Walking the Galloway Hills
Snow was lying on the hills as I took the relatively short drive to these excellent fells in the far south west of Scotland. This was our first snow walking of the year and there was little doubt both myself and Mist would have a frollicking good time.
We did. Day 1 we headed towards the Merrick but due to a late start never actually summited. However the snow was on the road in and knee deep up to the 550 metre mark which is pretty much the highest that we got to. Mist was in her element, roaming far and wide and covering at least 10 times the distance that I did – she never stopped but sadly I did, walking in snow can be hard work!
She even enjoyed the vast swathes of forestry which dominate Galloway, disappearing for many minutes in to the dark depths. After a while I realise that she is not within sight and start shouting, naturally she soon appears with with an expression that clearly says ‘keep calm, what’s the problem?’
The views over Merrick and its neighbouring Corbett, the Shalloch were perfect with icy blue skies, no wind and crisp white snow offering perfect conditions.
On Day 2 I headed off to the Corserine, an elegant Corbett a few miles to the east of the Merrick. Conditions were not so good with a cold, strong wind blowing in frequent hail showers and removing the hills of much of their snow. The summit plateau was exposed but Mist seemed completely unfazed aside from when I made her pose for a few summit shots. A look of weary resignation can be seen clearly on the photos. Actually when I stop and delve in to my pack for the camera she shows a lot of excitement but that soon turns to disappointment when biscuits are not produced. I do not think dogs quite ‘get’ cameras.
A Typical Walk with Mist. Sept 2013
Agile Mist & Video . June 2013
Mist of all Seasons. Apr 2013
Mist in the Moors. Dec 2012
Accommodation for Dogs. Sept 2012
Mist in Ullapool. July 2012
Dogs on Leads. May 2012
Mist on the Dales Way. March 2012
Mist, Snow & the Langdales. Feb 2012
Winter Woes Dec 2011
Frollicking Around Eskdale Oct 2011
Mist’s Summer Frolics Sept 2011
Mist Heads North July 2011
Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011
Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011
Training Mist. Mar 2011
Pleasures & Problems. Jan 2011
Early Days of Mist, October 2010