Eildon Hills Walk
Reaching the saddle, St Cuthbert's Way heads straight over and down to Bowden. You will be heading over Eildon Hill North, so a visit to Mid and Wester, by turning right would seem to be sensible. Mid is the highest of the three at 422 metres, closely followed by North at 404 metres and Wester at 371metres. Between Mid and Wester is the fourth Eildon - so much for Trimontium - Little Hill.
Should you decide that some sustenance is necessary, please remember to take any leftovers and the packaging back down with you. The locals are not too keen on having to clear the hillside at regular intervals - they shouldn't have to!
At this point it is worth considering what you are actually standing on.
Geologically speaking, this is a 'composite laccolith'; - to the man in the street it is the remains of a series of underground volcanic mounds, made when the liquid rock below was pushed up into the overlying rock, before solidifying. This overlying rock has, over the years, been worn away by the ice ages and the weather leaving the hard acid rock exposed. The remains of the overlying rock have formed the rich soil at the foot of the hills.
So the growing conditions at the top and those at the foot are totally different, leading to a different flora - heather and bracken at the top; grass and farmland at the bottom.
The fourth Eildon - Little Hill - was made later and is the remains of a volcano which reached the surface, before it, too, was eroded away. Its flora is different as the soil composition is different.
Eildon Hills Walk: Previous Page Next Page