Windy Gyle - in the snow
Sun 1st May 2016
After all the weather we have had in the last week we arrived into the car park on the morning of the walk in near perfect conditions.
It looked like there was snow on the tops which would certainly make for a great days walking.
After quick introductions a well-equipped group of walkers set off up the road before joining ‘The Street’ as we climbed steeply to get our first fine view of the day, looking back on the Coquet Valley.
As we crossed Hindside Knowe it quickly came clear that the snow had drifted in places but we made our way through making good progress.
After a quick coffee break we made our way onwards and upwards over Black Braes and as the snow became deeper we decided to stop for lunch at the point we joined the Pennine Way. As we stopped for lunch we could see two walkers in the distance and over our lunch stop we could asses there progress as they also scaled the mighty Windy Gyle.
After lunch progress was fairly slow over Windy Rigg as the snow became deeper but the group managed well and as the sun came out for our final ascent up to Windy Gyle we all summited with smiles on our faces. At the summit the temperature quickly dropped and we went from T-shirts to full winter clothing in a matter of minutes.
After the group summit pictures we passed back across the fence and followed the path along the border. During this section of the walk we were treated to 4 seasons in an hour but after a hard hour of walking we eventually arrived at Clennel Street.
As we descended to snow became a little slushy in places but this actually made it harder to walk through and a few members members of the group ended up on their backsides.
We then just had three small climbs and a rise before the famous Barrowburn Tea Room as we climbed The Middle and Middle Hill (two climbs in Middle Hill) before dropped down to the small burn before the final rise.
Tea and cakes where well received in the Barrowburn tea room.
It was a great group who all managed the conditions very well, it will certainly be a walk to look back on with fond memories.