Peebles trek for Hawick 50+ Walking Group

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Fourteen walkers set off from Greenside car park in Peebles towards the Old Cross Church and across the Rosetta Caravan Park to Standalane. From here, they followed the old cross-border drove road.

The weather forecast, which predicted dry conditions, let the walkers down with a steady drizzle accompanying them to the junction for West Linton. They left the drove road here and ascended through the next field towards White Meldon. Below the summit, the group split into two with five people contouring the hill and the other hardy souls taking the route over the top.

The two groups met on the other side of the hill for a well-earned lunch which was enjoyed all the more now the rain had stopped. The walkers were also rewarded with stunning views of Black Meldon and, in the distance, the top of Drumelzier Hill. After lunch, they descended via a quad bike track to a gate and track to the mast near Hamilton Hill. Some sheep tracks allowed them to avoid the worst of the heather, beautiful as it was with its intense purple colour.

It was then down to Jedderfield Farm and the golf course before finishing a very enjoyable walk beside the Tweed through Haylodge Park.

The next walk on September 27 is a circular from Melrose. Meet at 9.30am at the Haugh as usual.