Saturday, 15 September 2012

To Hell and back

We decided to have a day out on the last day of the summer holidays. A trip to Troup Head to see the gannets (not that there were *that* many left), a barbecue on the beach and then a walk to Hell's Lum. We had first spotted Hell's Lum from the distance, when we visited Peace Camp. Today we decided to see if we could explore it.

Looking towards Pennan from the path to Fort Fiddes, and then looking across to Hell's Lum.

It was a steep scramble...

... but we managed it no problem.

Reaching the top here ...

... we could see a glimmer of light in the distance, and hear the sea.

The tunnel stretches right through the headland and is very impressive.

We scrambled our way back up, which wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. Seems rather ironic that, after all this scrambling up and down very steep slopes, I managed to badly sprain my ankle immediately on returning home - by running to get the washing in as it had started raining! So I haven't been out walking since, and going by the slow rate of progress with my ankle it'll be a good few weeks more before I'm walking anywhere much - let alone somewhere like Hell's Lum. 

Not really the best way to end the holidays - or to start a new job!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona, thank you for showing us a bit of land. I remember Troup Head. there were indeed hundreds of gunnets then, back in June. But we never landed there.
sorry to hear about the ankle, though.