Today (Thursday) was one of those beautifully crisp, dry and sunny winter days with hardly a breath of wind. My walking partner suggested we take advantage of the weather and have a good morning's walk and lunch out before my enforced period of rest starts next Monday.
I drove us to Laxey, a few miles south down the coast, and we parked at Ham and Egg Terrace, opposite the tram station. The terrace was given that nickname back when the residents of the terrace of little cottages used to sell food and beverages from their front rooms.
We walked uphill, past the Great Laxey Wheel and the salmon farm to the tiny village of Agneash. We could see across the valley to the Snaefell Mountain Railway track leading up to the mountain road and on up the Peak at Snaefell.
We nimbly hopped over a stile and continued up over a couple of fields, very boggy after the wet winter we have had so far.
At the top we paused by the disused mine building to catch our breath and take in the view.
As we descended back towards Laxey we stopped to visit the Megalithic tomb known as King Orry's Grave. However, as the tomb predates the arrival of the Vikings by a century or two, it is unlikely to be his bones resting there.
Lunch was a very tasty fish chowder at the Ballacregga Corn Mill cafe. A very pleasant interlude with a very pleasant companion.
Now back home for a hot shower and a cup of tea.
Whilst I was out walking, P met a friend for a run over the fells. He said it was freezing up there so we had been lucky with our walk lower down. He took this photo from the top....brrr...