Coldstream and The Hirsel

12th July 2016

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It’s been a while I know, but here’s another ramble…..I promise to try and pick up the pace a bit and walk more!!  That’s enough about that!

This morning we followed a walk from a little book called ‘The Scottish Borders – 40 favourite walks’ by Robbie Porteous.  Part of it we’ve done before and you can read about it here: The Hirsel Country Park.  This walk begins in the town of Coldstream and wends its way along the banks of the River Tweed and through Dundock Woods before reaching The Hirsel. Continue reading

Two Lochs and some views

22nd May 2016

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Lovely day today…..’spiffing’ – the middle son said and he was right.

We ventured out on the second of the paths around Abbotsford from the Scottish Borders Council booklet (which you can download for free from their website, or pick up for £2 at Abbotsford House).  This, just over 4 mile circular route, included a  linear detour to Cauldshiels Loch, a path alongside Faldonside Loch and some truly stunning views.

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The Philosopher, the Witches and Hen Poo Lake

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Let’s not mention the weather today…..

This morning we made our way to the town of Duns (pronounced Dunce) to follow a walk from a new book of mine called ‘Walks for All Ages – 20 Circular Walks in the Scottish Borders’.  As you can imagine, nothing too strenuous – which is okay at the moment!  This was meant to be a 3.75 mile easy walk through the grounds of Duns Castle to be accomplished in 2 hours.  I’m not convinced it was that long, unless it was just that it was all on the level and we were walking fairly quickly due to the unmentionable conditions.  Never mind, it was nonetheless, a lovely walk around a beautiful estate managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and lacked only a tea room at the end! – one to go back to in the spring I think. Continue reading

The Hirsel Country Park

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year!!

For those who don’t already know, the best news is that Mr RR and I have become Nanna and Papa RR whilst we’ve been away!  A gorgeous little boy, born between Christmas and New Year and doing very well on his journey to becoming the Littlest RR.

Littlest RR has, of course, become my favourite subject of conversation but…..on to the walking – of which there has been very little in the last couple of months.  Here I am though, determined to get fit (again) and starting over with the rambles.  I’m not promising any great milage this year – there’s a lot of work to do on our new house and any walking will have to be fitted in around that – but hopefully I’ll be able to inspire you with a few ramblings around The Scottish Borders and Northumberland and later in the year we might be able to go further afield and see more of Scotland. Continue reading

Acorn Bank

Saturday, 5th September 2015

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We left bonny Scotland today and travelled down the M6 towards our overnight stop in Cheshire.  On the way we avoided the motorway service stations and instead made our way to Acorn Bank, about 6 miles from Penrith for a lunch break and a stroll around the gardens.  This is a National Trust property described in their blurb as a ‘tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past’ (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/acorn-bank/ ).  They are right – it’s an interesting property which not only provided us with a much need coffee break and a tasty lunch, but a chance to walk in their gardens, orchards and acres of ‘wild garden’ – mostly woodland with a pretty river flowing through it. Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Friday 4th September 2015

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After nearly a week of driving around Perthshire, Fife and The Scottish Borders we’ve finally found the one!  So….fingers crossed all will go well and I’ll be blogging from Scotland by Christmas!

It’s been exhausting and stressful and we were desperately in need of a good walk by Friday. We started with a visit to the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre (scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/queen-elizabeth-forest-park/the-lodge-forest-visitor-centre ) for an early lunch and then made our way along one of their clearly marked trails to the Red Squirrel Hide before driving the short distance to Loch Ard for a walk with views.

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Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

Enjoy!  – especially the Red Squirrels – they are so adorable! Continue reading