Today, Tuesday, was forecast to be dry and less windy than of late so after our (unsuccessful) viewing of a potential new home this morning we decided to take a walk up to the Albert Tower, which has a commanding view over the town.
This is the view of the tower from our kitchen window.
We walked the 3 minutes from our house up May Hill to the start of the Lhergy Frissel Glen footpaths.
Lhergy Frissell is named after the Frissell family, a branch of the Scottish clan of Frazer. It consists of 16 acres and is divided into two parts by the TT Course. A winding path leads you to the Albert Tower.
The path is quite steep and rough underfoot. Not ideal for anyone with balance problems like me but P took my hand to help me over the tricky bits. I stopped a couple of times for photos and to catch my breath.
At the top we admired the tower, which is 45 feet high and was built of granite and slate to commemorate the royal visit of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria on the 20th of September in 1847. Prince Albert was rowed ashore at Ballure then made his way up the glen. (He must have been pretty fit)
We also admired the variety of mast trees which seem to thrive up here.