on A beautiful day, eight 50+ Group walkers set off from the cemetery at Ladhope, following the track to Dobbie’s Grave before leaving this to follow a path to the top of Buckholm Hill, the first of the ‘Gala Alps’ to be conquered on the walk. Leaving the top of the hill, the stopped for two minutes’ silence to commemorate Armistice Day.
The next objective was Williams Law, at 1,350ft the second and highest of the ‘Alps’ for the day. After ascending to this point, the group enjoyed splendid views across the Border Country before settling down behind the imaginatively-built cairn to enjoy lunch in splendid sunshine. Then it was down to the A7 and a traverse of Torwoodlee Golf Course before taking the woodland path to the next objective of Mains Hill. Just off the path the walkers stopped to admire the Broch where one can still identify the shape and some of the original stone structures.
At the top of Mains Hill, the third and last ‘Alp’, the party enjoyed a view of Clovenfords and its architecturally-distinctive new school. Here a short break was taken before descending to Clovenfords. Taking an old drove road, the walkers headed towards Gala and its Victoria Park before carefully descending the Kangaroo Steps to the Gala Water. Members then crossed through the retail park and over the railway to Ladhope and their cars. An interesting 11.5-mile walk with rewarding views on a very clear day.
Another group of six walkers set off for a lower-level circular walk at Yarrowford and were also rewarded with clear views, this time of the snow-covered tops of Dunrig and adjacent hills.
The next walk – on November 23 – is to Culroost in the Cheviots and is a 9am start, leaving from the Haugh.