The higher hills of the Cheviot range got their first real snow of the winter on Friday night and with not having been out for a week it was time to blow out the cobwebs. Although the forecast did not promise a great day as it turn out no sooner had I set off the snow stopped, the clouds lifted and out popped the sun to reveal a glorious day, so much for my navigation practice. My route took me from Lindhope Spout, up towards Great Staindrop before joining the track to the summit of Hedgehope hill for some great views from a rather cold blustery top. On the way down I took a detour to Cat Crag on the SW side of Dunmoor hill before returning to the car at Heartside and off for well deserved pint. Great to be walking back on snow and frozen ground but where it’s not frozen my god it’s wet, never known these hills to be so saturated and their not know for their desert like properties, gaiters are mandatory. Another blue sky day and sharp frost this morning, so I can’t sit here any longer, time to don the boots and head out.