spoke with Marc and here’s his update.
A less eventful day!
First 6 miles walked through a high-level forest plantation, then climbed to Ettrick head approx 1700ft, shortly after crossed out of Dumfries into Scottish Borders County.
Next an exhausting 6-mile stretch on tarmac, which was a killer for the feet, the road, followed the Ettrick water between two picturesque valleys.
Saw a badger, started climbing again up to 1400ft, and then 4 miles on a thin ridge ¾ way up a valley had to take it slow for fear of falling on loose rocks. Next a 21/2 mile decent into St Mary Loch, temperatures rapidly dropping and all suffering from cold and exhaustion.
Tonight they are staying at Tibbie Shiels Inn, which is the only place in a 15 square mile radius and has been taking in travellers for hundreds of year.
Today they walk 25.6, the official guidebook splits it into two days but they’re attempting in 1 day setting off at 7am and hoping to finish by 7pm!