Walking: Borders Abbeys Way

Last Friday cried out for a day’s walk. A two-hour bus ride from Edinburgh to Hawick (pronounced “Hoyck,” go figure) brought us to a point on the Borders Abbeys Way, a well-signposted long-distance path. Today we’d do the leg to Selkirk, a 12.2-mile ramble. Before leaving Hawick, we read the fine print on this statue of a horseman, which recalls the day in 1514 that local lads (“callants”) captured the English flag from the raiders in the Battle of Hornshole. It is still a big thing here.

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After a slice of cake, we set off. The ongoing theme for today: Skies. Incredible, changing skies. We had the sun at our back as we walked north.

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Admittedly, those clouds look ominous. But it wouldn’t really rain, right?

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After this picture was taken, the raindrops began to fall. But those trees would make a nice shelter for the 15-minute shower.

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And look: That dark cloud is retreating.

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However, that other dark cloud is approaching awfully quickly. Is that a golf course up ahead?

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That IS a golf course. We hurried through as the duffers played on.

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Looking back over the links after the cloud pelted us with sideways rain for ten minutes. We hid behind a stone wall and avoided most of it.

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One golfer teased us for not picking a proper hobby. But hey, the rain has passed, as seen in this view from whence we came.

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Hmm. Now that cloud came up awfully quickly.

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However, these alleys in the Hartwoodmyres Forest are handy. And it’s finally lunch time.

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The forest padding was like a featherbed. Break out the pieces (sandwiches), wine, chocolate, and apple. I think we had a bag of crisps, too.

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And the rain was over for the rest of the day, but the skies remained spectacular.

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A doocot (dovecot) near Selkirk. On the grounds of the Haining (country house and estate).

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And in Selkirk, this graveyard. The sign can be read in the image below.

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IMG_1532William Wallace and Franklin Roosevelt, linked in a small town in Scotland.

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