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Sunday 13th September

On the Saturday we met at our first overnight accommodation Fauhope House guesthouse(an inadequate description of this property) in Gattonside, a mile above the border town of Melrose, the official start of St Cuthbert's Way. On Sunday morning we set out with brave hearts to walk 16.2 miles and ascend 521 metres to Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre where we would be collected and driven to the nearby town of Jedburgh. Along our route we would cross the Eildon Hills above Melrose, pass Melrose Abbey and Dryburgh Abbey, walk through St Boswells and along the Roman road of Dere Street and pay our respects to Maid Lilliard.

Fauhope "guesthouse"
A view of the distant Eildon Hills
The interior of Fauhope House
The first of numerous bridges across the river Tweed
Melrose Abbey
Looking back from Eildon Hills, Melrose Abbey below and Fauhope House top centre(the white gable)
The bridge across to Dryburgh Abbey
River Tweed
Looking back to the Eildon Hills
The memorial to Maid Lilliard
Waiting to be collected from Harestanes
Forresters restaurant at Jedburgh
Jedburgh Abbey

Monday 14th September

On Monday morning we were collected from Allerton House and ferried back to Harestanes to commence our walk to the remote village of Morebattle(More - water, Battle - dwelling = the house on the lake, the house and the lake are long gone but the name remains), a walk of 11.3 miles and an ascent of 376 metres, a mere stroll after Sunday's walk. We walked through the woods of Harestanes park, past Monteviot House and the ruin of Cessford Castle to the simple but welcoming Templehall Hotel in Morebattle.

Allerton House at Jedburgh
Breakfast room/lounge at Allerton, does my reflection count as a selfie?
Morning coffee at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

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