Following a few cold winters this one, so far, has been mild and wet. The north-east of England has missed the torrential rain of the south and west but even here mud and dampness are the order of things. Occasionally winter has struck on the hills as it did on a walk up to Killhope Law in the North Pennines a few days ago. The snow was being driven onto wet ground sweeping around the heather shoots; cotton grass leaves and Sphagnum tussocks. Red grouse lifted occasionally though few bothered making their cackling call in the powerful westerly wind.
The top was surrounded by runnels in the peaty soils providing maze like access to the trig point at the top. Just off the summit is a stone cairn, almost lost in the mists and driving snow. There were occasional views down into Allendale but Weardale remained unseen.
This was the first of 50 hills Sally plans to climb this year while helping raise money for charitable work in Kenya linked to our trip last October. If anyone would like to help please go to her JustGiving page.