1st June 2018
Weather: Hot, sunny, windless to start. Cloud built up, some light wind on exposed ridges. Heavy rain with thunder and lightning late afternoon.
That was quite a day! A good getaway at 07:40, knowing the forecast of thunderstorm at 4pm where I was headed. The brief walk along riverside was cooler, but several up & down hills on the Southern Uplands way was hot work. Substantial parts of it were shaded by trees until the exposed ridge up to Three Brethen, and the 5 miles to Minch Moor (tree felling having removed some of the forest marked on the map). But this gave some fabulous panoramic views: showers ahead of me, the rounded hills. The Eildon Hills above Melrose were visible most of the day, just shrinking gently with time.
The thundery weather was on time. Fortunately I was just descending from the high ridge, but got a generous dousing of rain, thunder that sounded like ripping and tearing above me. Some sheet lightning. Reached Traquair Arms hotel in Innerleithen at 17:25. My track recording stopped earlier, I assume as a “power saving” measure.
It was quite a long way, and the heat made it an even more tiring day. 3 litres of water carried from the start (heavy) and all consumed.
In case you didn’t know …
What firemen do on hot days
Cairn and trig point at Three Brethren (Eildon Hills in distance)
There may be trouble ahead
All clearing now, I thought. From Brown Knowe: Minch Moor, the last big bump on the ridge ahead
Raining heavily at this point (looking NW towards Traquair)
Road at Traquair
another mile to finish though (and in the rain)