Walkers’ Damhead dander

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Sunday last, members drove to Traquair village hall for the start of their walk. It was dull and overcast when they set off along the road to Damhead Farm and, continuing up the track, they were soon out onto open hill country. A steady climb folowed onto Damhead Rig, the highest point of the day at 1,360ft. They stopped at the Learmont Drysdale memorial stone, built in the 1930s to commemorate the life of the famous composer.

Raining a bit, the walkers made their way down to the ruins of Hannal for the lunch stop. Then down to Glengaber cottage, now used as an activity centre, and where the grandmother of one of the group lived in the 1930s. Fair now with a glint of sunshine, the group headed into the forest, picking up a track which took them along the shoulder of Scarf Rig and White Rig, before joining the Southern Upland Way and back down tothe transport. Another enjoyable day which had exceeded the group’s expectations.

Next walk on April 12 from Carter Bar to Jedburgh.