Climb over a four mile stretch of 700 feet to Beattock although not as high as Shap (note Joe C :-) ). Two 20 year olds passed me but I caught them half a mile from top - Aesop's tortoise again ! Waited for Rob at top and trainspotted including a triple header!

Fantastic B&B/hotel Holmlands Country House - quite opulent amazing loo seats. Note to Mrs Trellis of North Wales, we're both having pie tonight!

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon