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Caithness Waybaggers 2 June 2002 Walk
Loch Hope And Arnaboll

A full minibus of walkers set off on a damp morning from Wick.  On the way west the rain was heavier and there were foggy patches. By the time we reached our starting point at the head of the River Hope seven miles past Tongue it was clearer and drier. We followed the track in on the edge of Loch Hope and stopped at Arnaboll cottage for a cup of tea and something to eat.  The sun had come out and it was lovely and warm. There was a cemetery on the hill behind the cottage dating back to the 17th century

We carried on along the shores of Loch Hope. Low cloud on Ben Hope stopped us from seeing the top but the mountain (the most northerly Munro) still looked majestic.  We stopped for a wee bit of lunch or a big lunch if you had plenty sandwiches. Some of us scrambled up the side of Loch Hope and took a higher walk back to the starting point.  Others went back along the shore. We had a heavy shower of rain but did not get too wet. Some of the group saw a Golden Eagle. We also saw deer in the woods and heard the cuckoo singing.

As it is 10 years since the Caithness Waybaggers walking group has been formed we decided to go for our tea. We had a lovely meal at the Craggan Hotel in Melness.  Robert the Secretary of the group cut a cake to celebrate some good walking times in the last 10 years.