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May

 

Route

Route

Walk Leader

Ashley

Route

Carshope – Gable Burn – Blindburn – east side of Yearning Law – Carlcroft Hill – Carlcroft - Carshope

Weather

Drizzly, cool wind, sunny later on. Temperature varied between 7 degrees C and 13 degrees C.

Walkers

Ashley, Sandy, George, Diane, Richard, Michelle.

Excuses

Bernie - watching the Toon.

Ron - unwell.

Michael - injured ankle

Comments

George and Sandy were half an hour late as a result of taking a wrong turning and risking crossing the military firing range.

There was lots of water in the rivers and burns. One of the fords was impassable and we had to cross several raging burns. Much of the ground was very wet and felt like walking across a trampoline.

We spotted five deer and a buzzard in the first half hour. There were hundreds of little lambs, some not numbered and some frollicking. We saw a settlement with an old Burton biscuit van, and a rusty old prison van or rolling stock.

Lunch was taken in a well-constructed, clean and sheltered sheep pen. After lunch we almost reached the border without going uphill – Ashley called it 'magic valley'. We saw the mountain hut on the border.

There were two SAS-standard stiles next to each other. Although nearly impossible, Sandy crossed one in style although George thought it prudent to keep well out of the way. We passed a sheep's skeleton on its back. There was a TV aerial on top of the hill above the farm.

At the end we saw some cyclists taking part in a sponsored cycle, but not as many as expected.

Wildlife/flora:

Skylarks, lapwing, buzzard, pied wagtail, sandpiper.

Lots of primroses, marsh marigolds.

 

Meal

Twin Farms, Kenton Bankfoot – joined by Evelyn and Michael – nice meal although they messed up our reservation.

 

Photo Gallery

group

 Selection of walkers

 

drizzly

Drizzly

carriage

Train carriage

crossing

Not today

 

valley

Coquet Valley

 

walking

Walking the valley

valley

Valley

hut

Chicken Hut

 

stile

Style

 

michelle

Michelle

stream

Stream

stile

How on Earth...?

coquet

Coquet

 

 

 

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