Thursday, March 26, 2015


I began yesterday's walk at Glendinning, at the end of the little road that runs north beside the Meggat Water in the Parish of Westerkirk. I had worked out what looked to be an interesting circular walk, and so it proved to be. This is crossing the river to head up towards Corlaw.

It had been cold overnight!

The path follows the Haregrain Burn, here with traces of the white stuff on the shady side.

Corlaw. Definitely for those who like seclusion, see here.

 It did look as if I was going to get my feet wet at this ford ....

... but then I noticed this little bridge closer to the house, and I kept dry feet the rest of the day!

There was little wind, and lots of birdsong to keep me company. Then I encountered two buzzards making quite a racket! Lots of their characteristic calls. I wondered if it was two males facing off against each other, or a pair mating? Whatever it was, it was loud. A highlight of the day. I managed to get a photo of one of the birds. If you are not sure what a buzzard sounds like, listen here.

The remains of the previous day's hail shower.

There was a long (hot!) slog up a forestry road.

I wonder if anyone has assessed the scrambling possibilities in this little quarry!

The wind dragons have been here, I see.

No, it's not a bus shelter! Rather, a perfectly positioned shooting hide, covering a big area around.

Awaiting the Ax Men. Great to see Scots Pine hereabouts. Not so nice to see wind damage.

Looking down on the meadering Meggat Water in its upper reaches, east of Greensykes.

A barred road which leads down to Greensykes.

I was surprised to find someone at the bothy - another day walker, just like myself - who had come in the direct (quicker) route. One of these small world moments to find that he had lived in Wamphray for a while!

Soon though I had the place to myself.

The MBA took on this bothy just a few years ago, and workparties in 2011 got it habitable again. As you probably know, I am a big fan of the MBA, and the work they do. Here's the website.

It's great that places like this are not allowed to become completely derelict. The wonderful new roof is the most impressive bit of this renovation! The bothy book showed overnight visitors a couple of weeks ago. Really interesting was a folder with information of the history of the house, dating back to the early nineteenth century. James Anderson, a shepherd, and his family appear on the first census records.

It's a lovely spot, beside the Meggat Water.

Amenities include its own curling pond (in my dreams)!

Lots of frogspawn in a puddle on the track.

Last few minutes within the trees, as I head for the open countryside.

This little stream is called the Byre Sike.

And here's the Green Sike.

Sheep country of course, just as it has been for hundreds of years. Lambing here is still some weeks off. These ladies didn't seem to mind this lone walker!

Looking back the way I had come. The path is on the left, past Kirk Cleuch Rig, and Greensykes is within the plantation in the distance. This is the most direct access, but, for a day walk, the circular route via Corlaw was a good choice.

Glendinning was the birthplace of civil engineer Thomas Telford in 1757.

This is the monument 'to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford at Glendinning on 9th August, 1757' which was erected here in 2007, see here.

There's a plaque, and an information board, at the car park. The plaque says, 'Thomas Telford, 1757-1834, First President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Born at Glendinning, Westerkirk, Langholm. A pioneering Civil Engineer whose lasting legacy of roads, bridges, canals and buildings constructed throughout his extensive career ensures his place in the history of the industrial revolution'. The plaque was erected in 2007 by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

There's a major monument to Telford in Bentpath. Thomas Telford certainly left his mark on the world with all the projects with which he was involved. He's buried in Westminster Abbey.

Photos © Skip Cottage

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob - that was superb, and as always I am entirely jealous of your jaunts in that wonderful countryside! Thanks for pointing out a bit of the land I haven't seen in years.

    As for the cottage for sale - I actually think it has been up for grabs for around at least two years now - possibly it's just too remote and yet you would have thought that would have appealed to someone.

    Many thanks again