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On a quest to find the Kielder Stone (part 2)

On a quest to find the Kielder Stone (part 2)


Postby Robertgee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:02 pm

Date walked: 28/03/2016

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 17 km

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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


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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.

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The route through Deadwater Forest


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The uninspiring Deadwater Fell summit trig


Next it was a faint boggy path over Deadwater Moor to Mid Fell, and along to the next hill, Peel Fell.

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Starting along over Deadwater Moor to Mid Fell


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Mid Fell summit cairn


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Deadwater Fell from Mid Fell


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Next summit, Peel Fell from Mid 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.

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Start of path to Kielder Stone from Peel Fell


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Following the remains of the border fence to the Kielder Stone


It’s quite a long decent, but the Kielder Stone soon comes into view. :)

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First view of the stone. My original (abandoned) route would have taken me up this valley from the trees far below


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Kielder stone


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Kielder Stone


After my lunch break, I climbed back up to Peel Fell to enjoy the ever improving views over the Cheviot hills.

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Peel Fell summit cairn


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Deadwater Fell from Peel Fell


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. :clap:

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Wauchope Forest and the Scottish Borders from Jenny Storie's Stone


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Jenny Storie's Stone


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On the way down to Rushy Knowe


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Path to Rushy Knowe


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Path through the forest to Rushy Knowe


From Rushy Knowe, a path cuts left to join the forest roads through Deadwater Forest back to my start.

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Forest road back to my starting place


So finally after starting this journey more than 6 months earlier, I have now "discovered" the Kielder Stone. 8)
Robertgee
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