Sunday, 16 October 2016

On a cool Wednesday morning the 12th October the Biggar Ramblers set off from Wakefield at Baddingsgill for a 6.5 mile trek around to Baddingsgill Reservoir and the Cauldstane Slap. Just after Wakefield House the group dipped down following a track  around part of Lyne Water up onto a pathway from Stoneypath Farm to Baddingsgill House. From there the Group turned right after the gate and climbed up through a small wood and through a gate at the top settled to break for a well earned view of Baddingsgill Reservoir.  From there The Group traversed the hillside down to the head of the reservoir and walking left to the end turned right at the Gamekeeper's House to an old Drover's track signposted to the Cauldstane Slap. Here the Ramblers steadily walked the clearly marked track over moorland to the boundary fence line. At that point there is a marker plaque about the Cauldstane Slap, it mentioned that ' The track was used as a drove road for moving cattle from the trysts at Falkirk and Stenhousemuir via West Linton to Peebles. Cattle were last driven over the Slap at the end of the nineteenth century.' Walkers use the track these days. There the Ramblers stopped to take lunch and look at the view over Harperigg Reservoir. The Group turned around and set off back along the track from whence they came straight back down this time to where the cars were parked at Treeline where there are some parking spaces logged out for cars. The Ramblers then retired to West Linton Golf Club for some well earned refreshments.
Walk leader: Carolyne Murray