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Day 13 – Melrose to Innerlaithen

Day 13 – Melrose to Innerlaithen

The image featured is on the top of the 3 Brethren, I can only assume, that is what these cairns are. Many representing 3 brothers or something? Who knows.

Either way, we take the road out of Melrose, passing along the edge of Innerlaithen. We both notice changes, as we in more urbanised areas, people change, attitudes change. Edinburgh is near & we actually walk by the trainline for the start of the day. The start is a bit dull & boring to be honest, however that changes quite rapidly once we follow the Southern Upland way through Gala Hill & down into a crossing called Yair bridge, here we stop to admire the wide river..

Mighty river
Mighty river

There is something very relieving about walking by water, especially when you are being battered by the sun all day. It’s soothing and this is a good stop for the uphill struggle for the remaining 10 miles of the day. We head through the Yair forest up onto the exposed Scottish moors where we eventually meet the 3 Brethern… This is the highest climb we have done in Scotland so far, and a sign of things to come and the hills beyond glasgow, are not hills anymore, but Munros!

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Up and beyond the 3 brethern, the path cuts further through more moorland, staying above 500 metres until we drop into Traquair by the end of the day. Traquair is a tiny hamlet but the nearby town of Innerlaithen is nearby where we are to camp for the night. We were hoping to stop in the bothy on Minch moor, however it is now closed. Today was pretty hard, & by towards the end we are both looking at the big birds wondering if they are going to pick us up by our shoulders and drop us into the village..

View into Innerleithen from Minch Moor
View into Innerleithen from Minch Moor
Day 11 & 12 – Jedburgh to Melrose

Day 11 & 12 – Jedburgh to Melrose

Its always sad to leave such loving towns, and Jedburgh is certainly one of those, full of character. Having spent our day of rest here we became well acquainted, but on this morning it’s time to let go and continue. This journey is a constant process of letting go. Life is a constant process of letting go.

And, Im glad because todays walk was possibly one of the most pleasurable walks I have ever been on. The walk out of Jedburgh, follows The Teviot river where we follow St Cuthberts way towards Melrose. We first cross a indiana Jones style suspension bridge.

Adam on the bridge
Adam on the bridge

Soon after crossing the bridge we decide to stop for some tea and snacks…

Perfect spot for tea
Perfect spot for tea

As we continue, we walk through ancient woodland following the river for most of the day. I feel at home, the overwhelming smell of wild garlic is also present with us throughout most of the day..

Hello tree, my name is Azim
Hello tree, my name is Azim

After passing through the woodland some miles later in once again the beaming sunshine, the Eildon hills are seen in the distance sticking out like 3 sore thumbs..

Eildon hills
Eildon hills

Once again, filled with joy, clear skies, and as we get to the Eildon Hills , Melrose is seen at the foot of the hills, we stumble down and set up camp for the night.