Friday was a walk up and round Hopes on a re-validation for the East Lothian Council’s Local Hillwalk Leadership Award. The group was made up staff form the Countryside Rangers and the Outdoor Ed Service.
Despite the Rangers being subjected to some devious navigational challenges, it didn’t seem to deter them from some eagle-eyed wildlife spotting. Highlights for me included seeing my first Ring Ouzel in ages – and of course the Lesser Celandine.
For those that want to pick over the details of where we went, the following is a live map of the GPS track of our route – unfortunately I forgot to turn off the device before driving home (again)! You can zoom in and turn on the satellite photos to see exactly where we went, or click on the ‘Start Marker’ to open in the Garmen Connect player. It is pretty accurate – the lack of points in some places is unfortunate and probably due to the fact that I confused the darn thing by adding on an additional 15km drive at well above walking pace. (And NO I didn’t use it to ‘cheat’ through the day, it was in my bag!)