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…

 

Julie at the border between Scotland and England at Yetholm Mains…

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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…

 

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

 

Day-2 was 35-miles grade average-C: 7-miles less than day-1 but with much more climbing. We cycled almost due west to Jedburgh…

 

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…

 

 

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…

 

Long quiet roads through Northumberland…

 

There was time for tea and cake…

 

We cycled through the valley of Bowmont Water…

 

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

 

Day-3: 30-miles, grade average-C, and even more climbing than the day before; our route would take us from Jedburgh to Ettrickbridge.

 

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

 

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

 

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."

 

 

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

 

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 grade average-D, the first of two ‘hard days’.

 

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

 

Mile after mile completely free of traffic…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Day-5: 36-miles grade hard-C, from Moffat to Biggar, the second hard day of the holiday.

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Day-6, the penultimate day: 28-miles grade hard-B, from Biggar to Innerleithan.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Last Day! 25-miles, grade mild-C, from Innerleithan to St Boswells.

 

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

 

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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