Peel Hill: 2.77 miles, 536 ft ascent – great for families and dogs

How can one resist the opportunity to walk round Peel Hill? I was on my way to Evensong at Peel Cathedral, and having completed my work commitments and done an hour in the garden, this seemed like the perfect contribution to the events of the day. A short walk that anyone can do with reasonable fitness. There are some fairly steep uphill sections that might not suit everyone.

It wasn’t the best weather, slightly drizzly and foggy, muddy underfoot in places, no long views, no great skies, but still sublime. It’s good to see the countryside when it isn’t at its best. It reminds us that nature has its own agenda and we have to take advantage of what it gives us throughout the seasons.

I had barely gone a few steps when I saw a pied wagtail, and a little further on, where I stopped to take the photo of Peel, a stonechat, both engrossed in their own activities. After that, it was mostly sheep as you will see.

I followed the path on the lower reaches of the eastern side of the hill, which brings you out toward the middle of the range of hills. I continued left towards Corrin Tower which was shrouded in mist. As I reached the far end of the hummocks, I was lucky to get a view towards Glen Maye and beyond. I then turned back along the western lower route eventually joining the main path which leads across the top of the hills down to the Castle

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Peel Castle  and Fenella Beach

Peel and the River Neb

A misty view to the south

Getting mistier

The high point of Corrin’s Tower

Even the sheep are mystified

And at last, some distant views to the south

The pleasant path along the western side

The sheep cling to the hillside

And back..

 

 

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