Geo-Trips :: Pennine Way north

Cheviots

A walk from Byrness, Tue, 24 Mar 2009 by Oliver Dixon

I never tackled the Pennine Way in my youth, and I certainly wouldn't want to try now, but since moving to Northumberland, I have had a yearning to complete the final 45 km stage from Byrness to Kirk Yetholm - not in one day you understand (my sons did it in one day, but even that was a good few years ago), but rather splitting it into two stages, dropping down for the night to stay at Uswayford. So I set off early one morning from Hexham, caught the bus to Bellingham and then took a taxi out to Byrness. The day was fine when I started out, but in the afternoon, as I approached Windy Gyle, the weather took a distinct turn for the worse, with snow flurries and a very strong wind. I was mighty glad to drop down to the valley floor at Uswayford where I spent the night. And the following morning, with a northerly gale blowing, I decided to postpone the second leg until later in the season.

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NT7807 : Head of Coquetdale by Oliver Dixon
Head of Coquetdale
A very faint track along the upper Coquet provides a short cut for the Pennine Way... more

NT7702 : The Byrness by Oliver Dixon
The Byrness
Small private hotel at the start of the last and most challenging 42 Km stage of... more

NT7704 : Pennine Way on Houx Hill by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way on Houx Hill
Just after the start of the challenging 42 Km last stage of the Pennine Way, the... more

NT7705 : A boggy section of the Pennine Way by Oliver Dixon
A boggy section of the Pennine Way
Just above Cuddy Crag. Unlike other sections further on along the stage towards... more

NT7706 : Boardwalk on Ogre Hill by Oliver Dixon
Boardwalk on Ogre Hill
The inscription on this board walk which carries the Pennine Way over boggy ground... more

NT7707 : Boardwalk and gate at Coquet Head by Oliver Dixon
Boardwalk and gate at Coquet Head
Where the Pennine Way, the best known of the English National Trails, crosses the... more

NT7808 : Roman remains at Chew Green by Oliver Dixon
Roman remains at Chew Green
There is a complex set of overlapping Roman earthworks of varying date at Chew... more

NT7809 : Pennine Way on the slopes of Brownhart Law by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way on the slopes of Brownhart Law
A faint path, marked by posts, follows the course of the Pennine Way, Britain's... more

NT7810 : Border crossing on Dere Street by Oliver Dixon
Border crossing on Dere Street
At this point Dere Street, the old Roman road from York, crosses the Scottish... more

NT7811 : Pennine Way near Blackhall Hill by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way near Blackhall Hill
Over many boggy sections of the last stage of the Pennine Way between Byrness and... more

NT7908 : Looking across Coquetdale by Oliver Dixon
Looking across Coquetdale
View from the Pennine Way southwards into the Otterburn ranges... more

NT7909 : Pennine Way on Brownhart Law by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way on Brownhart Law
A gate on the Pennine Way, the first National Trail to be established in Britain in 1965.

NT7911 : Pennine Way by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way
The National Trail passes between Blackhall Hill and Wedder Hill in the Cheviots.

NT7912 : Wild goats on the Cheviots by Oliver Dixon
Wild goats on the Cheviots
Wild goats have ranged the Cheviots for many centuries... more

NT8012 : Mountain refuge hut on Yearning Saddle by Oliver Dixon
Mountain refuge hut on Yearning Saddle
On the final 42 km stage of the Pennine Way, the most strenuous day of all, there... more

NT8012 : Inside Yearning Saddle Mountain Refuge Hut by Oliver Dixon
Inside Yearning Saddle Mountain Refuge Hut
On the final 42 km stage of the Pennine Way, the most strenuous day of all, there... more

NT8013 : Looking into Scotland from Lamb Hill by Oliver Dixon
Looking into Scotland from Lamb Hill
Seen from the Pennine Way. The valley running left to right is the valley of the... more

NT8113 : The summit of Lamb Hill by Oliver Dixon
The summit of Lamb Hill
In the foreground is the Pennine Way. Over many boggy sections of the last stage... more

NT8114 : Pennine Way on Ewemoorside Hill by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way on Ewemoorside Hill
Over many boggy sections of the last stage of the Pennine Way between Byrness and... more

NT8214 : The Pennine Way at Mozie Law by Oliver Dixon
The Pennine Way at Mozie Law
Over many boggy sections of the last stage of the Pennine Way between Byrness and... more

NT8215 : Pennine Way at Mozie Law by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way at Mozie Law
Windy Gyle [[NT8515]] in the distance, partly covered in cloud.

NT8314 : Path junction at Plea Knowe by Oliver Dixon
Path junction at Plea Knowe
The path from the right is "the Street" which comes up from Barrowburn... more

NT8315 : The Pennine Way at Foulstep Sike by Oliver Dixon
The Pennine Way at Foulstep Sike
Windy Gyle [[NT8515]] in cloud in the distance.

NT8415 : The Pennine Way approaching Windy Rig by Oliver Dixon
The Pennine Way approaching Windy Rig
The 429 Km Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm was the first National Trail to... more

NT8514 : Gate near the summit of Windy Gyle by Oliver Dixon
Gate near the summit of Windy Gyle

NT8515 : Pennine Way west of Windy Gyle by Oliver Dixon
Pennine Way west of Windy Gyle
Windy Rig [[NT 8415]] is the ridge running to the right.

NT8614 : Valley below Scotchman's Ford by Oliver Dixon
Valley below Scotchman's Ford
On the way down from Windy Gyle.

NT8713 : Valley of the Usway Burn by Oliver Dixon
Valley of the Usway Burn
The farm road in the middle distance is the one to Uswayford, rounding the toe of... more

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