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…

Auld Skuil

Does what it says on the tin, the old skuil is an impressive double height airy space with great accessibility for all. You can see your horse across the road in the stables while you have breakfast. Sandra lives next door in the old headmaster house and is on hand for local route knowledge as she…

Wild West

Having been South for a number of years, it is exciting to see ‘proper’ snow again! I suspect that will soon wear off… From East to West and today its Dunsyre right on the edge of the Scottish Borders. This chap made the visit worthwhile, ohh and Hilary’s tea and biscuits! This is the 1st of…

Herring

East coast today, off to see the sea. Eyemouth is not somewhere I had been before but what a great place, with its bustling fishing harbour overlooked by Guns Green House but more on that later The reason for my visit was to see Dani at Eat Sleep Ride. ESR is a social enterprise targeting people experiencing…

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…

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…

The Journey Begins – #RSHC

“Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.” ~ John Trotwood Moore Ride Scotland’s Horse Country is a LEADER funded project, the project officer Gowan Miller was appointed in December 2017. The project is generously supported by