January – Walk of the Month!

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Otter on the River Tweed!

29th January 2017

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I’ve decided this one is ‘walk of the month’ for January.  We walked it yesterday, having been confined to the house by the truly miserable January weather for a few days.  We convinced ourselves that once we were out and about, all would be well – and it was.  The sun came out followed by all manner of birds and beasts!  I think there was more variety of wildlife on this walk than we’ve ever seen before in one walk!

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The River Tweed and Tweedbank

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15th January 2017

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Just returned from a ramble from Abbotsford House – home of Sir Walter Scott you’ll remember – along the River Tweed which was grey and murky today.  It was a grey and murky day……no sunshine, and the tracks were back to mostly mud rather than mostly  snow and ice – shame really – mud’s not so pretty! Continue reading

Happy New Year!

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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! Continue reading

The Eildon Hills and Mrs Buller’s Explosive Views….

Thursday 21st July 2016

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The walk to Mrs Buller’s Seat which is in the Cicerone Walker’s Guide to The Border Country begins with the following phrase: “A wistful linear stroll from Sir Walter Scott’s favoured viewpoint……”.  Now, if this is ringing bells with you – you get top marks, because we started this walk once before (read about it here: In Scott’s Footsteps ) and cut it short exactly because, along the way, we discovered it was ‘linear’!  So what happened this time?   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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North Berwick – on the beach…

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Yesterday we took advantage of the sunshine – even though there was no thaw in sight – and travelled north for just under an hour to North Berwick in East Lothian.  No snow here but it was freezing cold…..bracing is the word!

Sometimes we catch the bus from North Berwick to Aberlady, a beautiful village on the Firth of Forth with excellent bird watching.  Then we walk back across golf courses and through woodland until we reach the coast path back to North Berwick which is a fair old distance!  Or we might get off the bus at Dirleton, a hamlet a little way inland and about 5 miles out of North Berwick.  There are lovely castle gardens and a tea room to take advantage of before making our way back along the beach.   Continue reading

Trebah Gardens

Sunday 16th August 2015

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We’ve been to Trebah…..lots of other people were there too, it being August and all that.  We had a walk down to the beach, a cup of tea, and then a walk back up to the cafe for lunch and then another walk before sitting down and enjoying the views for a while.

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