A journey to Potterland Hill
Usually on my birthday we do the journey to the Roof of the World. But no-one else was able to go this year, and I didn't really feel like doing an epic on my own. So I took the cross bike and dawdled through places with sentimental interest to me, on the way to a site of special sentimental interest, the summit of Potterland Hill.
Potterland Hill is not as high as Screel, but is much harder to get to the top of. So most people never do. It was always thus, but it used to be thus because the peak was covered in a dense plantation of mainly exotic conifers. In the past year the exotic species have been cleared off the cleared from the upper slopes, leaving a few surviving native trees as seed sources. But right on the crest is a little remaining top-knot of Scots pine, and that is a magical place.
Oct 17, 2009