Sunday, 27 September 2015

North Roe hike-a-bike


It's been a fine day today and spurred on by another biker up here I decided to have a short at a mountain bike ride out to Uyea and then back along the coast to Sandvoe before heading to Fethaland and back to North Roe. Just short of 22km in total with some pushing involved due to terrain, ability and fitness (or lack of it!).


Here's the route on Strava if you're interested.

Over looking Uyea. I didn't go to the isle as the tides were wrong.


Something tells me this route isn't designed for bikes...


Wilgi Geos. The phone isn't bad for panoramas sometimes...


Sandvoe...


Lower Loch of Setter...


Fethaland...



Now to cut the grass! It can't all be fun in the sun...

Saturday, 26 September 2015

A Yell micro-adventure...

Straight from work we headed up to Burravoe on Yell for a micro-adventure over night camp. 


The next morning we were going to a colleague of Clare's charity lunch in Mid Yell so with a good forecast we thought we'd make a night of it...

 

The little camp site at Burravoe Pier is pretty good at £4 a night for tents and £10 for caravans, though there's not a lot of space for tents. However, the facilities are great with a toilets, shower and kitchen including a washer and drier. All housed in a cool boaty house...


In the morning I went for a walk around The Ness of Burravoe or Heoga Ness. Beren was supposed to be following me but got waylaid with rocks to explore and wellies to fill...


I hoped to see otters. Saw some fresh spraint, but no little furry critters. Maybe they were lost in the bogs of doom...


Burravoe from a old croft house door...


And looking into Burra Voe itself...

 

We enjoyed our lunch, though probably ate far too much and decided to go for a wander on Breckon Sands at the top end of Yell before getting the ferry home. What a lovely day...

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We had the whole beach and area to ourselves, though Beren did find this scary beast of the deep. I've eaten monkfish, but didn't realise it looked quite so gruesome; look at those teeth
!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hawks Ness Broch

On the long headland that is Hawks Ness are the remains of Hawks Ness Broch. Unlike some brochs there's not a lot to see of the old structure, but it's a great vantage point to look over Nesting and back to Bressay.

I took the following panoramas with my phone and stitched the photos together so they're not great with some bendy bits, but I think they show what an interesting headland it is.

Looking out over Foraness Voe along Hawks Ness...


The headland is not far from Gott in Tingwall and accessed from the end of the road at Breiwick...



Approaching the broch...


It stands at top a small promontory and seems to have some earth works associated with it...


Looking back south...


It's not far to walk, though the ground is a bit wet in parts. In the past I've seen plenty of hares along here, but not today.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

High on Foula

So, I was out to Foula yesterday to look at some work done a while ago and investigate a couple of new projects. 


I was pretty lucky with the weather and as some of the things I needed to check were at the north end of the island and the tops were clear I decide to take the high road north as I've not actually been up Da Sneug. And high road it is with a steep climb starting behind the Kirk near the airfield.

Looking down to Da Daal and across to Da Noup from the slopes of Hamnafield...


Just below the summit of Hamnafield (344m) is a memorial to a war time plane crash on the hillside...


Looking along the ridge to Da Sneug...


And back to the south end of the island...


 The view back from Da Sneug (418m)...


Da Kame (376m) is next in the distance...


 Looking back to Da Sneug from Da Kame at a little lunch stop...



The climb down from Da Kame via Soberlie to Da Gaada Stack is very steep and hard on the legs; a time to exercise caution!

I cam across these fellas on Da Nort Banks before carruing on down Soberlie...


Back on more level ground; Da Gaada Stack...


 I've put together a little slide show  of the fantastic panoramas from up high on Foula with back ground music from Fridarey (a Fair Isle band). I hope you enjoy it...


Monday, 14 September 2015

A wander to Levenwick Broch

I've not explored the coast directly south of Levenwick, but recently noticed on the map that it looked interesting and has a broch too. As Beren was away doing cub scout things we took the chance of an unencumbered walk along the coast.

Levenwick beach...


From the car park at the beach we headed out north along the headland before following the coast south and came back essentially the same way. Not a long walk, but interesting. We had noticed that there were Sunday Teas on at Levenwick Hall, but neither of us had any cash!


Looking north from Levenwick Ness towards Cumliewick Ness...


And south towards the broch site...


Again looking north along a spectacular coast...



While Clare messed about doing some scenic yoga poses...



I considered the ancient use of this stone hole in the ground...


No it's not a squaty toilet! But a drive hole from an old mill!


This little arch is visible from quite a distance, but with a strong wind and rough sea I wasn't about to investigate closer...



But it was fine to find a bit of shelter to sit a while and have a bite to eat...


And here's the broch...


It's actually some size with some big sections of the double wall remaining and surrounding earth works...


There are a few entrances to the passage ways, but I'm a bit big to risk getting stuck down there and anyway there was also plenty of otter spraint to crawl through...



Definitely worth a little stretch of the legs and remember some money in case of Sunday Teas!