Sunday last saw the group travel to Brampton, a new area for them. The outward journey from the village took in an 18th-century wagon way onto a circuit of the lovely Talkin Tarn which was very busy with canoeists, sailing boats and walkers. Then through fields, a minor road and right of way, to the lovely small village of Talkin where the group sat outside in the sunshine at the local pub for a lunch stop and liquid refreshment.
From there the route was along the River Gelt and the spectacular Gelt Woods which, with the sun streaming through the trees, gave a welcome shade on a very hot afternoon. After nine miles it was down into Brampton, by the Capon Tree Monument marking the spot where six Jacobites were hanged in 1746, and then passed a house where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in 1745 during the siege of Carlisle. A welcome meal was then taken at a local inn, ending a very enjoyable day.
The next walk on August 3 has been changed, and is with Ian Louden at Jedburgh, in place of the Ashiesteel walk which is now on August 31.