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Autumn in the borders

Autumn in the borders

Postby johnbythell » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:12 pm

Donalds included on this walk: Windy Gyle

Date walked: 08/10/2017

Time taken: 4.45 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 503m

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Windy Gyle from Barrowburn

There's something about the light in the Autumn that makes the soft, rolling hills of the Borders look spectacular. This weekend was one of the rare dry days, and Sunday was quite calm, so a good time to visit Windy Gyle.

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Starting point in Barrowburn - the Wedder Leap car park, site of the drowning of a sheep (wedder) thief, according to the information sign.

Looking along the Hepden Burn from the bridleway.

Looking back down the Hepden Burn towards Barrowburn.

Middle Hill looking a bit different now that it's recently been clear-cut.

Looking up to Uswayford along the Usway Burn from the Middle. The footbridge takes you over the burn and down to Alwinton along Clennel Street.

Joining Clennel Street to head up to the border ridge.

The final rise to the border ridge with the slopes of Cheviot to the right (east).

The border crossing and border fence, looking east towards Cheviot, with the Pennine Way footpath following the border to the south.

One of several Bronze Age cairns along the border ridge.

Summit of Windy Gyle looking north to the the Scottish borders. First departure north of the border, by about 50 metres, to justify getting into the Scotland walks forum!

The run back down towards Trows and Rowhope - wish I'd brought the bike..

A rare sight these days - telephone box on the road back to Barrowburn and the Wedder Leap car park.

A rare beautiful dry and pleasant day out on Windy Gyle. I'm Looking forward to repeating the route this winter, when it can be a very different beast.
Maybe a descendant of the wedder that did it for the thief? View towards Barrowburn, Sadly the tearoom that used to operate there is no longer open.
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