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u3a Walking Group One - Hammers Hill, Rendall - 13 June, 2024

by Tim Wright - 17:10 on 14 June 2024

Eight of us met at Barbara Todd's house to walk on the Hammers Hill in Rendall.The weather, for a change, was dry, sunny and reasonably warm. We set off with the intention of locating the Hogback Millennium Sculpture put there by Malcolm Olva. The first part of the walk is up the farm track to the Mast on the top of the Rendall Hill .At the ruined croft house, one goes right up an old and very overgrown peat track. This is uneven but drier than the last time I went up. After a half mile a small recycled float points to the right and one hundred yards there is the "Hogback on the Hill" sculpture. There is a sort of face at one end plus fish and shell motifs upon the body as well as a large inscription showing that it is indeed the sculpture. The question really is why is it there and how on earth did they get all the stone up there to build it? Pondering these questions, we set off on some sheep tracks to regain the mast road. Arriving at the mast we carried on a short way to look at the view over Harry and to the Brough of Birsay. It was a little too hazy for good photos. Then we had a short rest and refreshment and made our way back down by way of the farm track. A 4.5 mile walk with good views and a successful conclusion to our Hogback on the Hill mission. Many thanks to Barbara and David for the use of their drive for parking.

The next meeting will be Friday 12th July.

Keep moving,


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