Day 56 Melrose to Innerleithen

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.

All Day 56 pictures on Dropbox

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

Blissful shade


Cairn and trig point at Three Brethren (Eildon Hills in distance)

There may be trouble ahead

Looking back

All clearing now, I thought. From Brown Knowe: Minch Moor, the last big bump on the ridge ahead

Pipers Knowe

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)

Author: Walklizard

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

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