Happy New Year!


1st January 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s the first walk of the year and the first walk of the 2017 #walk1000miles challenge organised by Country Walking magazine.  It’s all gone a bit mad this year with badges and Facebook groups (there’s even a special one for us ramblers living in Scotland) and progress spreadsheets to download and questions about the right trackers and boots and all sorts of other kit. Personally, I shall be aiming to walk 1000 miles over the year, using my trusty pedometer to measure the miles and wearing my usual walking gear plus waterproofs when I remember to bring them! Oh….and I’ll be writing about some of the walks on here.  So……lets get on with it!

Melrose circular via Lowood Bridge (4.2 miles)

Despite the cold and frosty morning Mr RR and I (that’s us in the top photo!) stepped out for a short ramble around Melrose.  We’ve done this one a couple of times before – I think I last wrote about it here: Meandering around Melrose

Today we were impressed by the number of people out walking.  We’ve never seen so many, – I was a little worried about that chain bridge – which has a notice quite clearly stating that no more than 8 people should walk across at one time!

We were also impressed by the birdlife including some herons, a pair of unidentified geese, a pair of goosander and a lively dipper doing some energetic leaping and diving in the river.

One of several heron we saw today.
Male Goosander
Female Goosander
Goose – possibly a White-fronted hybrid? I’ve contacted an ornithologist friend of mine for info and will update – or if you think you know, comment below! Update – my ornithologist friend (he’s 91 and knows his birds!) believes this to be a rare sighting of the Lesser White Fronted Goose – possibly blown off course and landed here from the Arctic.  I hope it is – that would be quite exciting wouldn’t it?!!
Not a good photo – but this is a dipper having great fun diving in and out of the river – not sure if he’s fishing for food or having a bath or just enjoying himself!

I was feeling decidedly cold as we walked back into Melrose along the river bank, in the last of the days sunshine with a watery rainbow forming behind us and the clouds closing in.



So – 4.2 miles down – 995.8 to go!!

Keep reading – send me some encouraging comments too!  Or let me know if you’re walking 1000 miles this year too.  Love to hear from you.  I’m off to watch Sherlock now!


4 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. karenlerpiniere January 2, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Well done, Julie and thanks for sharing. I measured my usual walk around Paxton House yesterday as my first walk of the year and was disappointed to find it was only 1.5 miles – thought it might be more. Never mind. Added 2 miles from my normal dog walk along the road at home today, so I’m running short of the average but will make it up. Will hopefully catch up with you for some walking too. Happy New Year x


    • ricketyrambler January 2, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Hi Karen….well done! Would love to meet up for some walking. Happy New Year. x


  2. stephen.oliver.1956@gmail.com January 4, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Happy new year to you too. Glad to hear you’re taking up the challenge again – I look forward to lots of RR posts! Steve

    Sent from my iPad



    • ricketyrambler January 4, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Hello! Thanks for commenting. Hope you had a peaceful Christmas and New Year. I’m planning lots of walks for when you next visit…..none of this sitting watching rugby stuff!! xx


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