Peter, Tom, and I set off from Langholm to meet John, Martin, and Ken coming down from Edinburgh at Peebles for 10.00am. The forecast for this morning was not good and when we arrived at the car park in Peebles it was bucketing down. We agreed to go for a coffee and by 11.00am the rain has eased off so we set off along the Tweed. Within 15 minutes the rain was back and for the next 2 hours it was very unpleasant but we voted to continue. Just after the half way point the rain stopped and we actually had a wee bit of sunshine for the last mile of the walk.
The walk was just over 7 miles and on a good day would have been excellent but the path was extremely muddy in places but the crack was good and we did not let a bit of rain spoil an enjoyable walk.
|A happy band of walkers set off before the rain set in. Martin, Peter, John, Tom, and Ken.|
|Tom negotiates the slippy path with Neidpath Castle in the background. Just after I took this photograph he fell flat on his face and was covered in mud.|
|The bridge over the River Tweed just after Lyne station. Part of the walk was along the old Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway.|
|We stopped for lunch at Barns Tower. The Tower is typical of many such fortified houses erected in the Borders during the troubled times of the 15th and 16th centuries. It dates from the late 16th century and has a very old grated iron yett (gate). The building was restored recently to provide an unusual holiday lett for which it gained a special commendation from Scottish Borders Council's Design Awards in 2007. |
|The view over the River Tweed and the tributary the Manor Water on the last leg of the walk when we climed to the highest point of the walk. |