DAY 73: Coldstream to Longformacus (18.22m)

Back walking on my own and my first day in Scotland. I leave Coldstream on a long, straight road north and then cut off into a wood for some variety. 

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Due to the mud I give up on the wood relatively quickly and get back onto the road. 

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Seven miles outside Coldstream I reach the hamlet of Mount Pleasant. It's a running joke in Scotland that they get four seasons in one day. I'm walking along in a t-shirt enjoying the sun when, out of nowhere, it absolutely chucks it down. And then it's back to sunny again, all in the space of ten minutes. 

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Cross the River Blackadder and down into the town of Duns, where it's the country show and the sound of bagpipes drifts across the town.  

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Up until now today's walk has been enjoyable but unremarkable. After Duns I head up onto the moors with great views of the borders. It rains on one side but as I come down the other side it's a beautiful evening. 

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The final stretch into Longformacus is along another stretch of straight road, bordered by trees and passing a isolated graveyard. 

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House with paintings on the outside  

House with paintings on the outside  

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