June 21

Day 36 Melrose to Lauder

We started the day with a spot of map hunting in Melrose. Our maps go only as far as Lauder so that is where we strolled to today. Melrose is a pleasant town with a nice coffee shop but no maps north of Lauder. Fortified by a nice cup of coffee we set out. My trusty camera gave out the day before yesterday. Its bottom fell off and it no longer knows how bright things are. I have swapped to my mobile phone, it doesn’t seem to know much either.
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There is a very useful, for us, path called the Borders Abbeys Way which has brought us to Melrose and then onwards to Lauder, but that comes later
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The first steps out of Melrose head towards the mighty Tweed. The powers that be have realised that strollers like ourselves are in need of a bridge to cross.
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There is a notice on the bridge which says that it is forbidden to have more than 8 passengers on the bridge at any one time. Would the two of us plus our copious baggage way the same as 8 passengers?

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The last three days have each been quite different to the others. Today was a gentle stroll along a river bank and through fields of cattle and sheep. There have been no steep climbs, boggy morasses, downpours, navigational disasters or shortages

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To be honest today has been like a stroll in Shropshire although we don’t usually carry all our possessions in a bag on our backs when we stroll around Shropshire
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A lovely uneventful day ended in Lauder. Tomorrow we might make it to Fala. Tomorrow is an unknown as it depends on a sectoin of disused railway track shown clearly on the map. If this track is impassable then we will have to rethink our day.
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Posted June 21, 2016 by admin in category "Week 6 Melrose to Glenrothes

2 COMMENTS :

  1. By admin (Post author) on

    We strolled through St Boswell’s and I have it from a fairly reliable source that Auntie Mary lived in Newtown St Boswells. We strolled through there too but all the relevant buildings had been knocked down.
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  2. By Aileen May on

    Come to think of it, Aunty Mary lived in St Boswells, didnt she! Close tho’ . Looks like pleasant walking country you are traversing!

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