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
Track available on ViewRanger , another mile to finish though (and in the rain)