Friday, 8 January 2016
Eildon Hills. Black Hill. Bemersyde Hill. Scott's View. Leaderfoot Viaduct. Scottish Borders.
A view of the Eildon Hills. An attractive and isolated group of three distinctive hills in the Scottish Borders near Melrose. Although only 422 metes, (1385 feet) high this eroded whinstone escarpment stands proud and alone above a rolling softer landscape as it resisted glaciers and ice sheets better. A beautiful range of little hills and a fine day walk in itself on the remains of this ancient volcanic cluster.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eildon_Hill Interesting info here.
A lovely and very scenic viaduct across the Tweed, which is a real coincidence given that a new eight part drama has just started called "Jericho" about the building of a Victorian viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales. I watched the first episode last night in fact. A link above to a classic book written by a man who worked as a navvy on these " building projects" and knew the life first hand.
We also found time to go up Bemersyde Hill, 228 metres, above Scott's View. Panoramas over a huge area from all these hills.
Years ago Alex, myself and others in the climbing club we were in at that time always fancied a trip to Lundy, a remote and beautiful island in the Bristol Channel and a special looking route in "Classic Rock" called The Devil's Slide. We did get down to Cornwall and Devon climbing and ticking off many rock routes but Lundy, for various reasons, always evaded us. This excellent HD video is the next best thing to actually being there in person as I doubt we will get there now. We never did finish them all as they were scattered all over the UK and we didn't have that many holidays... or time... or money...but it was great fun trying. A list too far which competed for many years with bagging the Scottish Munros...bothy tours and other interests.
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/set.php?id=8 This list brings back some memories as we did manage a good chunk of them with not that many left as we climbed many other rock climbs as well in every area not on the list. Happy days of youth.
Worth watching full screen even if you don't rock climb for the fantastic scenery. I've been to Ilfracombe and Bideford with "Sarah"" a few times over the years as well before I knew this route even existed or I took up climbing. At least I could have bagged Lundy- the island. So near yet so far. Wah!!!
An added extra song written as a tribute about the workers that built the power stations, motorways, tunnels, canals and hydro dams of the UK.