The weather promised sunshine but our eventual destination was more swirling snow and sleet than sun as the showers raced down from the hills to the west. Today’s walk took us around Fontburn Reservoir on a mixture of public and permissive paths. Simonside was visible to the North in between the icy showers; it became increasingly snow covered as the day progressed. The route took us up past Newbiggin Farm then down past the upper end of the reservoir with its wet woodland and glade of ash trees. From there we cut back along the southern shore and back over the reservoir dam.
It wasn’t a day for hanging around but there were a few fungi, lichens and mosses to be seen (if not identified), as well as a flock of long-tailed tits; a kestrel and a heron.
We finished the day with a snack in the ‘Goats on the Roof‘ cafe, catching the last day of their season for the winter.