NY5992 : Border Line towards Buckside Knowe

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from Kielder, Northumberland, Great Britain

Border Line towards Buckside Knowe
Border Line towards Buckside Knowe
Following the wall along the wide forest ride that separates England from Scotland is the toughest piece of walking I have yet found along the Border. I shall not be back. The boundary stone in the foreground was carved on two sides, an 'N' on one and what appeared to be an 'S' on the other.

Keys to the Past has a placemark located in the vicinity of Purdom Pikes further south with the caption:
"A line of stones inscribed with 'N' for Northumberland on one side and 'S' for Scotland on the other can be seen here, marking a previous border between Northumberland and Scotland. At the same location, the remains of a ditch can be seen. Archaeologists don't known when these border markers were created."

The 1898 OS Map shows a line of stones crossing the hilltop in a south-easterly direction towards the interestingly named March Head, maintaining this direction to Capon Hassock but then apparently turning east to Dinmont Lairs and the valley of the River North Tyne (now dammed at Bakethin Reservoir), in the vicinity of Lewie. Was this really a former line of the Scotland-England Border or simply a boundary between English estates?
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Boundary, Barrier  Woodland, Forest  Moorland 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5987 9232 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:13.4078N 2:37.9428W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 59928 92340
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