Lauder to Longformacus, 25Km
Heavy rain overnight. I could see rain falling all around me today, wonderful dramatic clouds in the sky and rumbles of thunder, but I walked in a bubble of dryness across the featureless and windswept heathery moorland of the Lammermuir Hills. The clouds were so low I almost had to duck under them to see the way. In fact there wasn’t a way for the first half, just the lonely waymarks in the moor, beckoning me onwards.
The Cicerone guidebook warned against complacency, “In conditions of dense hill fog, high winds or continuous heavy rain with low visibility, only the experienced, navigationally competent and well equipped should set out across these moors. Winter blizzards can be abominable”. Sure enough, I was soon lost but my iPhone seemed to know the way and eventually I picked up the old track which led to the summit of Twin Law with its two huge cairns and a triangulation pillar adopted by some local walkers when the OS went digital in 1994.
I sat there eating my chicken roll and drinking a fine cup of Nescafé and tried to imagine those awful winter conditions. Next time I listen to the weather forecast in December and they say “heavy snow in the Scottish highlands and southern uplands”, I shall think of my picnic lunch on Twin Law in the Lammermuir Hills.