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 for £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 was undulating so we had about 600m off climb in total. A nice cooling breeze was with us all day.

One Spine runner passed us while we had an hour lunch stop 1300-1400. He was walking as he had 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. 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 a storm last year
Down and up
Moutain Hut
The Cheviot on the horizon
More up
Camped
Sunset

3 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! 😂

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  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

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  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

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