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Walk 10 - Windy Gyle

This is my all time favourite walk in Northumberland. I never get tired of walking Windy Gyle. If you only try one of my walks in Northumberland this is the one.



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walk summary

This is my all time favourite walk in Northumberland. I never get tired of walking Windy Gyle.


Apart from the Cheviot itself it must be one of the most known summits in Northumberland but luckily its relative isolation seems to keep a lot of people away.


This wonderful route follows ‘The Street’, an old drovers road to the border fence between England and Scotland. You follow the border fence, then cross over into Scotland to reach the summit of Windy Gyle. You keep your height here for a while following the Pennine Way and the border fence. You descend down ‘Clennell Street’, another drover’s road that has been worn away over many centuries.


If you only do one walk in Northumberland this is it. The walk follows good clear paths throughout but strong shoes and waterproofs are essential.


We have some truly stunning walks in Northumberland but this is no 1, so what are you waiting for.



Distances and driving times to starting point


Newcastle - Distance: 51 miles


Sunderland - Distance: 64 miles


Hexham - Distance: 43 miles


Alnwick - Distance: 25 miles


Edinburgh - Distance: 76 miles


 


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shepherd's notes

- This walk guide contains route data which can be used in conjunction with your own GPS.


- PR wrote, 'This was a super walk - the weather was calm and the 'Gyle' did not live up to its name. It was a calm day. Earlier in the week we had spoken to someone about this walk and been told there were wild goats in the area. To our delight and surprise there were three on the path leading to the four-way signpost where the path meets the Pennine Way. It made our day. Excellent walk, but strenuous'.


- The greatest walk in Northumberland. I recomended this walk to the listeners of Radio Newcastle.

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Posted By: Shiela Tennant | Sun 31st July 2011

We have had a number of our b and b guests who have followed this walk and have really enjoyed it. A great showcase of of the great walks in Northumberland we have on our doorstep.

Thanks Shepherds Walks

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Posted By: Peter Marks | Sun 10th June 2012

Did this walk yesterday and really enjoyed it, especially when the sun came out in the afternoon.

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Posted By: Simon Smith | Sun 10th June 2012

Great recommendation, Windy Gyle.

I agree one of the best walks in Northumberland.

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Posted By: Graham Handerson | Wed 13th June 2012

Great intructions, thanks for a good days walking.

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Posted By: Darrel Birkett | Mon 23rd July 2012

Hi, great walk and it was quite blustery on top. Really well written guide though. 3rd time Ive done the walk but this guide I found gave just that little more info so you were clear which gate/path to take etc.

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Posted By: Valerie Stanley | Tue 24th March 2015

Did Windy Gyle today, marvellous day, sunshine, no wind so had our lunch at Russell Cairn, just started to continue our walk when there was a massive hailstone storm!!!!! Carried on through it as well wrapped up into lovely sunshine again. Will definitely do this walk again.

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Posted By: Christine Penny | Mon 14th November 2016

I agree - I never tire of this Windy Gyle route. Sunshine or snow, wind cloud or rain - a fantastic walk. Make sure you have dubbin on your boots! No goats today but lots of amazingly coloured waxcap mushrooms. Saw the super moon on the way home : )

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