The Kielder Stone is a huge sandstone boulder located on the Scotland England border in the Cheviot Hills and is estimated to be around 1500 tons in weight. It is 26 feet high, 50 feet long and 30 feet across, and was used as a post box during the border wars. In those tempestuous times it wasn't wise to be caught on the wrong side of the border, so messages were left in the cracks and crevices of the stone for later collection.
This is part 2 of a 2 part trip to find the Kielder Stone. For part 1 click here https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=96384
My second attempt to reach the Kielder Stone started over the border in England, just beyond Deadwater Farm, where there’s a layby to park. It was then a case of following forest roads up onto Deadwater Fell, with its array of towers, beacons and a trig point. Again, this walk started quite misty, so no views from here.
Next it was a faint boggy path over Deadwater Moor to Mid Fell, and along to the next hill, Peel Fell.
The path along here had the occasional way marker post and the walking was pretty easy. From Peel Fell a signed right turn followed the line of the Scottish English border, marked by the occasional rotting fence post.
It’s quite a long decent, but the Kielder Stone soon comes into view.
After my lunch break, I climbed back up to Peel Fell to enjoy the ever improving views over the Cheviot hills.
The return from here was to follow a nice little path along the line of the border down to the forest at Rushy Knowe, again some marker posts marking the way. There’s a nice crag, similar to that at Carlin Tooth, at Jenny Storie's Stone, giving excellent views across the Scottish Borders.
From Rushy Knowe, a path cuts left to join the forest roads through Deadwater Forest back to my start.
So finally after starting this journey more than 6 months earlier, I have now "discovered" the Kielder Stone.
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