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A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill


Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:26 pm

Route description: Eildon Hills, from Melrose

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Black Hill (Borders), Eildon Mid Hill

Date walked: 30/12/2012

Time taken: 3 hours

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Forecast was dry down Melrose way so headed down the Borders to walk the Eildon Hills. This was to be my last trip of the year along with Kim and it was a nice easy end to the year. We initially tried to come from the south up St Cuthberts Way but parking was a problem so we drove round and did the walk from the golf course. The Walkhighlands route starts from the Abbey and this may be a better option as our route up after crossing the burn at the golf course was very muddy but higher up was ok. The path took us between the two hills and firstly we climbed the Marilyn and then over to the other one and back to a craggy bit where we got shelter out the wind for lunch. There is also a smaller top to the south which we didn't bother with. We returned firstly taking the path that leads back to the Abbey and leaving it to walk alongside the burn back to the car. 2hrs in total.

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Eildon Hill 422m

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Black Hill

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Melrose

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Eildon Hill 404m

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Path to 404m Hill

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Bowdenmoor

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Melrose

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371 & 422

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Crags, our lunch spot

Once at the car we drove up to walk Black Hill and driving up the B6356 there is parking for 2-3 cars at the start of the walk which is waymarked. The signs lead you along the side of the farm and then up a track which follows the tree line to the ridge of Black hill. An easy ridge walk takes you to the summit. We returned the same way. The was a nice wee walk with an easy gradual climb all the way to the summit. 1hr for this one.

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Start for Black Hill

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Black Hill

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A horse

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Right here to join the ridge

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Ridge

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Path to the summit

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South to Rubens Law

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Eildon Hills

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The start

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View north east

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View towards the Cheviots
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Johnny Corbett
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby Scotsman2012 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:24 pm

The photo of the horse with the 'description' underneath made me chuckle! :D
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby gmr82 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:11 pm

Thanks JC, another virgin s2000 report is always good to see. Just realised I've been along that road before to 'Scott's View' (just below Bemersyde Hill), worth a little drive up if you take in this hill. Wasn't into hillwalking at this point though, but a trip back to take in Black Hill is in order, good that its near the A68 too.
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby morag1 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:03 pm

A great way to see out the old year Johnny, all the best to you and Kim for 2013 :D
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:08 am

Scotsman2012 wrote:The photo of the horse with the 'description' underneath made me chuckle! :D
Thanks :D
gmr82 wrote:Thanks JC, another virgin s2000 report is always good to see. Just realised I've been along that road before to 'Scott's View' (just below Bemersyde Hill), worth a little drive up if you take in this hill. Wasn't into hillwalking at this point though, but a trip back to take in Black Hill is in order, good that its near the A68 too.
Cheers its a nice wee hill and ideal for the winter :)
morag1 wrote:A great way to see out the old year Johnny, all the best to you and Kim for 2013 :D
Thanks, same to yourself :D
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby mgmt! » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:12 pm

yes johnny, " a horse " ? would be good to no the horse,s name !!
all the best to you and kim for 2013.
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby jonny616 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:06 pm

lived in the boarders for 7 years and never managed any of this walks. looks good 8)
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby SusieThePensioner » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:11 pm

Two lovely walks and you get some great views from the Eildon Hills :D
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby Stuart Angus » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:45 pm

Johnny...........one week yer up my local hills, the following yer in the Eildons which are equally familiar to me as my grandparents were from St Boswells and I used to be up these every summer with them :thumbup: I've not been up em for ages but they haven't changed a bit, cheers for the blast from the past :D ...........still can't believe you did these off the back of Dumgoyne & Earls Seat..........what are the chances :lol:
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:16 am

mgmt! wrote:yes johnny, " a horse " ? would be good to no the horse,s name !!
all the best to you and kim for 2013.
Cheers Michael same to you. The horse is Shergar :wink:
jonny616 wrote:lived in the boarders for 7 years and never managed any of this walks. looks good 8)
Some great walks down the Borders Jonny :D
SusieThePensioner wrote:Two lovely walks and you get some great views from the Eildon Hills :D
Yes views are very good, you can even see England :wink:
Stuart Angus wrote:Johnny...........one week yer up my local hills, the following yer in the Eildons which are equally familiar to me as my grandparents were from St Boswells and I used to be up these every summer with them :thumbup: I've not been up em for ages but they haven't changed a bit, cheers for the blast from the past :D ...........still can't believe you did these off the back of Dumgoyne & Earls Seat..........what are the chances :lol:
Thanks Stuart, where would you like me to go next? :lol:
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby budvarone » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:06 pm

Headed up the Eildons yesterday, you weren't kidding about the mud!!! A good walk though once we got higher up, cracking views of the Borders,nice to see a local hill on WH, thanks for the report!
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:37 am

What a lovely wander JC, those pics caused me a few 'missing home' pangs....but I guess I'll get by out here a while longer yet :wink:
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Re: A Borders trip, Eildon Hills & Black Hill

Postby hills » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:48 pm

The Eildons are a good walk, good to see them again. Havent done Black Hill yet, this has put it in mind, so thanks. That Rubers Law must be a fine viewpoint, you can see it from loads of places, so must work well in reverse. :D
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