Distance walked today 14 miles
Total distance walked 635 miles
Distance left 417 miles
A wet day was forecast for today. It rained overnight but I packed up under the tarp and it let up for a few minutes for me to get the tarp down and away.
I passed the site of the Battle of Solway Moss (1542) at NY381675. Had never heard of it but was presumably between the English and the Scots.
Longtown was rather a drab little place but has much history due to its border location. The rain got quite nasty as I left which made it seem even more drab. My way out was along an overgrown footpath between a haulage depot and something else industrial.
On the A7, I was tempted by the smell of bacon at a snack van in a layby. I had a superb bacon roll. The lovely lady didn't charge me so that's another £1.80 for my charity (I meant to ask her name - if she reads this, please could she post a note to the blog with it?).
Fortified, I went a short distance along the A7 and took a lane signposted Corries Mill and turned off it after 3/4 mile to Glinger Burn. This went towards the border. A couple of gentleman farmers gave me directions. The border was in a belt of trees called Scots' Dike. I thought maybe someone might have arranged a lone piper. Instead, as I couldn't find any right of way at this point, I fought my way into Scotland through trees and brushwood, emerging at the top of a slope, slithered down and then waded a burn.
At a gate into a farm was the headless body of a deer; it was dead, of course, but a bit spooky nevertheless.
I followed a lane to Evertown and took the track over the crossroads there.
After a mile, my route went somewhat awry and I lost my sense of direction. I came to Glenzier Burn which was maybe a foot deep and fast flowing. I debated whether to remove socks and put plastic bags over my boots. In the end, I crossed over on the adjacent wooden thingy (with a rail above) that farmers put across a stream/burn to stop sheep and other things from being swept downstream. Fortunately, it bore my weight. The GPS then confirmed my location.
From here, I went past Ryehills Farm and took the track to the right at the junction just past The Kerr for just over a mile, before following a path helpfully waymarked by Dumfries & Galloway Countryside Paths to Skipper's Bridge on the A7 just outside Langholm. Here, I followed a lane and paths into the town on the west side of the River Esk.