Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Run to Berwick upon Tweed

A run to the beautiful Borders on Monday with an ecclesiastical flavour and a minor drama.

It was cool but bright start that warmed up nicely. My usual route to the borders these days is on a back road through the village of Carmichael in Lanarkshire. Just after the village is this impressive view.

At Lilliesleaf I came across this autumn scene, a field of cut hay.

Lilliesleaf Kirk - is it weird hanging about in graveyards?

The village of Ancrum.

It was near Ancrum that I had a problem. The immaculate handling of the SV became a bit wobbly. This could only mean one thing - a puncture. Actually a very slow puncture caused by a tiny piece of metal. The tyre was still ok to ride on. 

At Kelso I tried Lidl and bought a tyre sealer. I already got one of these…in the garage…doh! I didn't use it but kept it as insurance for later.

At Coldstream with is this magnificent bridge over the River Tweed. Here river forms the border between Scotland and England.

I hadn't noticed it before but there's a marriage house at the north end of the bridge. In times past (and, to an extend still) Scotland had a lower marriage age and young lovers would head north to wed.

The Tweed, here I'm straddling the border.

Another country, another church. Cornhill-on-Tweed in England. Maybe I could seek Devine help to get me home…nah, I know what I'm doing.

I got this cheap pump in the Tesco store in Berwick. The tyre was at 15 psi - low but not silly. I re-inflated it and it got me home ok. It's a sign of the times that an mini electric pump was cheaper. I should fit a power socket under the seat and carry one of these.


The cliffs on the coast north of Berwick

In the Lammermuir Hills, south of Edinburgh on the way home.  


  1. Ahhh such beautiful scenery. Is it wrong I like the views better than the Portugal ones?

    Nothing wrong with cemetery pics - we frequently stop at old ones while on the bikes.

    1. Not at all. I'm not that keen on the landscape of southern Europe - too scrubby & barren, I prefer a bit of greenery.

      More graveyards on the way!