Headed to the upper Manorburn for a look while the road is still open. Zero ice but had a few skates in different places (including skating on the river!) on the way out. Also a bit of a treat skating in an irrigation canal.
Finished of with a skate on black ice on Coalpit Dam. Great ice there - just a good frost away from really safe ice.
All in all an unexpected and fantastic start to the season.
Coalpit Dam: Ice is nearly thick enough for a safe skate. Black ice up to 40mm. If there is a frost tomorrow skate on the far side under the trees. Check first.
Poolburn: Black ice over most of the dam. Thickness varies. Needs a frost or two to make safe. If you go take care and test before getting on and have a safety plan as there will be no one there to help.