Category Archives: Borders

Romans and Reivers: 8 – The tribute of a grateful tear

Whita Hill: 1.5 miles 33mins 87m ascent R&R Wilton Dean 2.9 miles  1h 28min  89m ascent On our previous R&R outing we reached the place we had thought was the end of the trail only to find R&R signposts pointing onwards. We had … Continue reading

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Romans and Reivers: 7 – towards the end

10.9 miles 5h 1m  ascent 361m The quarry near Camp Burn to the Dunlop bench in Hawick “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway This … Continue reading

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Romans and Reivers: 6 – Larches and Hail

7.8 miles 3h 10m ascent 320m Craik forest circular via the quarry near Camp Burn Lesser celandine, primrose, daisy, larches, Borthwick Water, wee dog, hail and wind. This is a short straightforward section. We had 13 miles of the R&R … Continue reading

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Romans and Reivers: 5 – Craik Forest

7.7 miles 3hours ascent 295m Craik Forest Car Park to Craik Cross Hill and return This was a straightforward and relatively short route for once. We parked in Craik Forest car park and followed the R&R way markers up to … Continue reading

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Romans and Reivers: 4 – across the White Esk

14.2 miles 5h 50m ascent 484m Garwaldwaterfoot to Craik Cross Hill My original plan had been to walk from Garwaldwaterfoot to Craik Forest, a linear walk of about 10.5 miles, but getting there with cars at each end would have … Continue reading

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The Southern Upland Way

The 212.6 miles of the southern upland way include coastal cliffs, upland moors, hills and mountains, meadows, riverbanks, loch side paths, farmland, parkland, woodland, country estates, paths across dams, farm tracks, drove roads, roman roads, ancient trade routes, and coffin … Continue reading

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Southern Upland Way: the Eastern Marches

The eastern section of the SUW, from the River Tweed at Yair to the North Sea is 50.2 of the SUW’s 212 miles, though our journey clocked up 54.1 miles with 2628m ascent. This took us across the Tweed three times, over … Continue reading

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SUW19: The coast to coast complete

12 miles 5h 33m  ascent 414m Route: SUW Abbey St Bathans to Cockburnspath, plus Cove Harbour This was the final leg of our Southern Upland Way trek and the weather forecast was for heavy rain all day, the TV news … Continue reading

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SUW18: Ginger beer by the Whiteadder

10 miles 4h 35m ascent 332m Route: SUW Watch Water Reservoir; Highest point 316m on Commonside It was another long drive in for this walk, and we were held up in traffic on a very minor road near Millburn Bridge. … Continue reading

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SUW17: The Lammermuirs

13.6 miles  5h 22m  ascent 552m Route: SUW Lauder to Watch Water Reservoir, highest point Twin Law 447m It was three and a quarter hours of driving to get to the start, having left a car at Watch Water. From … Continue reading

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