The walking group set out on Saturday from East Linton after an excellent, if not perhaps healthy, brunch at the Linton Hotel. It was a mild, still, overcast day; somewhat muddy underfoot for quite a lot of the way.
We walked inside Hailes Castle, which evidently looked like this in 1240...
but has deteriorated somewhat since then. Well, you would, wouldn't you?
One of the less muddy stretches.
People had brought mulled wine and mince pies. It would have been rude to refuse.
Seven miles later (tramping through mud is more tiring than dry walking) we got to Haddington. The river hadn't a ripple. It was about four; night was beginning to fall.
We admired St Mary's Church on the other side of the river and then went into The Riverside to have Christmas dinner. I'm not sure that we'd worked off our brunch, mulled wine and mince pies by then but... anyway, it was a lovely day.