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The Cheviot 2017

The Cheviot 2017

Wed 31st May 2017

The Cheviot – Sunday 28th May

It was a glorious morning as our group of walkers for the day met at the head of the Harthope valley. The heat of the previous days had been replaced with a fresh breeze and bright sunshine although the high hills were covered in cloud.

Mark welcomed everyone and gave a brief outline of the walk and ensured everyone had sufficient refreshment before we started the ascent of our first hill of the day – Cold Law. Hearts were quickly pumping as we made our way to the summit and the higher we went, the stronger the breeze. Our first coffee stop of the day was just below the trig point at the summit and as anticipated fabulous views of the Cheviots in all directions were enjoyed. Mark was able to point out various landmarks and also explained that we would be celebrating the inaugural “Northumbria Day” by unfurling the Northumberland flag at the top of Cheviot. However as Cheviot was still covered in cloud, we took the opportunity of flying the flag and taking some photos here despite the windy conditions.

The well defined path took us down from Cold Law to the foot of Broadhope hill and we then began to gradually climb. Mark decided to head diagonally across the heather towards Scald Hill. Underfoot the normally boggy peat hags were exceptionally dry and steady progress was made to the foot of the Cheviot. Our lunch stop was in a secluded and dry and sheltered stream bed just off the beaten track and with cloud still on the top, the flag was displayed once more. Suitably fortified we began the steep climb up to the summit plateau – fortunately we were a fit group and made good time and by the time we reached the summit the wind had abated and the cloud had disappeared.

After more refreshment and photos at the Cheviot summit, we followed the path to the head of the Harthope burn and began the slow but delightful descent back to the valley bottom. The sun was shining and it was by now quite warm and the views of Hedgehope, the surrounding hills and the valley were quite stunning. The burn had to be cris crossed many times but we all arrived safely and without incident at the sheep pens where the valley became much wider and then followed  the track back to our starting point.

This had been a wonderful days walking  thoroughly enjoyed by all and Mark thanked everyone for their company and for the variety of sweets that were handed out at each stop!

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