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The cattle had turned their field into a complete quagmire
The cattle had turned their field into a complete quagmire

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Route No 135c - Monday 18 April 2005
Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm - 10km
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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We had stayed overnight in the pub in Morebattle in a very comfortable room and good food. We managed to keep to our early start routine and set off at about 8.50am It was not a good day. There was a strong wind and nasty squally showers with low cloud on the hills. We walked down the hill out of Morebattle to cross Kale Water. This whole area is cattle rearing country and a large herd of beef cattle that we passed had turned their winter quarters into a complete quagmire. Of course the river was in flood but the little footbridge was still just above the water level.

The footbridge over Kale Water was only just above the flood level
The footbridge over Kale Water was only just above the flood level
The Kale Water valley from the slopes of Grubbit Law
The Kale Water valley from the slopes of Grubbit Law

Once across the river we began the long climb to the top of Wideopen Hill - the highest point on the route at 368m. Today it was just in the clouds with trails of cloud blowing across the ridge below us at high speed. Then is was down from Wideopen Hill to Kirk Yetholm and again from the hill it seemed that the whole valley of Bowmont Water was flooded. It was a short day today - only 10km and we arrived at the pub in Kirk Yetholm at about 12.30pm for some lunch. We stayed there overnight and had a really good evening meal (huge steak pie and chips)

The top of Wideopen Hill complete with plaque to mark the occasion
The top of Wideopen Hill complete with plaque to mark the occasion
The top of Wideopen Hill complete with plaque to mark the occasion
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm
Descending into the Bowmont Water valley heading for Kirk Yetholm

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