We decided to check Poolburn just to see if there was any ice around. Water level at Poolburn is very low this year. There was a covering of thin ice over some of the dam but not enough the skate (not to mention the open water showing....)
After a bit of exploring we were treated to a skate in a small bay. Great to be on the ice again!! First skate of the season!
The drive to the Upper Manorburn was fabulous - good driving through the spectacular rugged landscape. Feels like big country. The last time Dave and I (with Alan and Mark) had visited was in 2010 when we skated the Upper ManorBurn through to the Greenland Reservoir. The only ice we saw this time was in a gorge near the top. Great to be out in the winter landscape.
|Dave P - small bay on Poolburn|
|Plants under the ice|
|Gorge on the way to Upper Manorburn|
|Checking the ice anywhere we could find it.|
Idaburn - a little ice in the main basin against the bank. Not enough to skate.
Coalpit - ice across the whole dam but too thin to skate. 10-15mm
Poolburn - thin ice across much of the main bay. Water in some areas. Not skate-able but can
find the odd patch if you hunt around (for the brave...)