Saturday 24 March 2018

Walking the Umbrella Walk for the Buccleuch Centre

Today along with Iona Butlin and Ian Graham we walked the Langholm Rotary Club Umbrella Walk to raise money for The Buccleuch Centre. Iona and Ian photographed here with Frankie Steele who was acting as a marshall for the event.
Some of the walkers along the Potholm road
Langholm Cricket Club walked in full gear in aid of the Cricket Club
The three walkers raising money for The Buccleuch Centre and we raised £190 which will be added to by three local trusts that support the walk plus Gift Aid so we have had a very successful event. There were 195 walkers at Langholm and about 40 at Canonbie so I think it could be a record year with between £13K-£15K raised for over 20 different organisations in the community. This is a great legacy from my late good friend Alastair Davies who thought up the idea many years ago and Langholm & Canonbie walkers have raised well over £100K since he started it.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Canonbie Walk Yet Again

We had planned a walk along the River Annan but Tom had to put signs up for the Langholm Rotary Club Canonbie Umbrella Walk on Saturday so he insisted we helped him with this. Once again it caused many arguments but Tom managed to get his own way almost all of the time. I hope Langholm Rotary Club appreciate how much work he has done in preparing this walk. 
John and myself at the Meeting of the Waters after having cursed Tom for the last 2 miles but its just water of a Duck's back and it certainly makes for an interesting walk.
The final set of way markers where to be honest none were needed as there is no other way to go but then as usual Tom wins the argument. 
A fallen tree across the path so I will send this to the Access Officer at D & G Council to see if it can be removed fairly soon.  
Another land slip at the Dead Nook Pool 
As always at Canonbie we time our walk to finish in time for the Community Cafe opening and enjoy Tea, Scone, and Cake for a very reasonable price. 

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Martin's Birthday Walk on the Cross Border Drove Road

We all met up in Peebles for Martin's Birthday Walk which took us up Hamilton Hill and then onto the Cross Border Drove road. Unfortunately John had to call off at the last minute as he had to take his daughter for a hospital appointment.
Elizabeth and Tom crossing the Tweed. We must get Tom a new hat as this one is about 20 years past its sell by date.
Neidpath Castle which looks like it is now closed to the public 
Martin and Tom having yet another discussion about the route we should be going. I should add that Martin is nearly always right and Tom is very often wrong.
Martin leads the way through one of the many snowdrifts 
Elizabeth tackling the snowdrift with ease
After a steady climb we reach the plateau of Hamilton Hill
Despite all the snow of the last 10 days it was amazing how dry the hill was. It looks as if all the snow blew off the hill into the sheltered dykes and the Cross Border Drove Road which was full of snow 
We are now on The Cross Border Drove Road and in deep snow 
Heading through the woods before we reach the top of Hamilton Hill 
Sandria and Elizabeth can talk and walk with great ease
The toughest part of the Cross Border Drove Road 
Elizabeth celebrates getting out of the snowdrifts. We were soon back in Peebles and enjoying a lovely meal in Osso's Restaurant.

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Checking out the Canonbie Umbrella Walk route

Its almost time for the Langholm and Canonbie Umbrella Walks so Tom decided we should check out the Canonbie route as he is once again in charge of it. We were joined by David and Bowman and Ruger for the first time since New Year's Day as of course David has been in Barbados for almost 2 months. The dogs are great company with Bowman taking the lead and never straying from the route while young Ruger covers twice the ground and is constantly disappearing, but never for long. 
The dogs go for a swim in the Liddel
Tom and Bowman check out the seat placed there in memory of Alastair Davies and recently moved to a safer spot due to flood damage to the ground nearby.  
Canonbie Kirk with the last remnants of last weeks snow still in the field.
Another paddle for the dogs this time in the Esk
H & H King should get their people to learn to spell. Well spotted David. We finished our walk with a nice lunch in the Whiteshiels Cafe.

Saturday 3 March 2018

Feed the Birds on Foot

Since the snow arrived on Tuesday night we were concerned that nobody had been to the Bird  Hide to feed the birds so Bob and Nancy and I set out to walk the 6 mile round trip to top up the feeders. 
There were some huge Snow Drifts to negotiate but no problem to Nancy
We made it to the feeders and gave them some much needed seed and peanuts and headed back via the road. It is only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles as this slush is now solid ice.
A very picturesque scene at Border Esk

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