Althelstaneford, Trapain Law and East Linton run

This weekend I was very happy to join some friends, and old running club members, for an end of summer long run. We met in the peaceful village of Athelstaneford, the birthplace of the saltire, and headed over fields and past the ruin of an unfinished castle.

We then wound our way down and joined the River Tyne path. The path passes Hailes Castle on the opposite path which was looking very lovely in the sun.

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Next we tracked up hill and inland towards the imposing Trapain law, following part of the route of the June Law race. The hedges near the Law are heavy with brambles which I must go back for this week. There’s a small herd of beautiful exmoor ponies on Trapain Law (and also on North Berwick), one of which was a little surprised to see so lycra-clad humans running on his path.

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After a steep climb the views from the top of the Law were really special. The sun made an appearance for us and we could see all the way to the North Berwick Law and Bass Rock with a patchwork of fields in front of them.

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The way down the Law was not for the faint-hearted but we all made it injury free. After a rather nice run downhill we headed into East Linton where my run ended. Some of the fitter group members carried on to North Berwick but childcare duties were calling for me.

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