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Hiking near Balmoral


Sunday, December 29, 2013

It was drizzling when we stopped in the car park near Balmoral. Undeterred we pulled on our woolly hats, gloves and scarves and headed off up a well made path.



We walked past a very posh house, which had a rather flash sculpture in the garden. Personally I wouldn't fancy it on my back lawn, but each to his own!



Then leaving that path we started to climb steadily through the trees. This path had a small brook running down it.



The path continued to wind gradually uphill, I was carefully sticking to the middle of the path out of the water, as I was only wearing trainers and they're old and not waterproof. To the sides of the path the snow was lying in the trees.



We carried on climbing, taking pauses to 'read the map' and take photos! We emerged through the tree line, and found the snow line, but the view behind us was magnificent.



As the snow was lying on the path now, the clearest bit was in the stream. I decided I'd rather be wet than flat on my face, so I stepped into the stream. Wow that water was cold!



Eventually the trail was totally covered in snow. My old trainers were not only soaking, but didn't have much tread left, and I hate slipping and sliding. Fortunately my daughter and son in law are very patient and waited as I picked my way over the ice, disappearing up to my knees a couple of times.

We started to come downhill again, and dropped back below the snow line, but this is the view back up the track.



The view though was well worth getting wet for.



We started to work our way downhill.





We were following a path with a stream running on our right, tumbling over the rocks. We were confident that we would soon find a bridge to cross over. Unfortunately we didn't!



I was so pleased that my feet were already soaking wet! While the other two looked for an easy way across, I just forged through, as did my daughter. My son in law with his long legs found somewhere to stride across. It was very pretty from the other side.



Congratulating ourselves on leaving the stream behind, we started to go downhill quite quickly, but the stream had other ideas. Going round a loop, it crossed the path again further down, and I had to get wet again! The scenery was still stunning however.



The third time I had to forge the stream, my poor daughter was mortified that her 'easy' walk had become so difficult, but really I wouldn't have missed it for anything, I was having enormous fun. As you can see I was really enjoying it!



After this, the last half a mile to the car park was an anti climax! I walked about 5 miles, and did 15,700 steps, and had a lovely day!
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/4/2014 6:28PM

    Beautiful!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/6/2014 5:03PM

    Love the pics! What a fun (if challenging) walk. Beautiful pics!

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AMARILYNH 1/1/2014 7:15PM

    Wow - talk about the intrepid hiker!! I bow to you - I'd have most likely been turning around the first time my feet got wet!! Awesome!! Note to self - take rainboots for hiking in Scotland!!

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MARUKI52 1/1/2014 12:29PM

    What beautiful scenery and lovely pictures. Your poor feet must have been totally frozen by the time you finished your walk.

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MARITIMER3 1/1/2014 12:21PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures from your hike. I take it you didn't see any royalty! emoticon


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ALIHIKES 1/1/2014 11:51AM

    Beautiful photos, beautiful walk! Thanks for sharing. The scenery is spectacular!

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WATERONE 12/30/2013 7:32PM

    What a beautiful walk. Thank you for sharing it.

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KENSHO 12/30/2013 3:51PM

    Gorgeous pictures! You look so happy. You really do have a fabulous attitude....it's quite refreshing!

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FUNGIRL81005 12/30/2013 12:57PM

    Evelyn, The pictures are gorgeous. HA!! Your feet were probably numb!! Snow and Water!! The picture of you staning in the stream was very cute...You really looked like you enjoyed yourself. Great memories..Thank you for sharing


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ALIIDA 12/30/2013 12:14PM

    Talk about intrepid! Your feet must have been frozen! I spent a few months in Scotland in the nineties. Your lovely pictures bring back memories.

Happy New Year!

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GOANNA2 12/30/2013 8:28AM

    I can imagine the water was cold thus giving
you cold feet as well. You did very well today.
Glad you had fun. thanks for sharing the lovely
hike and scenery with us.
Happy New Year. emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/30/2013 6:28AM

    I don't do well with wet feet, so I surely admire your stamina!

Seriously, it does sound as if it were fun, so kudos for making the very best of the situation and obviously enjoying yourself!



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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/30/2013 12:10AM

    What walk, lovely views

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CATHEMARIE 12/29/2013 11:18PM

    Always enjoy the pictures of your adventures!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 12/29/2013 9:52PM

    emoticon
Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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BEWELL48 12/29/2013 9:28PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks!

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REGILIEH 12/29/2013 8:31PM

    FANTASTIC!!! emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/29/2013 7:14PM

    Thank you for sharing your trek.
Great pictures, and of course your narrative made the day.
Thank you for being part of my 2013.
I hope you will be part of my 2014, too.
Keep Safe, Keep Dry?, Keep Warm. and Keep SPARKING !!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/29/2013 7:00PM

    emoticon It looks like you had fun!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 12/29/2013 6:58PM

    emoticon You are such a good sport!! What a fabulous experience, all because you were willing to say YES. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for the beautiful pictures. ~Sandi

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CATLADY52 12/29/2013 6:35PM

    You look like you are having a good time. I take it that it was a a short jaunt for you. emoticon emoticon

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JENSHAINES 12/29/2013 6:00PM

    Gosh Evelyn, this is gorgeous! I can't believe how cold it must have been, though - I hope you're toasty warm now!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/29/2013 5:53PM

    It looks wonderful. I need a hike like that.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/29/2013 5:28PM

    What fun! And thanks for sharing such lovely pics.

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JUNEAU2010 12/29/2013 5:25PM

    How absolutely fun! Thank you for sharing!

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MYTHMYTH 12/29/2013 4:49PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the photos of your adventure! I really did enjoy seeing them along with your commentary! emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 12/29/2013 4:49PM

    What a lovely day you seem to have had.
In my part of Ayrshire it has been windy and wet - at least it was coming from above as well as lying below LOL!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/29/2013 4:40PM

    What a beautiful place to hike.....thanks for sharing all the pictures!

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GARDENQE2 12/29/2013 4:34PM

    What beautiful scenery! I'm glad you got in such a good hike! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/29/2013 4:25PM

  Love it!

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MADEIT3 12/29/2013 3:55PM

    Gorgeous area despite the wet feet. Good for you!!

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CIPHER1971 12/29/2013 3:34PM

    Beautiful

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NEW-CAZ 12/29/2013 3:30PM

    wonderful journey, thanks for taking me with you emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/29/2013 3:30PM

    What breathtaking scenery to be able to walk/hike/wade emoticon through! You look so happy (and beautiful!) and I'm thrilled you took it all in stride. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

We have a lot of snow here and today was bitterly cold but we did manage to walk for 60 minutes.

Susan

P.S. Are you feet warmed up yet?

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SHELTIE2013 12/29/2013 3:24PM

    Good for you!!! You sound like you created some memories!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 12/29/2013 3:17PM

    You look so happy! Are you dry and warm now? What a gorgeous adventure you had! emoticon

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DR1939 12/29/2013 3:08PM

    Lovely day. Thank you for sharing.

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ZELLAZM 12/29/2013 2:54PM

    Lovely tour, wet feet and all!


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COCK-ROBIN 12/29/2013 2:40PM

    Such beautiful pictures, and you had a great walk.

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