and occasionally rides a bike.
A word of warning. The walk descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you - please take a map. The batteries never run out. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ridlington - Belton circular

With Maureen and Marion. 6.4 miles. A grey day, damp underfoot, but no real rain while we were out. The same route as recent walks.
Belton church, halfway through the walk


On the last lap, just coming into Ridlington


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Creaton, Cottesbrooke and Hollowell - two walks

'Tuesday 30 May, with Marta  - just under 5 miles, since we took a wrong turn and ended up near Creaton, so decided to give Hollowell a miss.  Fine, hot weather.


Fallen blossom

Spotted sheep
Cottesbrooke Hall

Chimneys
Guardian of the gate
Cottesbrooke church

Creaton chruch

Thursday 01 June, with Maureen. We adapted the route and made sure we included Hollowell. Six and a half miles.
Green lane on the way to Hollowell from Cottesbrooke

Hollowell

Village hall





On both occasions we found good lunch spots in nearby Brixworth.

Belton in Rutland, Ridlington - three walks over same route.

Tuesday 23 May.
With Marta.

Thursday 25 May with Maureen.

Monday 29 May with Norma. This time in reverse direction.
About six and a half miles.
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I have never seen sheep with such regular patterns before! 

Stamford Canal

Monday 22nd May.
With Maureen and Norma. 
The same route as on April 4th, and April 10th - about 6 and a half miles.
Not many photos as I was in a hurry to get back.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Berwickshire Coastal Path from Eyemouth to St Abbs and back

Wednesday 17 May, from Eyemouth Harbour along the Coastal path, with a couple of detours round the fort headland and another smaller one, past Coldingham Bay with its beautiful beach and into St Abbs. Almost five miles there, and four back. Nine miles in all. Fine and dry, warm at times, with a chill wind on the clifftops.  Around 500 feet of ascent and descent.









There are wildflowers in abundance - thrift, campion, bluebells, gorse, cowslips, primroses, plantain, vetch . . .






Another 'laidly worm'?  We sat on its back for coffee.

Spot the heron.

Coldingham Bay
Looking down on St Abbs.
Pensively waiting for Cullen Skink, closely observe by a thieving seagull. 

We took a slightly different rack back to Coldingham Bay, via the Creel Path.

Onwards and upwards . . .

Then back along the coastal path to Eyemouth and a bit more bloody history.
































Monday, May 15, 2017

Chirnside, Ninewells, Chirnside Bridge



Sunday 14 May 2017, 2.12 pm.  A walk around Chirnside, then the path not far from North Lodge, signed as the David Hume Way, and back again through the village.


The village of Chirnside, is in Scotland, about 9 miles from Berwick-on-Tweed. It boasts connections with racing driver Jim Clark (1936 a 1968), and the philosopher David Hume (1711 a 1776), who spent his childhood at Ninewells.

I took this meandering walk after reading about it on an information board. I could have extended it, or improved it by looking it up online beforehand . . .

The lovliest section is through the Ninewells area, through the woods and along the Whiteadder River.

I haven't seen so much wild garlic in one spot for a long time.




When I reached the road, with the bridge and the paper mill, I turned back along the path towards Ninewells.