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Windy Gyle - July 2017

Windy Gyle - July 2017

Tue 11th July 2017

Our walking group of 8 started  walking promptly at 9.30am on a beautiful clear, sunny and warm morning – the perfect weather for walking in the Cheviots.

We walked past Barrowburn (and a particularly noisy flock of sheep) and continued on the road until we reached the old drovers, traders and Border Reivers track of the Middle Ages known as the Street. The path took us on a steady climb to the border ridge and the Pennine Way - half way up we were rewarded with the sight of a small herd of wild goats much to the delight of all. Mark told us this was the first time he had seen the goats in this area of the hills and took some photographs to record the sight. Our route followed the border east to the summit of Windy Gyle (619m) and Russellís cairn where we had lunch. Here we enjoyed fabulous views in every direction and saw the hills at their very best. Mark explained how the cairn was named following the murder of Sir Francis Russell (a warden of the English march at the time) supposedly by his Scottish counterpart in 1585.  

Suitably refreshed we continued along the border until we reached Clennell Street (another of the  old drovers routes). Here we turned south and walked between two wooded areas and were again rewarded with more wildlife in their natural habitat – this time a deer with its fawn. A really lovely sight. Our path then took is past Murder Cleugh and Annette was able to give us the sorry tale of Robert Lumsden and Isabella Sugden dating back to 1610.Skirting Barrow Law, our well defined track steadily descended to our starting point at Weders Leap car park.

This 11 mile walk has to be one of the finest in Northumberland particularly with the superb weather we enjoyed all day – a sentiment echoed by everyone in our party.

Mark

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