Friday, 20 December 2013

#39 Barton Hills

10.87 Miles
273 Metres Ascent

Back into the Barton Hills for a muddy adventure!  Bedfordshire generally has two types of mud, claggy boot clinging mud across some fields and slippy slidey gloop along tracks.  This walk happily had both!  The day was unseasonably warm above 10c, so I managed with just a shirt.  Layering is proving complicated this season.

From Deacon Hill
I followed the same route as this walk in May.  With a slight variation up to the top of Deacon Hill to eat a pork pie, well you can't eat a pork pie without reaching the top of something can you!  This hill has great views over towards Bedford, and could be a good wild camp spot, although the beer cans in the bushes suggest it wouldn't be quiet in summer...!

Sat upon the trig point on Deacon Hill I started to get a little cold.  The temperature had dropped markedly to around 6 then 4 degrees.  The sun was still out so I was a bit surprised how quickly it dropped, with an hour before sunset. 

December has been pretty good so far as far as the weather (despite the storms!) is concerned and I've avoided the bad bits, so far!  Not sure that will last.

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