Windy Gyle and Border Ridge
Mon 22nd June 2015
We gathered at Wedder Leap unsure how the weather would play out. Many of us had followed closely the Met Office forecasts. Although the weather was dull to begin with it in no way dampened the spirit of the group. Towards the end of the walk the overcast weather gave way to our collective spirt and turned to sunshine. It was a warm and humid day so the light breeze was welcome at times.
The group as a whole showed great pace and stamina. We reached the summit in a couple of hours.At the summit, we unexpectedly came across a group of Belgian paratroopers in full combat gear holding large stones above their heads. This wasn’t some form of punishment but part of a tradition which requires them to carry stones in their packs when they are ascending a summit. Then then scratched their names into the stones and placed them on the cairn. Quick to see the possibilities we thought that we could emulate this as Shepherd’s Walks walkers so we 'raised a stone' to our achievements!!
We noted points of historical interest along the way as well as the names of flowers and birds and surrounding hills. The curlews in full song just below the summit were a real delight to listen too. In good shape and on schedule we walked into the Barrowburn Tea shop for a well earned cuppa and cake. Basking in the sunshine, with the temperature now around 19 degrees Celsius, we enjoyed the lovely home made cakes before the journey home.
We hope to see you on a future Shepherds Walk walk.
Roy Kennard (Guide), Julie Barnett and Martin Ainscow (Volunteers)