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Scottish National Trail - Kirk Yetholm to Harestanes

Scottish National Trail - Kirk Yetholm to Harestanes

Postby andrewl7642 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:19 pm

Route description: Kirk Yetholm to Harestanes

Date walked: 06/06/2018

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 28 km

Ascent: 515m

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The Scottish National Trail is a challenging, 864 kilometre-long unofficial long distance walking route running the length of Scotland from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath.

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Early June, 2018, I took a few days out to complete the first 4 stages of the Scottish National Trail between Kirk Yetholm and Peebles. However, I actually started from Berwick-on-Tweed, after catching the Penzance cross country train over from Glasgow Central. On the first day, after my arrival at Berwick I walked a section the Northumberland Coastal path as far as Lindisfarne causeway where the St. Cuthberts Way begins. I followed the St. Cuthberts Way to Cuthberts Cave where I spent my first night.

Cuthberts Cave

Day 2, I continued on the St. Cuthberts Way to eventually reach Kirk Yetholm, the official start of the Scottish National Trail. I arrived quite late, it was just before 10pm that I finally had the tent pitched up by the river Bowmont on the edge of Town Yetholm... and I still had dinner to have before nodding off to sleepland.

Bowmont Water. Town Yetholm

Day 3
I packed up bright and early and headed back into Yetholm Village to take a few pictures and some video footage before setting off towards Harestanes, along the St Cuthberts Way. Around 6pm I found a good camping spot, about 5 miles short of Harestanes. I made the best decision to pitch here as there was a water source and a couple of benches, and trees shading me from the sweltering sun, also it was very peaceful.

Peaceful wild camping in the country.

Day 4
I make my way to Harestanes Visitor Centre for a refreshment before continuing on the trail towards Melrose (see next page)

Next section: Harestanes to Melrose
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