On a dreich morning it was a pleasant surprise to see seventeen walkers at the Kilngreen ready to climb Whita Hill. It was a slow and steady climb up to the top with the mist lifting enough to see the memorial to Sir John Malcolm otherwise known as The Monument. After a brief history lesson we walked downhill to see the open book memorial to Langholm’s other famous son, the poet Hugh Macdiarmid. Lunch was eaten early during a dry interlude looking over to the A7 north to Hawick. We negotiated the High Mill Bridge and reached the lower slopes of the Castle Hill meeting the first of many pheasants enjoying their brief lives before the start of the shooting season in November. There was a brief but steep climb before we cut round the side of the hill and eventually followed the downward path through the trees to Holmhead, the Duchess Bridge and the delights of the Buccleuch Centre where Irish country singer, Derek Ryan could be heard doing his sound check for his show.
Many thanks to all who came on the walk and lovely to welcome Hannah on her first walk with the club.