Byrness to Windy Gyle

22 June 2022. Forest View had a spinner and drying room, so I started walking today at 0910 in clean kit. Good value for dinner, drinks, B&B at £83. The other guests were walkers doing the Pennine Way section in various directions. To Kirk Yetholm and the end of the walk is 44km, so I decided to split it and camp on the hills about half way. Paul was also up for that.

From Byrness it is a 300m climb on to a ridge in the Cheviot Hills and the route follows the English/Scottish border. The walk today was undulating so we had about 600m off climb in total. A nice cooling breeze was with us all day.

One Spine runner Mark P, passed us while we had an hour lunch stop 1300-1400. Although he was walking due to an ankle injury, he was still going to come second in the men’s race. We passed one of the two huts on route which volunteers were manning as an aid station for runners.

We reached Windy Gyle, which is about the half way mark, and pitched out tents on a bit of a knoll which was reasonably flat. The weather forecast for the night is good, if a bit windy. Good view of the Cheviot (815m) which we will go up tomorrow. 22km today, finishing walking at 1645.

Climb through the forest out of Byrness
Looking back into Byrness. Also windfall damaged trees from storms over the last year
Down and up
Mountain Hut 1
The Cheviot on the horizon
More up

4 thoughts on “Byrness to Windy Gyle

  1. Ros Couldwell

    Nearly there. Well done! What a great achievement. Don’t get tempted to run it next time! 😂


  2. Nick House

    Hi Richard, you’re making excellent progress , walking more than 8 hours in a day requires a lot of stamina and tenacity. Cheviots are wonderful, can still by boggy under foot on peat even in summer. Hope the midges weren’t too much of a nuisance in Kielder forest.
    Nick x


  3. val hill

    looks beautiful. we didn’t see any of it as a tough walk for us in hill fog and rain. lucky you. xxx


  4. Mark Pothecary

    Hi Richard, finally caught up reading your blog. It sounded like you had a great time. Great photos. My kind of adventure with cafe and pub stops along the way! Great to see the runners too. Maybe an adventure for next year, though with a lighter pack! Well done.


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