GI­ANT STRIDES

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Here’s an­other phe­nom­e­non that can hap­pen any­where, pro­vided you are rea­son­ably high up. Walk­ing above low­ly­ing cloud is al­ways breath­tak­ing (and gives you the smug feel­ing that ev­ery­one un­der the fog blan­ket thinks it’s a lousy day). But if the sun is be­hind you and con­di­tions are right, you may also end up with your very own Brocken spec­tre – your own shadow, ap­par­ently mag­ni­fied at least ten­fold, ris­ing over the cloud be­low with a rain­bow-coloured halo (a ‘glory’) as its crown. They are es­pe­cially com­mon in au­tumn as you’re more likely to get lay­ers of cool air trapped low in val­leys, caus­ing the cloud in­ver­sion that kicks them off.

 WALK HERE: Any ridge, above any valley – if you’re lucky.

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