Distance walked 19 miles
Total distance walked 685 miles
Distance left 367 miles
The waking view!
I stayed on the Southern Upland Way for a further two miles until Blackhouse where I took the track alongside Douglas Burn for half a mile before entering the forest at Blakehope Rig, north and then north west to Whitehowe Head. In the forest, I saw a footpath sign to Craig Douglas (well, I thought it was amusing)!
A welcome sign at NT273286
Here, things went somewhat pearshaped. On the map, the path I wanted to Peebles should have been there, going over Birkscairn Hill and Kirkhope Law. However, I couldn't see it at all in the heather around me or make it out in the hillside beyond. I floundered around a bit trying to find it but my schedule doesn't allow time for trailblazing.
There was a waymark for Peebles via The Glen and I headed in this direction although, I realised later, would result in three extra miles walking. From Whitehowe Head, there was no path to The Glen and little evidence of it on the ground but I found the way with little difficulty, dropping down to it by a derelict property called Glenshiel Banks.
I followed an unmade road for two miles, passing by Glen House, a grand, turreted affair, then taking the path round a hill called Orchard Rig. The path then entered Cardrona Forest and the way was easy to the forest track by Kirk Burn. I followed this for a mile and a half to the B7062 which took me for three and a half not unpleasant miles into Peebles.