Monday, December 05, 2016


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.


  1. Sounds splendid and mulled wine and mince pies are the law aren't they, it being December and that!

  2. Wonderful views and stories. I like those difficult walks because I always feel so accomplished afterward. And it does justify a bit more food and drink. :)

  3. Wow -- it looks like a perfect day to me. I'm so envious -- it's surely better than my daily activities ;-D Did they ferry you back to the starting point? Or did you do a 7-mile circle?

  4. Gosh, I'm coming on your walks, how civilized!
    Such a pretty view at dusk.

  5. Castles and churches and mulled wine and mince pies.... HEAVEN!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Am suffering cravings for mulled wine and mince pies and have walked nowhere.

  7. A wonderful walk! In Ohio we don't get to see ancient castles on our walks! Lucky you!

  8. How nice to have a fun group to walk with. And you do have lovely walking nearby.