Friday 8th Nov.
Mary had celebrated her birthday week by taking time off work. On Friday the weather looked good for a bit of a run over the Pentlands. Around midday we had coffee and cake in the excellent Pentlands Cafe at Flotterstone. Unusually we sat in, rather than carried out, and while there, bumped into a couple who asked us about routes over the Pentlands. Although walkers they seemed very fit and talked about cycling trips through Europe (Finland to Thailand?!!!) and were not only up for adventures but doing it in an admirably eco fashion. They had arrived in Edinburgh off a train, rather than out a car. (And it wasn't a budget thing as they were also talking about an interest in Shand cycles.)
our pals from the cafe
The forecast was mixed - sunny to start, then cloudy, then sunny again. The forecast has been a bit all over the place recently and not terribly reliable. However that was exactly the outcome and just about exactly to schedule.
The hills behind South Black Hill (possibly the Lammermuirs) getting a bit of a downpour. We had braced ourselves for worse weather but happily it didn't arrive.
cloud clearing away
never an easy climb up Bells
sun shining and still water made for great photos
sun going down behind Turnhouse
10+ miles and 3.5hrs fun