The Cheviot with a twist
Wed 22nd June 2016
Everyone met in good time at Hethpool and Mike gave his inimitable welcome and outlined the day’s walk. He also advised that whilst he was the official walk leader, that Mark would in fact be acting as leader today. Everyone (bar one) was raring to go – Mike readily admitted this was not his favourite walk and route up The Cheviot!
The group drove down to Mounthooley and with fine weather and excellent visibility the steady climb to the border ridge and “elevenses” at the Mountain Refuge Hut commenced. Stunning views of the Hen Hole and the ridge to Windy Gyle and Mozie Law and down the College valley to Hethpool were enjoyed. Suitably refreshed and recharged Mark led the heart pumping climb to Auchope Cairn and after a short rest proceeded to the summit of Cheviot. A huge achievement for a number of walkers.
Lunch was enjoyed on soft(but damp) grass albeit with a stiff breeze with wonderful views of Hedgehope, the Harthope Valley and in the distance Yeavering Bell. The steep descent to Goldsclough, where the valley is now denuded of trees, was followed by the gentle climb from Dunsdale around Fawcett Shank and back to Mounthooley. Navigation for the day was extremely accurate until the very last section (Mike was in front at this point) when the correct path through the woods was missed resulting in a stream crossing – the stream was fortunately calm and shallow!
As the cars were reached so the first drops of rain were felt. Perfect timing to the end of a strenuous walk which was enjoyed by all. Even Mike admitted the walk was not as bad as he feared!
My thanks to Moira who back marked and the walkers themselves for making this such an enjoyable day.