Cycling The Borders 2014

 

Back to the Scottish Borders for this year’s cycling holiday, and we enjoyed the best weather we have ever had in the 10-years or so we’ve done these trips!

 

Route grading using Cycalc.

 


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Here is a selection of photos of our holiday, approximately in order

 

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Julie at the border between Scotland and England at Yetholm Mains

In this month of the big decision, which way will Julie vote??

 

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We started our holiday from the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells. Our day would takes us 42-miles with 2500ft accent to the Lindisfarne Inn, grade mild-C

 

 

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Within the first mile we get our first view of the River Tweed

 

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Julie celebrates completion of the first hill of the holiday. The weather was fabulous!

 

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For part of our route we cycled on The Border Loop, the full route of which we did 10-years ago. Julie had lots of opportunity to graze

 

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 Small deserted roads are numerous in The Borders. Finally we see the sea and the island of Lindisfarne

 

Day-2 was 35-miles with 2675ft accent, grade mild-C(62W+0): 7-miles less than day-1 but with much more climbing. We cycled almost due west to Jedburgh

 

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We very much enjoyed our stay at The Lindisfarne Inn. We cycled back to the west, and had views of Cheviot for most of the day

 

 

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We visited Routin Lynn: an important site thousands of years ago, situated on the Milfield Plain, with some of the earliest evidence of human occupation in Europe

 

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Long quiet roads through Northumberland

 

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There was time for tea and cake

 

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We cycled through the valley of Bowmont Water

 

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And finally we arrive at Glenbank House Hotel in Jedburgh, for a well-earned rest

 

Day-3: 30-miles with 2550ft accent, grade hard-B(65W+0), and even more climbing than the day before; our route would take us from Jedburgh to Ettrickbridge.

 

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Another sunny day, and this day began by going down the hill – a rare treat!

 

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We cycled along the valley of the river Teviot. Around Jedburgh you are rarely out of view of Rubers Law, a prominent conical hill

 

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We cycled past Fatlips Castle, where: One of the pleasures of a visit to Fatlips used to be that "every gentleman, by indefeasible privilege, kisses one of the ladies on entering the ruin."

 

 

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More tea and cake, this time at the Jammy Coo, Lilliesleaf

 

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After the Jammy Coo, over indulgence made the second half of the day rather difficult. We were glad to finally reach The Cross Keys at Ettrickbridge

 

Day-4: Ettrickbridge to Moffat, 42-miles with 2930faccent, grade average-C, the first of two ‘hard days’.

 

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The valley of the river Ettrick is fabulous cycling: the road is so remote it rarely sees cars

 

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Mile after mile completely free of traffic

 

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Our halfway tea-stop was at the Samye-Ling Tibetan Centre

 

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A fascinating ‘piece’ of Tibet in the heart of Galloway

 

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Where is the world’s narrowest hotel? Moffat of course!

 

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And finally we make it to the hotel: the Annandale Arms

 

Day-5: 36-miles with 2960ft accent, grade average-C(64W+0), from Moffat to Biggar, the second hard day of the holiday.

 

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Another day in the wilderness – one with strange offerings??

 

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I ‘neglected’ to mention that there was a ‘rather interesting’ off-road section. Julie’s impression of annoyance was very convincing!

 

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We arrived at the Elphinstone Hotel and were ready for a rest

 

 

Day-6, the penultimate day: 28-miles with 1670ft accent, grade mild-B, from Biggar to Innerleithan.

 

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10-years, effectively to the day, since we were at this exact spot, and took almost the same picture:

052) The land of John Buchan

The weather was even better in 2004, on The Border Loop

 

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A nice gentle day, with quiet roads through valleys and rolling countryside

 

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An easy day, yes: but we did sleep well! The Traquair Arms Hotel

 

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Last Day! 25-miles with 1660ft accent, grade mild-B, from Innerleithan to St Boswells.

 

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We followed the River Tweed for (almost) the entire day

 

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It was a relaxing last day of the holiday: following the Tweed to Scott’s View

 

We enjoyed the best weather we have ever had on our cycling holidays: a bit hazy at times, but no wind or rain!

 

 

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