Distance 19.4 miles, cumulative 439.09 miles, time 7 hrs 55 mins, waking time 6 hrs 5 mins, pace 3.2 mph, camped Melrose Gibson Park Caravan Club Site.
After leaving our cosy cabin the route followed a combination of the national cycle network route 1 and Southern Upland Way. We had a fine start which turned overcast with thunder rumbling all around us which made for a humid sticky walk. Fortunately, we only had a few spots of rain even though the A road we crossed had a message for us. Very quiet on the trail with only one other walker we spied in the distance.
Melrose is a lovely small town ‘geared up for tourists but not in a naff way’. Today’s cultural highlight was provided by Melrose Abbey which is where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried. We failed to establish where the rest of him is but Melrose had a couple of fine butchers at least one of which has a sense of humour (see picture).
The rugby fans reading this will of course know that Melrose Rugby club is famous for inventing the game of Rugby Sevens in 1883 and there is a rugby heritage museum at the ground. The ground is not quite in the same league as Exeter Chief’s but it has a real charm all of it’s own and is right in the middle of the town.
We noted that we have blog follower/s in Sweden, please let us know who you are, if you are struggling to find a good read in English we can recommend some far more interesting authors but please do say hello. Our Swedish is on a par with Lynn’s dancing and Steve’s singing so probably best to use English.