Arthur’s Seat

Walk Twenty Two – Arthur’s Seat

This was the culmination of our (mine and Christine’s) walk around Edinburgh on Saturday 10th of October.

Spectacular views from the square next to Edinburgh Castle.
Spectacular views from the square next to Edinburgh Castle.
More wonderful views from the square next to Edinburgh Castle.
More wonderful views from the square next to Edinburgh Castle.

We had already walked from the centre of the city up to the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, then walked around that. After an hour and a half of walking we then went to the Camera Obscura…and walked around that. We then descended the lovely Royal Mile back down to Holyrood before hitting the base of the range of upland which would take us up to Arthur’s Seat. Around ten minutes into the walk, Chris bailed – well it was her birthday weekend and I suppose asking her to walk up this steep little beast could be seen by some as a bit cruel. The weather was thankfully behaving rather well, the day before I had experienced cold on the train before we even arrived at the Arctic circle – Scotland.

 

It looks a long way to the top...but it really wasn't, thankfully.
It looks a long way to the top…but it really wasn’t, thankfully.
Oh dear, Arthur's Seat is blocked from our vision by erm...
Oh dear, Arthur’s Seat is blocked from our vision by erm…

At the end of the nice, flat and comfortable to walk upon path; Chris took a left towards a lovely looking lake and I went right…up a soddin’ big hill! Undeterred, I carried on, even though I was wearing jeans – never good for walking wear and Clark’s shoes – definitely not good footwear for grass let alone hill walking. I soon began to pass people as I was on a mission, I didn’t want to leave Chris sat on her own for very long, it would be just rude! The path became progressively steeper – and more polished rock became apparent. I feared a fall…

 

 

A steady stream of fellow ascenders comes into view.
A steady stream of fellow ascenders comes into view.
Ah the view to...I have no idea!
Ah the view to…I have no idea!

All of a sudden, as often happens when hill walking, the summit appeared to be much closer now. I could hear the murmur of hordes of people all excitedly chatting away. This was the lowest summit I had climbed all year, but with perhaps the exception of Whernside in June, this was also the busiest hill that I had ascended. I paused a while to take in the scenery as I had been going pretty much full speed thus far.

 

 

A few people were a bit happy about their achievement!
A few people were a bit happy about their achievement!
Some people just prefer to sit around and contemplate.
Some people just prefer to sit around and contemplate.

As I expected, the tiny twin summits were heaving with fellow tourists and walkers. This doesn’t do justice to just how many people were gathered in such a small area, it made Snowdon look empty by comparison. I loitered at the top for roughly five minutes, listening to some kids boasting about being at the highest point in Scotland – hmmm as the 1,900′ Pentland Hills were right behind them, not to mention Ben Nevis etc…Geography is apparently not everyone’s strong suit (I know it isn’t mine!).My descent off the hill top was even quicker than my ascent up it had been. I was on a mission, well, two actually:

  1. Don’t fall over
  2. Get back to Chris as soon as possible

 

Farewell lovely little hill
Farewell lovely little hill

I managed to achieve both criteria and it must have taken me just twenty minutes to arrive back at the parting of the ways where I had left her some fifty minutes before.

Summary

This was a lovely, frisky little walk up a seriously steep little hill. I hadn’t wanted to do this alone but by the same token I didn’t want to pass up the chance of climbing this famous little hill as I don’t know when (if ever) I’ll be in this vicinity again – I do hope that we do go to Edinburgh again as it’s wonderful.

Song of the walk – Song of the walk: Emmelie De Forest – Drunk Tonight Again!!!


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