Blowing out the candles on Fitty Hill

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Fitty Hill
Date walked: 13/06/2022
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 181m
Views: 40

Early morning with the puffins

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 29/04/2022
Distance: 4.91km
Ascent: 180m
Views: 73

Fitty Hill circular

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Fitty Hill
Date walked: 20/04/2022
Distance: 6.87km
Ascent: 261m
Views: 75

In the footsteps of the legions

Route: Eildon Hills, from Melrose

Sub 2000s: Eildon Mid Hill

Date walked: 31/03/2022

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 7.25km

Ascent: 477m

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The weather turned cold towards the end of my visit to Edinburgh, but there was still time to fit in one more trip to the hills.

Again I was limited to bus routes, so headed out for the second time in a week on the 51 Borders Buses service, getting off by Leaderfoot Bridge on the way to St Boswell's.

Just along from the main road is the old road bridge and the very impressive viaduct that used to take the Berwickshire Railway over the Tweed. Passenger traffic closed along that line in 1948 after torrential rain washed away parts of the trackbed and compromised the safety of the viaduct.

Old railway viaduct over the Tweed at Leaderfoot

A short way beyond that is the site of the Roman camp of Trimontium, an outpost of the Empire which lasted little more than 100 years before the Romans got tired of being beaten up by the locals and headed back south. One saucer shaped field is the site of a small ampitheatre and information boards along the way explain some of the history.

Monument marking the site of the Roman Camp at Trimontium

The road heads over to Newstead before a path turns off at the Melrose end of the village, joining the Walkhighlands circular route. There's a well-maintained path most of the way up Eildon Hill North and more Roman remains at the top and the first really great views of the day.

Path leading out of Newstead village towards the Eildon Hills

Looking back towards Black Hill

Top of Eildon Hill North

Eildon Mid Hill from Eildon North Hill

From there it's a simple down, then up the path to Eildon Mid Hill, a couple of icy, rocky bits making it more interesting not far short of the summit.

The summit is a great spot for viewing the Border countryside, although it looked very murky over towards England and The Cheviot. The wind was getting up and snow flurries blew in and out so we didn't stay too long, leaving our teabreak for a more sheltered spot just below the summit.

Heading towards the top

Eildon Mid Hill summit

Zoomed to chilly looking Rubers Law, near Hawick

Then it was back to the col and the well-made path back to the the staircase that dropped us down to Melrose where we caught a bus to Galashiels and the choice of bus or train back to Edinburgh.

Back to the col

Stairway to Melrose

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Black Hill from Earlston

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Black Hill (Borders)
Date walked: 26/03/2022
Distance: 6.13km
Ascent: 290m
Views: 252

Hart Fell Happiness - with added goats

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Hart Fell
Donalds: Hart Fell, Swatte Fell, Under Saddle Yoke
Date walked: 24/03/2022
Distance: 14.4km
Ascent: 990m
Views: 630

Here we go gathering subs in. . . March

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Dirrington Great Law, Sell Moor Hill, Spartleton
Date walked: 21/03/2022
Distance: 12.8km
Ascent: 548m
Views: 273

White Meldon and the Tweed from Peebles

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: White Meldon
Date walked: 19/03/2022
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 476m
Views: 266

Buses and bogs to Bowbeat and Blackhope

Attachment(s) Grahams: Blackhope Scar
Donalds: Blackhope Scar, Bowbeat Hill
Date walked: 20/10/2021
Distance: 23km
Ascent: 738m
Views: 438

Hudderstone. . . apparently

Attachment(s) Donalds: Hudderstone
Date walked: 16/10/2021
Distance: 10.8km
Ascent: 543m
Views: 380


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