Monday, 4 January 2010
Happy New Year.......Nice and Icy
It was nice to return to normality after the lengthy Christmas and New Year Festivities. Kath and I decided on a walk from Scorton despite the very icy conditions underfoot. After a coffe at The Barn we set off to find that the side roads and pavements out of Scorton were treacherous with sheet ice.
We eventually managed to find our way along the top lanes towards Nicky Nook and joined the other walkers determined to enjoy what was a fabulous sunny winter's day. Once we got off the lanes and onto the open fell the going became easier and we made the short climb to the summit of Nicky Nook pausing briefly to enjoy a warming flask of hot soup. Family groups were out enjoying the winter conditions and some children were on the ice of the pools on the moorland tarns which we thought unwise but they survived and along with a number of dogs were having a wonderful time.
Towards the top it resembled an Alpine scene with blue skies and snow and the views as always were magnificent, north towards the snow covered Lake District Mountains and towards the east the Bowland Fells also snow covered. The scene westwards was much greener looking across the Fylde towards the sea and Morecambe Bay. We turned round at the trig point and headed back down the same route to the icy lanes again and eventually made our way back safely to Scorton. We passed one motorist who had become stuck on the icy road and had to be pulled to safety by a Land Rover. It was nice to get out again and enjoy a walk in such beautiful surroundings and not very far from home. It looks like the very cold weather is here to stay so I may not be able to venture too far in the early part of the New Year.
A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to all my readers and I look forward to reading of your various exploits. I have posted a few images from yesterday showing the wintry landscape above Scorton and Kath and I enjoying our nice and icy walk.