On Sunday, March 1, 11 members travelled to Earlston for a walk in the surrounding area. They set off from the rugby ground in bright but blustery conditions, up to Huntshaw with great views back to the Black Hill, the Eildons, the Cheviots, and Ruberslaw in the distance.Picking up a track across open fields, they dropped down to Birkenside, where the snowdrops and aconites were greatly admired.
Following the road to Galadean and the bridge across the Leader Water, it was up and carefully across the A68. On entering the grounds of Chapel on Leader, lunch was taken in the shelter of a ruined cottage among the trees, surrounded by snowdrops.
Leaving the grounds at the lodge house, and a short stretch beside the main road, the Earlston Circular Route was joined down to Carolside. The Leader Water was again crossed, this time via a swing bridge, much to the enjoyment of some of the group. Continuing on the circular route, looking down on the impressive houses of Carolside and Leadervale, the walkers passed Clackmae Farm, and after crossing another swing bridge, it was back to Earlston via the Mill Meadow Path. A trek of just over eight miles.
Sunday’s walk is to Cauldshiels.