Not a dull moment

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She was greatly cheered up by meeting this colourful cow yesterday.

We had another cool, dry and occasionally sunny day here today. It had been below freezing overnight and was only 3°C when I got up. It soon warmed up a bit, and it was 6° when I drove down to Longtown to put my push bike into the bike shop for a service (and new tyres, brake blocks, and handlebars).

No sooner had I got back home and made up a honey sandwich and a flask of coffee, than my friends Gavin and Mike arrived and we set off up the road to Teviothead in two cars. The reason for the two cars was an end to end walk from Newmills to Teviothead. We parked my car at Teviothead, and all drove up the road to Newmills in Gavin’s car. Then we walked back to my car over the hills.

This was a new walk for all of us, so there was a sense of adventure on the air, as well as some very welcome sunshine, when we started out. Because it was a new walk, I took too many pictures and I have put them into easy to skip over galleries.

After a track up through fields, we came to a very quiet back road which led us past Branxhome Easter Loch where we saw geese and nesting swans.

When we had passed the loch, we stopped for a snack and a drink. We were serenaded by larks.

We were well up in the hills for a lot of the walk and didn’t see many wild flowers. It was interesting to find quite a few wood anemones in the middle of the grasses, showing that there must have been woods there at one point.

We went along the road for a while and then followed a track across rough country as we turned back towards where we had parked my car.

Here is a gallery of animals that looked at us and views that we looked at in the middle of our walk..

We had a bit of trouble with indistinct tracks on our walk. Should we go left or right here? . . .

. . . but we safely navigated our way past swans in a pond at the Wood Burn . . .

. . . and arrived at Broadlee Loch which had several geese swimming about in it.

We circled the loch and found a convenient knoll where we stopped for a light lunch.

Refreshed by this, we headed on for the last little climb of the day, enjoying the views behind us more than the prospect of ploughing across some tussocky country in front of us.

We had trouble pinning down our exact route but without ever losing our way, and we finally came to the ridge where we could look down on the H S Riddell memorial and see our way back to the car.

When we got back to the car, we found that we had walked eight miles and climbed just under 1000 feet. It had been a very varied walk and we had enjoyed it a lot. From a photographic point of view, it was disappointing that the sun had gone in after a bright start, but it was a rather hazy day so the excellent views might not have come out too well even in the sun.

I drove Gavin back to his car, turned round, picked up Mike, who had waited at the end of the walk, and drove back to Langholm in a very contented state of mind. It was good to have explored anew walk in excellent company.

Fresh supplies of bird seed had arrived while I was out, so I filled the feeder and watched the birds. It was a goldfinch moment.

I went out and had a look round the garden. The light was good for flowers.

Mrs Tootlepedal made cottage pie for our evening meal, and then, as it was still a fine day, we went for a ten mile hilly cycle ride round the Gates of Eden. The electric bikes made this a really enjoyable excursion too, and it took us exactly an hour. We laughed at steep hills, and did as much unassisted pedalling as we could on the downhill and flatter sections. The light had got rather odd by this time, being pale and rather metallic, so I didn’t take any pictures.

We watched a fascinating programme on the telly about the restoration of Notre Dame in Paris introduced by Lucy Worsley. If you get the chance to see it, I would recommend it.

The (just) flying bird of the day is a siskin.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Not a dull moment

  1. Linear walks can be a nuisance. We have a Greenway beside us (Waterford, southeast Ireland) – 45Km along a disused railway line but walking it is a nuisance – a one car set-up!

  2. That was a fine walk with some interesting things to see. I liked the sign on the gate.
    I think the waterfall was my favorite scene. I don’t see enough of them.
    That’s a perfect shot of that pink / red tulip. As you said, the light was good.

  3. A lot of pictures that gave me a good impression of this beautiful walk. A good idea to go with twoo cars. When I was young, I did the same with trains. Doing so, I made many long distance hikes in the Ardennen (the south-east part of Belgium – our only mountain (hill) range. Thanks for sharing all this beauty, included the cow at the beginning. 😉

    1. We might have been able to uses buses instead of cars but they don’t run as often as they used to so if you miss one, there is a long wait for the next.

  4. Great post full of interesting pictures.. Tipped off by a friend I watched that programme and particularly enjoyed the section about stained glass, fascinating.

  5. So gorse smells like coconut? I would enjoy that. That was a beautiful 8 mile walk, and I enjoyed the photos and views. The violet caught my eye. I do not see them in my area, perhaps it is too dry in summer. I miss them.

  6. I like the photo of the rusty corrugated metal shed reflected in the water – it all looks quite serene. Also found the Notre Dame show on Youtube, so that will be this evening’s educational entertainment.

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