Every Sunday my friends and I try to go hillwalking – mostly in the Pentlands, overlooking Edinburgh. Over the years we’ve had many experiences and all weathers!
My weekly #Pentlands hike
Set off on Turnhouse, Carnethy, Scald Law,
Keep on climbing another two more,
East Kip, West Kip – the fifth and final Peak
Fantastic buzz keeps you going all week
Over the heather and down into Carlops
Out of puff having reached the tops
Directing the tourists, Sunday hikers
Jump out the way of mountain bikers!
Walkers from Flotterstone, Threip and Harlaw
Everyone admires the views that are braw
Bird-watching, gunners, shooting and fishing
Throw a penny in the well for wishing
A man, in the fog, can’t find his wife
The hill-runners, gasping, racing for life
We found wee Mungo – a dog strayed from home
There are always some people hiking alone
A worried ram, horns stuck in a gate
Impatient teenagers having to wait
Deer, dogs, cows, rabbits and sheep
Enough slippy scree to make you weep
Some march along with poles and ice grippers
Others with toddlers and crying nippers
Scouts, Guides and exploring bairns
Leaping for joy at the top of cairns
Fancy prams and trendy pushchairs
Propelling folk in folding wheelchairs
Scooters, skateboards, rollers, tricycle
I can’t believe it – even a unicycle!
Relaxing on blankets sharing out picnics
Taking a breather, throwing in sticks
Families, visitors and friends all ask
Surely there must be an easier task?
Splash over water, wade through the bogs
Sliding and falling off paths made of logs
All on one day – sun, snow, wind and rain
Next week we know we’ll do it all again!