Today's walk was to the aptly named Hail Storm Hill. We set off a little late at 12 ish, we parked the car in a flowing stream.. It's normally a cart track but today with the persistent heavy rain, the track was flowing quite well.
Opening the car door was a bit of a struggle, the wind was strong and before we got round to the boot our clothes were a bit damp. Quickly we put on our shell gear which today included my OMM smock. The one i had a problem with water ingress from the main zip a little while ago.
Making some height along the good track up Rooley Moor, all around, the higher ground was shrouded in clag.
At times we had a clear view across the reservoirs to Knowle Hill and the Scout Moor wind turbines.
It wasn't nice walking, head down, rain in the face and eyes and the clag closing in. I wondered about calling it a day but it was good to be out, even as bad it was.
Not a soul was around, only us loonies.
The track has had lots of drainage work done recently with gutters cleared. Today they were flowing fast and noisily.
Once we made the watershed we left the good track and headed east to Top of Leach. It was very boggy but quite quickly the trig point came into view along with the boundary post and the wind shelter.
There was nothing to see today except clag. It was getting a bit cold and Terry's gloves were no use what so ever. They were supposed to be waterproof but they have definitely had their day. We had a quick walk along the boundary path to Hail Storm Hill and although the odd turbine came into view the clag was not going to be clearing.
Backtracking to the shelter on the Leach, we got behind the walls and had a coffee. I was glad i had brought the flask instead of our usual stove and pan. I also brought some of Sheila's Apple and Date flapjacks that she made yesterday.
Thanks Louise for the heads up on the recipe.
The rain was not letting up. Joining back on the moor track we found a brand new scissor jack and a length of rope. Obviously somebody in a 4x4 had got into the ditch and needed help to get out. I put the jack in a spot that it could be found if the owner decided to come back.
About 20 minutes later we were passed by a 4x4, maybe it was his jack.
We got a bit of a shift on as Terry's hands were so cold now. Mine were also cold but dry.
It was great to get back to the car, get the wet gear off and finish what was left of the coffee and kit kats.
I now know my over trousers need re-proofing, but the good news is that the spray proofing i put on the OMM zip (Thunder Shield) and the vaseline at the zip garage seems to have done the trick. The smock didn’t leak whatsoever.