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…

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…

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…

Windmills and daring do

Not windy miller but Vyv Wood-Gee the Fell pony adventurer and sometimes Countryside Management Consultant. Vyv did the initial feasibility study in 2002  and project managed the establishment of the South of Scotland Countryside Trails which are the backbone of this project. Spent a fantastic but all too short time with Vyv and her animal collective hearing…

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Nice trip over to Glentress this morning to talk to the forestry commission’s recreation ranger. Very productive meeting looking forward to working with FCS as the project progresses. Went for a recce to Cardrona Forest, a bit dreich* but beautiful and so peaceful, a long steady winding climb up to an old hill fort with spectacular views…

Southern Uplands Partnership

So this project comes under the banner of the Southern Upland’s Partnership, who are they? They are many things, involved in lots of exciting projects not only in the Scottish Borders but also Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire. More about the charity is here. What can SUP so for you? Project Development and Management Community…

4 Star start to the day

Starting to get out more now the festive season is over. What a way to start the day…       In a perfect spot to access the many miles of the Tweed valley forest trails and the old cross-border drovers’ route. They have a neighbouring farmer with stables and a paddock on site suitable to be converted to a…