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A Cheviots' Classic

  • Distance: 9.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide: Mike Evens
  • Maximum number of places per day: 12
  • Price Per Person: £14.00

walk notes

This walk offers stunning views into Scotland as well as across the Cheviots.  


Probably one of the best ways to see and feel the essence of the Cheviots range. To get to the beginning of this walk we have to drive deep into the Coquet Valley with many points of interest and wonderful views. 


On this drive we will usually have to negotiate our passage with sheep and cows! If we are lucky we will see herons and dippers as we follow the river to Wedder Leap. 


The summit of this walk is Windy Gyle (619m/2043 feet) from where, in fine weather, we can identify the other major hills in the Cheviots range. 


At the Border Ridge is a cairn, originally Bronze Age, but named after an English Lord shot dead on a 'truce day' at the height of the lawless Border Reiver times in the late 16th century. 


We descend from the Border Ridge down an old 'drover trail' used for bringing sheep from Scotland to markets in Newcastle and Hexham. 


At the end of our walk we can take tea and homemade cake at the Barrowburn Tea Room (not included in the price for the walk).