B.E.G. Manor Valley Walk and Annual BBQ

Graham Little reports:

Having promised good, if windy, weather for Saturday 19th August, the weather forecast belatedly announced heavy rain showers. Undeterred, 12 B.E.G. members and guests (youngest 8 years old) plus two dogs set off from the car park at the end of the Manor Valley road, south of Peebles, determined to make the best of the day. Following the grassy track that runs up the east flank of the glen (and eventually leads to the Megget Reservoir), much of the conversation was about the recent B.E.G. trip to Bolivia and the future of the organisation. Passing above the meltwater channel of Bitch Cleuch, we came to the small cairn at the highest point of the track (567m) and turned west onto rough ground and into the full blast of the westerly wind. Passing over Greenside Law (643m), in a heavy rain shower, we descended to Water Head. The original plan was to follow the Thief’s Road up onto the main ridge and to the summit of Dollar Law but, given the strength of the wind and the threatening cloud, we decided to implement ‘plan B’. The descent of the upper Manor Valley, with its steep, sculptured flanks, was even favoured by a brief glimmer of sunshine! Returning to the cars there was a general feeling that we’d had a good walk and that it was time to return to Peebles for tea and tray bakes (courtesy of Sophie). This was soon followed up by a BBQ (delivered by Graham from a wet and windy garden). Numbers swelled to 15 with a straggler arriving early evening just in time to finish the last glass of Prosecco! Although the day hadn’t gone entirely to plan, all agreed that it had been great fun. Hopefully there will be others to come.

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