Walking in the Scottish Borders – Grey Mares Tail

We spent last weekend walking in the Scottish borders, Autumn is one of my favourite times of year to be out, I love seeing the long shadows showing landscape features you might not see normally. We did get one dry fine day to walk up to Grey Mares Tail, one of Scotland’s finest waterfalls with a cascade of 60m.
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The walk starts off on a quite steep path, but there is a gentler path on the other side that only goes to the waterfall.

We headed upwards along a very good path to Loch Skeen. This area was formed by glaciation, the waterfall is the result of there being a hanging valley, and looking back  you could easily see on the far hillside where the ice had scoured and formed the U shaped valley.
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Further up the path you get a closer view of one of the cascades.
P1380053Once you get above the waterfall the ground is much flatter, the path follows the stream, past the  hummocks of glacial moraine deposits.
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P1380059As we walked along following the stream we came upon this bend in the path, I’m telling you this as when we turned the corner the sight took me totally by surprise.

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Suddenly you come upon Loch Skeen.

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After taking in the views for as long as the cold allowed we headed back down  and drove to Dobbs Linn in search of graptolite fossils but sadly we didn’t find a thing.

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It was a great day out, seeing a flock of fieldfares really made my day, and the trees were looking splendid in full Autumn colour, but that’s another post.

 

 

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