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Smart walkers may head for land of Dunces

Posted 8 December 2010
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Smart walkers may head for land of Dunces
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Those keen to pick up their trekking poles and walk in the Scottish lowlands may enjoy a route in the place from which the word "dunce" emerged.

Featured in the Scotsman newspaper, the five-mile trek is centred on the Berwickshire town of Duns, which it notes was famous for its 13th century philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus, whose followers were nicknamed "dunses" after his ideas fell out of favour.

It involves a climb of 460 ft to the top of Duns Law, which may make winter jackets a good idea in view of the current weather and that which may be expected in the next few months.

Also on the route is Duns Castle and the path crosses its estate, with features along the way including an artificial lake bearing the name Hen Poo.

Walkers in the Scottish Lowlands may enjoy a wide range of routes, with the highest peak in the region being Merrick in the Galloway Forest, at 2,766 ft high.