Windy Gyle

Windy Gyle


Route: Windy Gyle

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 10th June 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.7 miles

Weather: Mostly sunny

Windy Gyle is one of the best known hills in the Cheviots and the fence along its summit ridge marks the border between England and Scotland. Our journey to the start point was a worthwhile trip in its own right, along a narrow winding road which took us into a remote hinterland near the head of the Coquet Valley

From the small car park beyond Barrowburn we followed a track round the foot of Shorthope Hill before starting the climb up to Windy Gyle. It was a pleasant ascent set at an easy gradient

There were huge views from the summit in all directions – a wonderful place which lives up to its star billing

Just below the summit we debated whether to have our picnic in Scotland or England – we opted for Scotland, a few feet to our right, just because we could

We descended back to the start along a path known as The Street, easy going all the way, and from which there were fantastic views in all directions

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