Sunshine greeted thirteen walkers today and it lasted at least half of the walk. We climbed steadily past the golf course noting the “tidying” of either side of the track by the Common Riding Committee and were quite warm by the time we reached Whita Hill. We carried on round the side of the hill encountering Janet and her well-behaved dogs and enjoyed a short break beside the MacDiarmid Memorial. We walked briefly on the road to Newcastleton before turning right onto the rough track to the very peaty Little Tarras Water. Then everyone coped with the heathery track over the moor to above Middlemoss before crossing the bridge over the Tarras Water. It was somewhat of a relief to reach firm track and eventually road as we passed Cronksbank and the lunch stop. Then we viewed a pair of dippers on the Tarras before reaching the bird hide and Broomholmshiels and the track to the Round House before reaching Langholm and the delights of the Church cafe. There was mud but not of the serious variety and it was a delight to have the company of today’s walkers on such a lovely spring day.