Welcome to our journal of our hike of the Cross Borders Drove Road. Eve and I started the trail in late November, just as the UK was experiencing a particularly cold period that brought snow and ice to large areas of the UK and freezing temperatures. Every day the walking conditions became increasingly challenging as the temperatures plummeted, snow fell and everything froze into a perfect winter wonderland. As we walked into December it was the perfect start to the Christmas period.
Day 1 | Cross Borders Drove Road
Little Vantage to West Linton | 12.2. miles
On day one of the Cross Borders Drove Road we walked 12.1 miles over the frozen moorland of the Pentland Hills. It was an early start for us as Sarah had to be at work, but it gave us the chance of an early start and hopeful of an early finish.
We walked through fog and mist that was wonderfully atmospheric and we only met one other hiker and a dog walker all all day.
Day 1 journal entry was published on the website, not on Facebook as we would normally do. I got slightly carried away with uploading photographs, including more than 180. The page might be slightly slow to load!
Day 2 | Cross Borders Drove Road
West Linton to Pebbles | 15.2 miles
This was our toughest day on the whole Cross Borders Drove Road. We hiked into increasingly wintery conditions, through the cold freezing rain and into a winter's night. By the time we reached Pebbles, we were exhausted and needed some hot food and a warm drink!
Day 2 - Cross Borders Drove Road - Trail 19 🥾🥾🥾 Evening guys… Sorry for the late post, it’s been a long, tough day on...Posted by Our Spectrum Adventures on Monday, 27 November 2023
Day 3 | Cross Borders Drove Road
Pebbles to Tranquair | 10.4 miles
Waking to snow falling outside, we felt in no rush to head off into the cold white moring air. The first order of the day was to resupply and grab some breakfast. The wind and the cold felt bitter on the exposed hilltops, with snow and ice covering the trail. We hiked into the evening again arriving in Tranquair with backpacks covered in ice that reflected our torchlight like glitter on a childs painting!
A wee update!
Ian & Eve Eve and I (Ian) are walking 1900 miles along all 29 of Scotland’s Great Trails to raise £10000 for Scottish Autism. Please consider supporting us, thank you! justgiving.com/page/scotlands-great-trails gofundme.com/f/scotlands-great-trails buymeacoffee.com/ourspectrumadv We also have a website www.ourspectrumadventures.com/#/portal/signup/freePosted by Our Spectrum Adventures on Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Day 3 - The Cross Borders Drove Road - Trail 19 🥾🥾🥾 Today was another challenging day, but not before a very slow...Posted by Our Spectrum Adventures on Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Day 4 | Cross Borders Drove Road
Traquair to Yarrowford | 00.0 miles
Snow fell over night covering everything with a cold white blanket creating the ultimate winter wonderland. It was perfect, and Eve was... so excited! Todays section of the Cross Borders Drove Road to Yarrowford was slightly shorter than our avwerge as we were meeting with Sarah. We had plans to decorate our backpacks for the festive period ready for the start of Christmas advent.
We received our largest donation of £500 to Just Giving.
Day 4 - The Cross Borders Drove Road - Trail 19 🥾🥾🥾 What an awesome day…£500 donation on Just Giving for Scottish...Posted by Our Spectrum Adventures on Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Day 5 | Cross Borders Drove Road
Yarrowford to Ashkirk | 9.8 miles
The penultimate day on the Cross Borders Drove Road was excellent. It felt festive with decorated backpacks (have a look at our Facebook reel). Everyday on trail feels colder than the previous day. By the time we reached Ashkirk it was dark, our waterbottles had frozen solid and we had ice forming on our cloths. The sunset however was spectacular, with a shade of orange so bright we couldn't help but to feel warm against the white that surrounded us.
Day 5 - The Cross Borders Drove Road - Trail 19 🥾🥾🥾 A feeling of snow crunching under our feet. The deafening silence...Posted by Our Spectrum Adventures on Friday, 1 December 2023
Day 6 | Cross Borders Drove Road
Ashkirk to (west of) Hawick | 6.9 miles
The perfect ending to the Cross Borders Drove Road. We hiked through falling snow, over prestine, crisp white that covered the trail where nobody had walked. We felt like everything was falling (excuse the pun) into place for the perfect ending and it didn't disappoint! The ending was perfect as we walked through falling as we listened to christmas songs and met Sarah to share in the feeling of complaint trail 19 of Scotland's Great Trails.
Evening all… Today we completed another Great Trail of Scotland. Eve has now completed trail 19 of 29 in support of Scottish Autism. The Cross Borders Drove Road was a tough trail to complete, made more challenging in Scottish winter conditions. I will do a write up tomorrow with loads of wintery photographs! This evening we are driving to see family. It’s going to be a late night again as the driving conditions are treacherous. We will be back on a new trail in a few days… Sleep well, keep safe and warm. I will leave Eve to have the closing words… Eve (Mum & Dad) Please donate if you can, thank you! justgiving.com/page/scotlands-great-trails gofundme.com/f/scotlands-great-trails buymeacoffeecom/ourspectrumadvPosted by Our Spectrum Adventures on Saturday, 2 December 2023
Day 6 Cross Borders Drove Road Journal
Our final days journal was originally published on Facebook, but in typical facebook style it was removed for reasons unknown to us... We republished it on the website.
Summary of the Cross Borders Drove Road
The Cross Borders Drove Road was a spectacular adventure and we would highly recommend it to anybody, novice or experienced hiker alike. The Scottish Borders offers so much of everything ,from woodlands to hills and moors with views as spectacular as any of the mighty Scottish munros, especially in the darkness! We had the perfect adventure, meeting some wonderful people on the way, and stayed in some amazing accommodation the likes of which we have never stayed in before!
The Cross Borders Drove Road also taught us a lot about ourselves, from our love of the tranquil piece of winter hiking to refining both of our winter walking equipment and cold weather hiking techniques. Eve loved the ice and snow and hopes to through more over the coming winter months.