy blast the entire time on the top – the photograph gives no suggestion of this! We also recognised that our lack of crampons and ice axe meant that going further would have been foolhardy.
The following day we had a mega drive down to Devon, because one of Jen’s cousins was having her son christened in the local church on the Sunday. It was therefore a great opportunity to meet Jen’s wider family.
During the afternoon we had a short walk on Dartmoor. We had lunch by the East Dart river, which provided a photo opportunity that I could not resist…
We had an awesomely wonderful week together in Scotland and then briefly in Devon – being exceptionally fortunate with the weather. Since coming back we’ve been doing some wedding preparation – which also meant a quick trip into All Souls, Langham Place.