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Sunday 21st May 2006 Day 19
Its always the same on the last day of a long walk – a feeling of anti-climax. You feel that you want to walk for ever. No more planning, no more camaraderie with fellow walkers and then the return to the humdrum of normal life.
It was a glorious morning as after a good breakfast we took our campervan lift back to Cocklawfoot. It took us just an hour to climb back up the 2 ¼ miles to the ridge we left yesterday afternoon.
On top the walking was quite easy with flagstones and board walks over the boggy stretches. The hills and views were fantastic in the lovely weather just confirming what we had missed in yesterdays misty conditions. This is how walking should be like – no people, no four wheeled drives and no trials bikes, just glorious scenery and perfect peace with just the sounds of nature all around – beautiful.
We ate lunch outside the mountain rescue hut resting in the warm sunshine everybody a little subdued as the walk neared its end. The last peak of the whole walk followed straight after lunch – The Schil a very conical hill at 1972 ft. After this it was downhill all the way to join the tarmac road to Kirk Yetholm .This seemed a long walk and to add insult there is a hill just before the end.
It just started to rain as we made for the Border Hotel and claim our free ale and photographs .After a rest and baths we returned to the hotel to toast our efforts with champagne and eat a lovely meal in the restaurant.
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