The weather forecast for our three day holiday wasn’t encouraging but the heavy grey cloud gradually lifted and finally the sun broke through.

 

From our rented cottage on the south edge of Melrose, we could walk straight up a country lane into the Eildon hills. The tops were lost in the cloud when we started out but by the time we’d climbed up the lane through the woods, the cloud had thinned and was drifting away.

 

It’s a stiff, warming climb to the top of Eildon Mid Hill, the core of an ancient volcano.  Grass and bracken at first…

 

then rock and heather. Nearly there…

 

and at the top, looking out over the engraved view indicator.  The panoramic view over the Scottish Borders was hazy on this visit but beautiful none the less.

 

The sun came out as we left the summit of Mid Hill, dropped down to the col and climbed the much gentler path up Eildon Wester – the hill in the background of this picture.

 

Down to the col again, we followed the St Cuthbert’s Way path back towards Melrose.

The long-distance path starts in Melrose, where St Cuthbert started his religious life in 650 AD and follows his footsteps and history to Holy Island.  After this short sample of the route, we’ll be back for more.