Drovers Run

Starting at Peebles from the large car park on Kingsmeadow Road (with toilets) we followed a quiet road opposite, to where it joins the Drove road on the south east side of the town. The road quickly starts climbing uphill between the two drove walls and onto Craig Head on towards Kailze Hill. The drove…

Roman and Reivers Part I

The Romans and Reivers route follows old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and short sections of quiet lane through the heart of notorious Reivers country,  this route has been developed with multi-use in mind, including self-closing gates etc. It’s a great route if you have family or friends who wish to accompany you – or…

Lessons learnt

  So today was about Craik towards Eskdalemuir. I parked at Craik forest car park just past Daniele’s Meadshaw Farm and Curlew Cottage on the Roman and Reivers Route The day didn’t start so well with a heavy cold,  after a slightly later start than planned we headed up to Craik moor. As I wheezed my way…

Planning 2 Suceed

The group (see left)  met at Hownam and Beirhope where the menagerie has grown since I was here last, runner ducks now add to the fun! First order of business was getting tucked into Lynne’s custard cream tray bake #priorities There was a lot to get through as the group has now elected a chair and vice…

Stormy Irene

More trail surveys today, started from Yair and picked up the Southern Upland Way from Yair bridge and up to the 3 Brethren and onto Minch Moor.     It started well, lovely and sunny up through the forest which is a mix of FC plantings and some native woodland on the edges for a nice…

Roll up, roll up

Our 1st networking evening and a chance to share what the project is all about and hear from the experiences of Janet Cochrane one of the founders of Ride Yorkshire. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with over 30 people including many of the Planning to Succeed group, Janet shared with us how their project came to fruition and their…

Off the grid

Just 15 minutes from the office yet it could be 50 miles, feels remote but still within easy reach of Selkirk is the beautiful Friarshawmuir farm with Duncan, Jane and the Sheep, Goats, Alpaca, Highland Cows, Horses, Chickens and Pigs! You can stay in the self-catering but much more fun is the Shepherds hut tucked…

3rd time lucky

Weather is hampering play and with Hownam being on the edge of the Cheviots it can be challenging getting there in this weather but perseverance! Lynne defrosted me with tea and biscuits followed by a tour of the farm followed by more tea. Lots have been written about what Lynne has taken on but I was excited…

First signs of Spring

Wiltonburn B&B is leading the charge to spring with crocuses just pushing through and the snowdrops in full bloom. Spent a lovely morning with Sheila Shell in her Cashmere shop, tried to ignore all the lovely things surrounding me and not spend spend spend! Sheila and her friends regularly ride all the local routes around here and participate in many…

L’époque médiévale

Horses but not as we know them (and a goat). Today took me to visit the insanely talented and lovely Les Amis equestrian stunt team near Jedburgh. They have accommodation on site for longer stays but they have almost completed their arena so keep an eye out for upcoming shows and perhaps you could go to…