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After the success of my last few walks I was very keen to get out into the hills again and just push myself and my stump to see if I could do that little bit more distance and possibly throw in a few tricky bits just to see how it coped, well that was my thinking.

First problem was where to go , well its not really a problem just takes a bit more thinking about , second problem was cattle , now I don’t really like cattle but I can as a rule live with them , but today I was planning on taking Bob with me , now fat lazy cattle might put up with dogs in popular walking areas where they are used to dogs but I know that the cattle up in the Cheviots and the blood thirsty mean things and wouldn’t think twice about stamping all over poor Bob , so what ever route I chose it had to be cattle free , Bob of course being a young pup doesn’t know about stuff like this , all he wants to do is run and play , we have been taking a lot of time and effort introducing the pups to various wildlife with some success but its still early day , so for the time being I would pick a route where there shouldn’t be any cattle and if there are I would just change my route .

I decided on visiting the small waterfall at Carey Burn, I have done various walks around this area and know the land well, the walk along the Burn is very tricky in places (for me) what with the small rocky path slowly disappearing down the bank as it get eroded away plus there are sections where you have to make your way past the very spiky gorse bushes which tend to cut open your legs very easily, I know all this and still wear shorts so I have got no one to blame but myself .

Bob of course couldn’t wait to get going and was running round the house like a lunatic , I couldn’t help but feel sad for Flynn as I know that he would have wanted to come with us as well , but at the moment I just cant take the chance with two pups , on there own they are really well behaved but together I tend to lose what little bit of control I have over them and they tend to do as they want and only answer my calls when it suits them , still with a bit more training we will get there , it is my fondest wish that I can take both Bob and Flynn out with me when I go into the hills but at the moment I cant , Munchy has let it be known that the hills or any big walks are not for him and if it cold , wet , windy , dark or over 4 miles don’t even bother asking him (what a handbag).

So gear was thrown into the car and off we went. I parked up on the grassy lay by just before the bridge over the Carey Burn in the beautiful Harthope Valley. Coffee made and drunk gear was sorted and off we went, Bob had to be on his lead for the first ten minutes or so as we walked past loads of sheep, these sheep tend to be a bit tougher than the normal sheep and didn’t move until we where almost on top of them, then they snorted and stamped there hooves , Bob didn’t know what to do I think he was torn between barking at them or wanting to run at them and play , either way with a few words of encouragement and the odd tug of the lead he behaved himself , once went entered the valley and got onto the small rock path that runs along the side of Skirl Naked / Hart Heugh (who thinks of these names?) I let Bob off and off he went cashing fly’s , sniffing everything and generally having fun , I was pleased to see that he didn’t wander off to far and always waited for me when we went round a bend or some gorse bushes blocked his view of me .

This section of path proved to be difficult for me with the path all but disappearing in places and being scratched to bits, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the scenery along this valley which is second to none IMHO.










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Keep them coming Mick, you write so well, your photos are great and your dogs are cute.I find your ability to cope with this terrain admirable and as a new 'leg' user, am looking forward to being able to do just a small part of what you do every week!

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I like that "very dramatic" picture of the sheep, Mick...looks like you actually posed them!

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