Monday 23 September 2013

The Cheviots

With an improvement in the weather forecast at the end of last week, I drove over to Alwinton with a loose plan to bag the Cheviot Nuttalls and a few required Marilyns. I carried enough food and fuel for two nights, but in the end only camped for one night. I find these days that I cover the miles much quicker on my own than in company....(probably cos' I only have to concentrate on breathing and can forget talking!)  I considered titling this post "Following Fences in the Cheviots", for reasons that will become obvious! Anyway without further ado here are some phots of the trip......

Having phoned the police to tell them my car would be left unattended off I went.

Basically I followed the River Alwin, rather a nice walk whilst I was out in the open.

However all to soon I entered the conifer plantation of Kidland, alot of this is being felled and I was diverted a good couple of miles off my planned route.

At a replanted area a thin thread of a path led out of the forest towards Cushat Law.

A rare image of your author...silly old fool he should know better than to venture to such places on his own!!

The large summit cairn of Cushat Law. Quite where they found all the stones for this large and apparantly old cairn is anyones guess.

Looking back to Cushat Law from the upper slopes of Bloodybush Edge, the route just follows the fence.

The trig on Bloodybush Edge. Lots of fences here!

I dropped down to the Salter's Road, which I followed down into the upper Breamish valley. I was glad to find a good pitch for the tent. It was dark by the time I'd had something to eat, I was soon asleep.

Early morning, I'd slept ok, but was aware that habitation was closer than I'd have liked. So I got the tent down and was on my way by 8.15.

Pathless slopes led to the top of Sheilcough Edge, the rocky knoll of Coldlaw Cairn was the next target. Just follow the fence really!

Coldlaw Cairn came soon enough, Hedgehope Hill looked a long way off with Comb Fell to "climb" first.

Theres lots of this en route to Comb Fell.

This large fence post is as far as I can tell the "summit" of Comb Fell, It was boggy, and I knew I'd be coming back this way!

Hedgehope Hill, follow the fence! But whats the new stile all about...has someone been practicing?

Hedgehope Hill, the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne were visible off the coast to the east. My route would be back beside my friend the fence over Comb Fell (again) and round the head of the Harthope valley to The Cheviot.

Theres not a lot of foreground interest here-a bouts other than bog and fences so here's a gate! And the view down the Harthope valley as I start to climb up towards The Cheviot.

Ahhh flags...I must be on the Pennine Way!

Yep, I'm on the Pennine Way. Cheviot here I come!

The summit of The Cheviot...did the peat ever really reach the base of the trig?

Here the Pennine Way heads Northish to The Schil and Kirk Yetholm.
Of more importance is the "Fence",  now this isn't just any old fence this is "The Border Fence". Alex Salmond is going to have to spend a bit of money on this feeble attempt to keep us English out of Scotland!

Looking back towards The Cheviot. 

The weather was starting to deteriorate as I approached Windy Gayle, the cloud base dropping all the while.

The trig on Windy Gayle, the view had disappeared just as I arrived sadly.

The long walk out back to Alwinton started with a splendid grassy path down to Trows.

The farmstead of looked almost deserted ,but not quite!
The rest of the walk was on tarmac down Upper Coquet Dale, this is no hardship really, its a very quiet road. I arrived back at the car for 6pm almost exactly what I thought as I left Windy Gayle at 2pm.
A great couple of days mopping up Marilyns and Nuttalls and a good introduction to the Cheviot hills.


  1. Another fine walk. Glad to see somebody out and about and enjoying the weather.

  2. Grand terrain to stride out over Alan. This was my first visit to walk, although I've been to the area on many occasions on the motorbike exploring the villages in this part of the world.

  3. looks like a new rucksack you've got there!

  4. Good gear spot!..and very comfortable it is too!