Black Hag from Kirk Yetholm
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Walk Route Description
For completeness this walk starts in the village of Kirk Yetholm the northern terminus of the Pennine Way. It combines the high and low level alternative routes for the first (or final) section of this long distance footpath. Despite being very close to England (on the other side of the fence) for some of the way this route stays on Scottish territory for its full length. Ensure you take adequate clothing as there is little shelter along this walk.
Ample parking is available around the pleasant village green in Kirk Yetholm (grid ref NT827282). Take the lane signed to Halterburn climbing out of the village. The lane then descends to a cattle grid where a finger post defines the onward route of the Pennine Way across a footbridge over Halter Burn. The path climbs across the flanks of Green Humbleton to reach the border fence near Stob Rig.
Turn south following the border fence to climb to Whitelaw Nick. From here you get a clear view forward and you realise the terrain is not as easy as you may have imagined. In fact anyone tempted to walk the Pennine Way is well advised to try this walk as it offers a short but valuable insight into the levels of fitness required on this northern section of the path. An unwelcome descent from the Nick is followed by a long steady climb to the summit of Black Hag which is just off the Pennine Way. The summit itself is not very inspiring but there is a fine view into Northumberland as well as a good retrospective of the route covered so far.
Retrace your steps and locate the junction of the high and low level (or good and bad weather!) alternative routes. Take the left fork - a track rather than a path - which descends towards the north. Height is soon lost and you reach Birky Knowe where a finger post provides guidance on the onward route of the path across fields. The lack of path erosion is indicative of the low numbers of people walking this way and solitude is one of the great aspects of walking in this part of Britain. Follow the path past the abandoned farmstead of Old Halterburnhead, which offers the only shelter on this walk, and continue down the valley to reach the cattle grid crossed earlier in the day. All that remains is a final uphill pull along the lane before the village of Kirk Yetholm comes into view.
Other walks nearby
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Walk 3644 Blackhaggs Rigg & Great Hetha from Hethpool - moderate - 9.6 miles/15.6 km
Walk 3646 Hethpool, Sutherland Bridge & Great Hetha - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 3739 Elsdonburn & Trowupburn from Hethpool - moderate - 8.2 miles/13.3 km
Walk 2299 The Cheviot from College Valley - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1764 The Cheviot from Langleeford - mod/hard - 8.2 miles/13.3 km
Walk 1765 Comb Fell & Hedgehope Hill from Langleeford - mod/hard - 8.9 miles/14.5 km
Walk 1776 The Cheviot & Auchope Cairn from Langleeford - mod/hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 1200 Windy Gyle from Coquet Valley - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Southern Upland Way
Guidebook to the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast walk through Galloway and the Scottish Borders. One of Scotland's Great Trails, the 347km (215 mile) route links Portpatrick on the west coast to Cockburnspath on the east, through diverse landscapes and rich natural and historical interest. It can be completed in around a fortnight.
Walking in the Southern Uplands
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