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Dashing through the Borders

Dashing through the Borders


Postby malky_c » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:12 am

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

Date walked: 27/11/2017

Time taken: 0.5 hours

Distance: 2.5 km

Ascent: 190m

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Sub 2k Marilyns: Black Hill.
Date: 27/11/2017.
Distance: 2.5 km.
Ascent: 190m.
Time: 30 minutes.
Weather: Sunny, cold, breezy

For a lot of this year, I have been working down in the NE of England, and in the past couple of months in particular, I have been taking the train down there every week - a bit of a drag. Having finally managed to persuade my employers that being based down there for a few months would benefit everyone, I was on my way south. Too much stuff to take on the train, so I drove for a change. While this takes just as long and isn't the most enjoyable thing to do in the morning before work, it had the added advantage of a stop-off for a hill somewhere. Rather than follow the dull-looking A1, I decided to cut through the Borders on the A68, which gave me a few handy hill options.

I reckoned that Black Hill just south of Earlston was the best bet - it is small enough to squeeze into a half-hour slot, and looked to be a good viewpoint for the Eildon Hills. I parked up in a layby near Cowdenknowes Main farm and changed into my hill clothes (ie shorts and t-shirt). It was definitely chilly enough to warrant a jacket as well.


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Black Hill from Cowdenknowes Main

The lower part of the route follows a signposted path which was very muddy at this time of year - slitherly clay rather than peat. Once past the farm, a turn to the right takes you to the open hillside.

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Eildon Hills from the ascent

There looked to be a longer, shallower way to the summit, but I went straight up, as the ground was much firmer here and pretty straightforward. I few animals streaked past me. I still can't work out whether they were large hares or small roe deer.

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NW towards the Moorfoot Hills

The top takes barely any time to reach. Great views of an area I'm not overly familiar with, and a chilly wind! I passed a dog walker on the summit and decided to take the shallower descent route, which was a little longer.

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Earlston

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Eildon Hills from the summit

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To the east

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Cheviot is somewhere in that cloud

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SW into the sun

Before long I had rejoined my outward route and dropped back to the car, where my feet were wetter and muddier than I had bargained for.

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Descent back to the road

Time to hit the road again, the rain bizarrely coming on as I crossed the border into England at Carter Bar (I thought it was usually the other way round). Within 2 hours of leaving the summit of Black Hill, I was negotiating the motorways around Newcastle and Sunderland.
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Re: Dashing through the Borders

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:37 am

Nice view NW.

It must have been REALLY cold if you needed to don a jacket ... :D
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Re: Dashing through the Borders

Postby nigheandonn » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:27 am

Nice views - just a little bit more wintry than when I was there a month ago. It sounds like a good break.

I never find it starts or stops raining at Carter Bar or Coldstream, only Lamberton, although Carter Bar sometimes does a good line in Mysterious Mist.
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Re: Dashing through the Borders

Postby PeteR » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:42 pm

Was on this one as few weeks back. A nice little hill, if a bit boggy on the approach :shock:
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Re: Dashing through the Borders

Postby iangpark » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:54 pm

Is this you bang on 1/3rd of the way through the sub-2ks now Malky? :clap:
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