Buzz words

Now as anyone knows Scotland is always sunny. Right? It has been a few weeks of unprecedented heat which means lots of early starts to try to avoid the heat and picking as many shady routes as possible. Jedburgh and the circular (sort of) riding route, not as long as Hawick but it packs a…

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…

Spain, a henge and hospitality

A trip West to Weston Farm, Dunsyre and the handsome Henry my steed for the next few days. Henry is Carey’s horse which he kindly lent me to go exploring on, Henry is part Andalusian and once underway is like a Spanish galleon in full sail, steady but determined and he is not phased by…

Sunbathing and faerie folk

A busy couple of days and what glorious weather – see its always sunny in Scotland! The bank holiday saw us head up from Corby Linn on the Philiphough estate to the 3 Brethren, this route nicely links Sunnycroft Farm B&B to Minchmoor and onto Peebles. It was quite busy as it was a holiday…

Cheviot Hills and more Roman Roads

Hills, hills and more hills as far as the eye can see and with hills comes wide open grassy tracks that shout canter. Even if your mount is a bit fresh, just point it up one of the hills around here and sense will soon prevail.   Today I had company for my survey, myself…

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…