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Hereford cattle inspecting our arrival at Morebattle
Hereford cattle inspecting our arrival at Morebattle

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Route No 135b - Sunday 17 April 2005
Ancrum to Morebattle - 19km.
St. Cuthbert's Way
Scottish Borders

Map: OS Explorer OL16 The Cheviot Hills at 1:25000
Note: the route is marked on the OS maps and is well signposted

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After another good breakfast we set off before 9.00am and from Ancrum we walked along the road past the Harestanes Visitor Centre to pick up the route again as it went into the Monteviot House gardens.

Waterloo Monument on the hill top overlooking the Teviot valley
Waterloo Monument on the hill top overlooking the Teviot valley

Monteviot gardens woodland
Monteviot gardens woodland

We walked down through the woods to the suspension bridge over the river Teviot.

Monteviot House
Above : Monteviot House

Right: Mysterious tower by the river Teviot

Mysterious tower by the river Teviot
Suspension Bridge over the River Teviot
Suspension Bridge over the River Teviot
Suspension Bridge over the River Teviot
Suspension Bridge over the River Teviot
Weir on the river Teviot
Weir on the river Teviot
Swans on the river Teviot
Swans on the river Teviot

We followed the river to Jedfoot Bridge where we joined the dreaded Dere Street again - still pretty wet and muddy. The official guide book shows the route following Dere Street for about 4km from Jedbridge to Cringlebank near Crailinghall. However at the top of the first rise the route was permanently diverted away from Dere Street onto a new varied route through woodland and fields to Cessford Moor (missing out Crailinghall).

Oh no! - Not Dere Street again
Oh no! - Not Dere Street again

Woodland track away from Dere Street
Woodland track away from Dere Street

We stopped for a break by Oxnam Water before continuing across the fields to Cessford Moor. From Here we had our first good view of the Cheviot Hills still with plenty of snow on the tops. From Cessford Moor we had rejoined the original route and continued down into Cessford village.

Woodland path down to Oxnam Water
Woodland path down to Oxnam Water
A comfy spot beside Oxnam Water for a break
A comfy spot beside Oxnam Water for a break
Arriving at Cessford
Arriving at Cessford
Row of village houses at Cessford
Row of village houses at Cessford

Cessford Castle
Above: Cessford Castle

Right: The church at Morebattle

The church at Morebattle

Our first view of the Cheviots still sprinkled with snow
Our first view of the Cheviots from Cessford Moor still sprinkled with snow
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