26 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Same dull depressing fog + a much stronger SSE wind which was very much in my favour. Said goodbye + left them all half dressed about 10.25. The distance to Alnwick via the Bridge is 4.7. Via Lesbury 5.2.1 Took an hour to [do] the first 8 miles but after that did over 10 m.p.h. Stopped for 22 m [minutes] after Akeld2 + had a cigarette. There was slight drizzle then. Got to Kelso at 2.30 + had tea. Left at 13.12 + only dismounted once at Maxton House to put on my cape. It rained heavily to near Selkirk. Got home at 5.10 feeling quite fresh. It had poured here all day. My total mileage since Friday is 217.45 an average of 54.36 for the four days on which I cycled. I only dismounted 5 times between Bewick3 + Selkirk + one of these was to smoke, another for tea + one to put on my cape.

1 Dr Muir crossing the Aln at the Duchess Bridge grid reference NGR NU243,108 and recrossed via Lesbury Old Bridge, NU232,115, rather than stay on the north and east side of the River Aln through Lesbury, NU237,117 (though the two routes meet just north of the Old Bridge and just west of Lesbury House to cross the Aln at Hawkhill Bridge before heading into Alnwick).

2 Akeld, NT958298, where it is probable that Dr Muir turned off the main to to cut across the northern edge of the Cheviot to reach Kelso, (though he does not say as much and may in fact have continued to Coldstream before heading to Kelso).

3 Bewick, NU068,214, S.E. of Wooler.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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