The Lammermuirs

The last three days I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council supervising a Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition for a group from Trinity Academy. Their route traversed the Lammermuirs from Lauder on the west to near Stenton on the northern edge with a high point of Twin Law. It took in some beautiful moorland and two secluded wild camps.

Trig point and standing stone on Dabshead Hill.

The weather was a mix of sunshine and heavy showers and the group dealt with the conditions well.

Bangholm and the Lammermuirs

This week I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council delivering Silver DofE Training for a group from Trinity Academy. On Monday and Tuesday we were based out of Bangholm Outdoor Centre and the last three days we’ve been out in the Lammermuir Hills for a practice expedition.

Wild camping in the Lammermuirs.

The Lammermuirs are beautiful rolling moorland hills south east of Edinburgh and ideal for this sort of expedition.

Pentlands and Lammermuirs

This week I’ve been running a Silver DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council. This included navigation in the Pentland Hills on Tuesday and a three day practice expedition in the Lammermuirs.

The group approaching the Meikle Says Law trig point.

The group approaching the Meikle Says Law trig point.

The expedition took in Meikle Says Law and some delightful and, at times, tough walking terrain with a couple of beautiful camping spots. The group coped very well with some very mixed weather, which changed from heavy rain to bright sunshine on a fairly regular basis.

Lammermuirs

Unusually, I’ve had a relaxing bank holiday weekend with Jen and we’ve ventured out for a couple of quick walks on some obscure Lammermuir outliers. On Saturday afternoon we headed up Cocklaw Hill near Dunbar. An easy walk, but with great views to North Berwick Law, Bass Rock, the Lomonds and up to the snowy Angus Glens.

Jen at the trig point on Cocklaw Hill

Jen at the trig point on Cocklaw Hill

Today we were out on Hartside Hill and Clints Hill; again excellent views, but with a bit more haze preventing us seeing as far as the snowier hills. Plenty of signs of spring in this area with larks singing, butterflies out and about and pools full of mating frogs. It’s lambing time in this area, so if you are out and about take care to minimise any disturbance to the ewes.

Springtime for the toads

Springtime for the toads