Charming Cheviot Valley
Wed 26th August 2015
The forecast for the day was promising and turned out to be pretty accurate. Clear blue skies and warm though rather breezy. At times the gusts of winds made conversation difficult, the wind literally taking our words away. But we persisted anyway!
Most of the ascent gained on this walk is within the first mile as we climb the hillfort Great Hetha. We had fine views towards the Newton Tors, the Collingwood Oaks and towards Ring Chesters. We noted the name of the house below Easter Tor which is called Torlee House; the house in the lee of the Tor!!
This part of the Cheviots is very serene. None more so than the view from Wideopen up towards Black Hag. A charming valley tucked away in a corner of the Cheviots. Beautiful to behold. At the Border Ridge we sheltered from the wind by sitting with our backs to England admiring the vista towards Scotland. A group of mountain bikers appeared…we admired their wheels but preferred our boots!
Walking through the forest on our way down we found Fly Agaric ( poisonous having hallucinogenic effects) and the Common Yellow Russulla (Brittlegill). It was once possible to lose your way through this woodland section but unfortunately someone has tied red and white ribbon everywhere to mark the route!!
Once back at Elsdonburn it was an easy stretch back to the car park, which for once, was full to overflowing. We are so lucky to have these hills on our doorstep! A great day out.
Roy Kennard (Hillguide)
Moira Smith (Volunteer)