Thursday 11, September. Kielder Forest to Edinburgh. 68 miles

Bloody midges were up early today as soon as it was light they were there, apparently it’s the carbon monoxide we breath out that attracts them so another camper told me this morning, perhaps I’ll stop breathing then! Very foggy again this morning you could only see about 100 metres ahead which was a real shame as I’m sure that the scenery would have been pretty breath taking as I climbed up the 1370m climb to Carter Bar the border between England and Scotland, it only started to clear as I descended down the other side and it certainly was breath taking, pine forests dotted around with big mountains as a back drop. Despite the beauty it was bloody cold coming down, I even put my fleece on for the first time on this trip! It remained hilly for the rest of the day although not as bad as yesterday, I did however have one more big climb at just over 1200m. Arrived in Edinburgh at around 4 o’clock and as per normal stopped at the first hotel I found, only to find it was full, no problem I thought there must be 100’s of hotels I’ll just try another one, the next one was also full and the next and the next and so on! Even the hotels that had sister hotels in the area were also full! I’ve eventually found another faceless international hotel that really isn’t worth the money they charge! Hopefully I’ll be camping again tomorrow!

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