We met at the Rosetta campsite in Peebles – Me, Alan, Laura, Judith and Louise – four bloggers and a sailor and a completely different set of Moffpeeblers than those who had endured the Peebles-Moffat walk last September. The previous set of Moffpeeblers were all pretending to be ill or busy, or generally hiding behind the sofa. There’s many an Englishman (and girly) now abed would count themselves accursed they were not here, though, so once more unto the Moffpeebling hills, once more.
And so, as is traditional, we attended the Bridge Inn for beers and also Franco’s Tragicatoria next door for pasta and nutrition before a bit more beer back at The Bridge. I should point out that I had already bagged a little HuMP that day – Mountbenger Law, on my journey North so I was specially hungry and thirsty.
None of this delayed our transfer to Moffat in the morning for brekkies at the Rumbling Tum before embarking on our search for the Southern Upland Way, which we found exactly where it was supposed to be.
The walk progressed without much in the way of tragi-comedy, apart from a suspicion at one point that we were a bit lost – but we panicked not and ate Laura’s liquorice sweeties for sustenance and battered on out of the forest and into the hills. The scenery improved.
We got to Ettrick Head where the Southern Upland Way creeps off for shelter down the very lovely Ettrick valley. We, on the other hand, took the uphill and windy option and struggled up our first “Donald” – Capel Fell where expansive views of the Moffat Hills with their great and beautiful corries opened up suddenly raising hopes of a cracking walk ahead.
We plodded (it was late in the day) – over two more Donalds – Smidhope Hill and White Shank before arriving at Bodesbeck Burn – a wide and soggy bealach at the foot of Bodesbeck law for the evening camp.
I must admit that, for me, the post-dinner evening is a blur. Apparently there was snoring AND singing at the same time, a skill about which I was unaware. I became vaguely conscious of a snipe drumming and wheeling about during the night and the specially bright moonlight, but it was 14 hours before Mr Bladder got me up in time for day 2 – an account of which follows after I’ve had some more caffeine (i.e. in a minute or two) (account is of day 2, not Mr Bladder…)
Measurements of the walk will vary and, I expect that there could be up to four blog accounts of this walk. I measured today at 12 miles and 3100 feet of climbing. This will probably be different to everybody else’s…
Quite good fun so far…..!