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April

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TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« on: 20:47:48, 14/07/20 »
We had 2 nights booked at Barrowburn Farm campsite in the Cheviots. We parked at Wedder Leap in the car park, we would pitch at the campsite after our walk. We crossed the River Coquet via the footbridge and walked by Barrowburn and we spotted the campsite as we passed by.

Barrowburn Farm from Wedder Leap


There were a few walkers about here, one man and a couple. We'd all set off at the same time so we waited a while to let them get ahead.

The path to Middle Hill


Looking back toward Barrowburn Farm


Looking back at Kyloe Shin


We hadn't come over the hill mind, just up the side of it.

Middle Hill ahead


This top used to be covered in trees, now only a few remain on the top. The star shaped sign on the post is a warning not to touch any military debris. The MOD train here and the red flags were flying on the other side of the River Coquet.

The Middle and Hazely Law ahead


Looking back toward The Middle from Clennell Street


Ascending Clennell Street on the flanks of Hazely Law


A look back, Middle Hill, Kyloe Shin and Shillhope Law in view


This path seemed to last forever


It was blustery and we were wondering where we could stop for some lunch. We were lucky to find a spot out of the wind and we had a stop for some food and a rest. It was good to be back in the Cheviot hills but I'd forgotten how tiring it was, it seemed a long way from the start and we hadn't reached the border ridge.

Windy Gyle from Hexpathgate


We reached the fence at the border ridge and turned left toward Windy Gyle

The view north from the border ridge


The views into Scotland were slightly murky but we still had decent views elsewhere.

View toward Black Hag and The Schill


The Cheviot


Approaching Windy Gyle summit


Windy Gyle summit


We were over the border ridge fence and in Scotland. We hoped it was ok to be over the border, we couldn't remember what the latest rules were regarding Covid and Scotland.

The view into Scotland from Windy Gyle


White Law, Black Hag and The Schill


The Cheviot from Windy Gyle


Simonside Hills in the far distance from the descent of Windy Gyle


We were on the footpath leading to Scotchman's Ford

On the descent to Trows Law


These coos and calves were near the footpath on Trows Law


We veered to the right of the path down the hillside a little to avoid them after putting on waterproofs as it had started raining heavily.

Descending to Trows and the Rowhope Burn


We were hidden from the cows until we'd passed by them. One of the cows saw us when we rejoined the path but there wasn't a reaction at all.

Looking back from the bottom of Trows Law


There was a bit of road walking down by Rowhope Burn and back to the Wedder Leap car park. Our walk was Wedder Leap - Middle Hill - Border Ridge - Windy Gyle - Trows Law - Rowhope Burn - Wedder Leap 9 miles and 544m ascent.

We got to the campsite and pitched our tent. They had been shearing the sheep on the farm and the noise from them was deafening as the mothers and lambs tried to find each other again. The noise continued for over 4 hours and we were demented by it  :D Not quite the peaceful campsite experience we had hoped for  ;D The midges found us too and we had forgotten to bring bug spray but it was cold and we were sat inside the tent anyway so they didn't bother us much. The campsite is very basic but we are used to wild camping so having a toilet and small sink is luxury to us. The sheep quietened down and we slept like logs after we'd had some wine.
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #1 on: 20:59:34, 14/07/20 »
Great far reaching views there April O0
Are noisy sheep now on the banned list ?  ;D
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #2 on: 21:07:38, 14/07/20 »
Great stuff Ape O0
The views from windy gyle were lovely


Great far reaching views there April O0
Are noisy sheep now on the banned list ?  ;D
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #3 on: 21:21:16, 14/07/20 »
Lovely report April.


 >:( Banning noisy sheep and lambs is on the banned list >:(

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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #4 on: 21:45:49, 14/07/20 »
Are noisy sheep now on the banned list ?  ;D

They are  ;D They were very close by and were very loud and it was constant!

The views from windy gyle were lovely

It is a special place  :)

>:( Banning noisy sheep and lambs is on the banned list >:(

 ;D If you had experienced 4 hours of it you might have a different view  ;D
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #5 on: 10:52:07, 15/07/20 »
Another great outing. I'm struggling to keep up with all the hills that you are visiting  :)
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #6 on: 19:37:12, 15/07/20 »
I'm struggling to keep up with all the hills that you are visiting  :)

We struggled a bit too  :)
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #7 on: 19:50:05, 15/07/20 »
Should have given the sheep baaarley sugars  ;D
Well-meaning old fart.

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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #8 on: 23:00:13, 15/07/20 »
Fab trip report April.  Bet those sheep drove you baaa-naaaanaas  ::)

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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #9 on: 10:54:47, 16/07/20 »
Apart from the sheep and the midges, would you recommend the campsite, April?


We're not too fussed about basic facilities as long as they are clean.
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #10 on: 13:01:51, 16/07/20 »
Great TR April.
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #11 on: 18:36:54, 16/07/20 »
Should have given the sheep baaarley sugars  ;D

Bet those sheep drove you baaa-naaaanaas  ::)

Groan x 2

 ;D

Apart from the sheep and the midges, would you recommend the campsite, April?

The positives first. The site is in a beautiful location with access to fabulous countryside and walks in the Cheviots. It is a small site and would be quiet normally. You can have a fire on the campsite as there are fire pits. It is very cheap 6 per person, no charge for a car or dogs. There is no mobile coverage (Vodafone anyway) or 4G or Wifi. This may be a negative depending on your point of view! There is plenty of coverage up on the tops, however. It is in dark sky country so night time photographers could get some great photos of stars and the Milky Way.  The negatives now. With only a few flat places to pitch, one tent was pitched on a slope, you might end up on that slope depending on how many tents are there.  When we arrived the sinks weren't very clean which I put down to lack of time due to the sheep shearing (there were a lot of sheep), next day the sinks were much cleaner with hand sanitizer provided, no soap though. The water tap didn't work either but we were able to get some from the camping barn. We were advised to boil it first because it came from a spring. We used our filters and didn't need to boil it. I noticed another group who said they had been on the site before had brought their own water. There didn't seem to be a dishwashing sink, only the small sinks in the 2 toilets and one small sink in the shower room.

Would I recommend it? A hard question, we are used to wild camping so having a toilet if we needed one is luxury for us and we didn't bother using the shower or sinks, we had wipes and our own hand sanitizer. I would say it is a great site for its location but not especially good facility wise but that it is why it is so cheap I suppose.

A newly discovered by product of Lockdown, Garrulous Sheep haranguing rare visitors.  :D   

 ;D We didn't time our visit very well arriving on the day they were shearing sheep. We were told ourselves and the 2 other tent occupiers were the first visitors since lockdown.
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #12 on: 19:13:38, 16/07/20 »
Love your report April, you make me so envious as I love the Cheviots and we usually wild camp at Clennell Street.
Looking forward to find a space in time to be able to go there again.

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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #13 on: 21:14:39, 16/07/20 »
I love the Cheviots and we usually wild camp at Clennell Street.
Looking forward to find a space in time to be able to go there again.

Some people will be wondering how you can wild camp on a street  ;)

I hope you can get back there again soon Florence  :)
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Re: TR Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap Tue 7 Jul 20
« Reply #14 on: 21:16:52, 16/07/20 »
Some people will be wondering how you can wild camp on a street  ;)

I hope you can get back there again soon Florence  :)


Well I'm thinking of wild camping on High Street!
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