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May 2019
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The Street via Windy Gyle

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide:
  • Maximum number of places per day: 16
  • Price Per Person: £13.00

walk notes

A classic Cheviot walk taking-in a substantial stretch of one of the legendary Streets or drove roads.  Or does it?  


The Street may or may not be an example of an old continuous route across the Border.  The route appears as the “Clattering Path” on Roy’s mid-18th century map but is not mentioned at all in medieval documents.  Nevertheless it provides excellent access to the Border Ridge and the Reiver related stories surrounding the origin of Russell’s Cairn on Windy Gyle at 619 metres above sea level, not to mention the views.  The substantial cairn referred to may be Bronze Age; it certainly pre-dates the commemoration of the death of Lord Francis Russell on 27th July 1585.  


The descent via Scotchman’s Ford and Little Ward Law towards Trows and Rowhope farms demonstrates classic hill sheep farming country and all on the “dry” training area (i.e. no live firing) of the MoD’s Otterburn Ranges which occupy 23% of the total area of the Northumberland National Park.  


There is a lot to see and experience in the course of this relatively short walk, join us if you can for a good day out.