Monday, 17 January 2022

 It is traditional for Biggar Ramblers that the last walk before Christmas is the mince pie walk. This year, on a fine sunny morning, 18 Ramblers did a circular walk from Manor Bridge, heading off along the old railway line. In parts the track was muddy and the old railway ballast made it rough underfoot, but after crossing Lyne Water and walking through Lyne Station they reached the picnic table. Here they enjoyed mince pies, Ecclefechan cakes and coffee, along with a seasonal rendition of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ from one of their number!

Much refreshed, they crossed the Tweed where the full river made it clear why there is no longer a ford at that point, though it is possible to trace the remains of a track leading up to Barns.  Once past the Tower, there were significant signs of storm damage to be seen among the trees along the Tweed Walk Way, though some of the replacement beech planting is coming on well.  On the river, quite a large family of ducks provided entertainment as they swam against the current and down with it by turns. All in all, a very pleasant morning walk in the sun. See for more information.