Great Skiing on Kilhope Law nr Allenheads, Northumberland

Nine Loipers enjoyed a splendid afternoon of skiing on Monday 4th Jan making use of the best winter snow this year (and last). Indications from weather forecast and from local ski clubs postings suggested that we would be in for a good outing.

Abiding by government Covid guidelines for Tier 4 (skiing in pairs – ‘one other person outdoors’), we skied from the bridge just outside Allendale village at 400m altitude up to the summit of Kilhope Law at 673m – a round trip of 8km. We had good snow all the way.

The summit was a bit bleak but we also had a few glimpses of the sun and some lovely views. The photos tell their own story.

Ben Haywood Smith making first tracks up the hill – photo by Tim Elliott.
Robert Bullock skiing up from just above Allenheads – photo by John Dark
The trig point at 673m – photo by John Dark.
The brick shed below the summit provided some shelter for lunch – photo by Alan Mitcham

This turned out to be probably our last ski tour for a few weeks (and possibly the last this season). Our revered Prime Minister announced on Monday evening that England was going into a national lockdown (our third since March 2020). So sadly we will not now be able to travel outside our immediate local area. Our best snow for a couple of years (at least) remains out of reach!