On Friday in the dark Peak District we got a fair dusting of snow. In the surrounding towns and Manchester it may not have been much at all, but at 630 metres of height on Kinder Scout it was noticeable underfoot. Especially with drifting, due to heavy winds, building up pockets of thigh deep neige.
On Saturday i headed up to meet a friend on the Scottish border for a quick run up around the Cheviot and Windy Ghyll. This area has a remote feel to it and is packed with short, sharp and runnable inclines. Excellent for fell running. A brilliant day running in ankle deep snow with lovely panoramic views.
The last time i had been to the Cheviot was nine years ago when completing the Pennine way starting in Edale. It was the last day of walking and camping over the 250-260 mile national trail.
Back in the Peak District on Sunday and out in the local fells around Win hill. Small deposits of snow on the southern edge of Kinder, but what impressed me the most was the contrast of colours. From the heavily burnt colours of the bracken and fallen leaves around Edale in the valley, to the snow blasted edges of Kinder scout.
Go out and enjoy the hills when it lasts.