Thank You For Being A Friend

LETJOG – Day 38: Thursday 24 June – JEDBURGH to GALASHIELS (18 miles)

Broom, in glorious bloom, on the Eildon Hills

I have had three days walking on my own again now, and with time to reflect as I begin the next stage of my LETJOG adventure in Scotland, I would like to start today by saying a big thank you to everyone who is following me with messages of encouragement. It really makes a huge difference to know of the support from those at home, from family and friends further afield, and from all those who I have had the good fortune to meet en route.

Thank you also, everyone, for your most kind and generous contributions to the LETJOG charities. I have been overwhelmed by the donations, and as these now exceed my expectations quite significantly, and in discussion with the three charities, I have raised the target figure to £10,000. Mind, Parkinson’s UK and The Hospice Of St Francis are in regular touch with me and are all giving me great back-up and assistance, and they are, of course, hugely grateful for the donations. These monies will be put to good use very shortly, and at the foot of my Home Page you can see the comments from the charities as to where the funds might be spent. So a super big thank you, once again, to everyone for making all of this possible, and for your very kind donations.

As for today’s walk, in fine weather once more, the morning proved to be a fairly routine and pleasant walk along country lanes and grassy farm-tracks, the latter reassuringly populated by numerous peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies not seen previously in such numbers on this trek. All the while my route took me closer to the three Eildon sisters that I mentioned yesterday, suddenly looming larger in front of me as I made my way out of the valley and up the slopes behind Bowden. After picnicking at this scenic spot, my afternoon began on the St Cuthbert’s Way with a climb up the cleft between Eildon Mid Hill and Eildon Hill North through a fine beech forest, emerging eventually onto a moorland of gorse and foxgloves as I reached the col between the peaks. Here I was fortunate for such clear visibility, affording huge views back as far as the Cheviots and forward over the settlements of the Tweed Valley to the hills beyond.

The Eildons viewed as a backdrop to Longnewton Burial Ground, . . .
. . . from a farm-track a mile or two further on, . . .
. . . and up close, from the path out of Bowden
And from the col, looking back at the Cheviots . . .
. . . and forward over the Tweed Valley

My walking day concluded with a stroll down the gentle high street of Melrose, and thence along roads through Tweedbank, and across the Tweed into Galashiels. I had time in Tweedbank to call into cult craft ale brewery, Tempest Brewing Co, where I was welcomed by brewer Andy and marketeer Neil. Tonight Tempest are launching their new summer beer, the 8% ‘Sunshine Recorder’, and I left suitably armed with a couple of samples for later enjoyment.

Thank you, and very best of luck with the beer launch guys!
And tonight, in the Kingsknowes Hotel, a starter of haggis parcels!

3 thoughts on “Thank You For Being A Friend

  1. Another fabulous blog Nick. Your journey is inspiring. I hope the weather stays with you and your final leg of your journey goes smoothly. Take care Kate xx

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  2. Thought you would enjoy the views of The cheviots and Borders. Hopefully you will be lucky with weather as the scenery in Scotland will just get better and better.🤗👍

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