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Leaving Kirk Yetholm for the climb up the side of Green Humbelton
Leaving Kirk Yetholm for the climb up the side of Green Humbelton

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Route No 135d - Tuesday 19 April 2005
Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 21km.
St. Cuthbert's Way Scottish Borders & Northumberland

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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Setting off from Kirk Yetholm
Setting off from Kirk Yetholm
What an amazing change in the weather! After the wind, rain and low cloud of yesterday, this morning was a wonderful sunny spring day, ideal for walking. This was just as well because today promises to be our hardest day with 21km over the Cheviot Hills with two climbs of around 300m. I'm getting used to a good cooked breakfast and this morning was just as we have come to expect. We set off from Kirk Yetholm before 9.00am to follow the road east to the hills. We followed the path up the side of Green Humbleton and past Eccles Cairn. The sheep on the hill on this side of the border are mostly Scottish Blackface but as we began to drop down into the valley on the English side of the hill the sheep were mainly Cheviots. We sat beside Elsdon Burn for a break.
Looking west from Green Humbleton
Looking west from Green Humbleton
The yellow gorse was in full flower everywhere
The yellow gorse was in full flower everywhere
Rabbit with Mixamatosis by the path
Rabbit with Mixamatosis by the path
Scottish Blackface tupp
Scottish Blackface tupp
Scottish Blackface ewes
Scottish Blackface ewes
The Elsdon Burn
The Elsdon Burn
Our lunch break by the Elsdon Burn
Our lunch break by the Elsdon Burn
The burn was in flood as all the streams are and a single duckling came bobbing past us on the current. It managed to scramble out from an eddy on a bend and ran into the long grass. It must have been washed away from the rest of its brood and probably would not survive on its own. We continued on through Hethpool to climb the path to Tom Tallons Crag where we stopped for another break. The scenery here was very stark compared to the lush spring grass on the lower slopes. We continued across the moor to drop down through some woodland to Wooler Common. The end of the walk seems to be in sight but the route makes a loop of about 2km over Kenterdale Hill before finally dropping down into Wooler itself. We got to our B&B by 4.00pm and I had a wonderful wallow in a huge corner bath before getting changed ready to go out for a meal. We went to a very nice Italian restaurant behind the Black Bull pub.
Duckling washed away from its brood in the flood
Duckling washed away from its brood in the flood
Spring colour in the trees at Hethpool
Spring colour in the trees at Hethpool
Cheviot ewe and lamb
Cheviot ewe and lamb
Our first view of Wooler
Our first view of Wooler
Crossing College Burn near Hethpool
Crossing College Burn near Hethpool
Cheviot wild goats - they used to be quite rare
Cheviot wild goats - they used to be quite rare!
Cheviot wild goats - they used to be quite rare
Cheviot wild goats - they used to be quite rare Looking back along the College Burn valley towards Hethpool
Looking back along the College Burn valley towards Hethpool

Stark moorland below Tom Tallon's Crag
Stark moorland below Tom Tallon's Crag

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