Day 13 – Lauder to Ellemford Bridge (21.1 miles)

Today was the penultimate day and ‘the big one’, the day we’ll walk the furthest.
From Lauder we first ventured through the Thirlestane Castle estate where we encountered a large herd of very inquisitive cows. Keeping them at arms length was a challenge whilst trying to reach the ‘exit field’ stile.
The main part of today’s walk would be spent venturing over ‘The Lammermuir Hills’ (or Lambs Moor) a vast expanse of nothingness, except heather, bog & old barns. The highlight, the trig point and large twin cairns at ‘Twin Law’ (447m), we used this as our halfway lunch stop.
Next was Watch Water reservoir, it seemed like a prime spot for local fishermen. We, however, didn’t have time to be sitting on the bank with a rod & reel waiting for something to happen. On we went to a little village called ‘Longformacus’, now in the planning this was a potential overnight accommodation stop, but unfortunately I was unable to find anything there. No pub, no B&B, nothing.
So instead we had about 5 miles left to walk to the next B&B I’d been able to find. The bonus being we’d have fewer miles to walk on our final day tomorrow and so we can take our time & savour it more.
Despite it being the furthest we’d walked we still managed to arrive before 5:30 🙂
Stats: Total Mileage: 214.2 Pint Count: 32

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