Melrose rest day

31st May 2018

Weather: Cloudy, warm.

A gentle day in chi-chi Melrose (eg: posh pie shop mentioned in a JK Rowling book. You know this because they tell you in the window, complete with a book and photo of JKR).

Sat in a couple of quiet NTS gardens by the Abbey. In Priorwood garden watched a beekeeper, armed with smokepot, stealing honey.

Visited the somewhat underwhelming amateur Roman Trimontium museum, as most of the local finds are displayed elsewhere.

Discovered that the Minch Moor bothy, I was planning to stay at tomorrow night, seems to have disappeared between 2014 and 2016. If I need to avoid a forecast thunderstorm on Saturday there’s a low-level former railway line, between Innerleithen and Peebles, instead of the Southern Upland Route. (At just 5 miles instead of 12 on higher ground. Less interesting is fine if it avoids thunderstorm on the hills!)

Beekeeper at work.

Melrose Abbey

JK’s favourite is the steak & mushroom I believe

The most impressive museum exhibit, with accompanying magnifying glass to view the coin hoard in detail.


Yesterday I decided that I would suspend this trip at Spean Bridge, and use the time to go and bag some outstanding Munros, (blog at “An Excuse to Eat More Cake”). That’s simply because I cannot get to Dunnet Head and get home before the end of June without some difficult compromises.

The alternative was worrying about which sections to join together for one day, forgo rest days, AND abandon the “hard” wild-camping section along the Cape Wrath Trail (Spean Bridge to Watten), in favour of the JOG trail. All those tricks would allow me to do it in time, but it’s not what I really want to do. The 7 days back home for injury used up all my flexibility.

I am now planning more days off, and eliminating the anxiety of reaching Dunnet Head by 29th June, so expect to enjoy the remaining walking far more.

I hope to resume in May 2019, which will coincide with the need for something to get over Brexit blues.

Author: Walklizard

May your feet stay dry as you walk through the bog. May your face be unblemished as you walk in the sunshine.

2 thoughts on “Melrose rest day”

  1. “Yesterday I decided that I would suspend this trip at Spean Bridge”. Good choice. I was getting exhausted just trying to keep up with you from my office chair. Regards, John


  2. Good thinking Cary. Enjoy your ongoing amble. Whilst I was of the view you were missing out by not camping earlier during the walk, I would now commend you to avoid camping unless you have a bucket of Deet!


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