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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- Distance: 11 miles
- Time: 4 hours
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Starting Point: Barrow Burn
- OS Map: Explorer OL16
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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- 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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