Hardy walkers step out for hilly trek

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On the first day of autumn, 50+ Group members set off from Mainside, near Hownam, up the side of the Copehope Burn towards the Yett.

Despite the fair weather, the going was heavy as the grass had grown very long since the walk was first surveyed. However, being experienced walkers, there proved to be no stopping the group and they soon found the original path that they thought we had lost.

The cracking pace soon brought them all to Buchtrig. Then, they cut up on to Langside Law and down to the remains of the ‘Street House’. Unfortunately, this had been demolished a few years ago with nothing remaining beyond a shell and a pile of rubble.

Lunch was enjoyed on the site of an old fort and, suitably refreshed, they set off again on to the shepherd’s cottage at Peelinick. One of the walkers had family members who had once lived there, and the stories told relating to the previous occupants, which were really quite interesting, should be put down on to paper sometime to stop them being lost forever.

The group was now well up among the hills and although a sharp breeze was blowing, the views were still tremendous. The walkers proceeded down the hill and crossed on to the road that runs along the valley – land belonging to the Yett. By this time, the wind was behind them and the going was a little easier, but still disagreeably cold. However, being a hardy bunch, there were very few complaints.

Members then went past Whitestone Hill and Henshaw Law before arriving at Yett Farm, leaving just a short half-mile walk back to Mainside.

Once at the cars, it was agreed that it had been a very pleasant walk and the leaders were thanked for not leaving anyone behind on the hills.­– TT and MC.