Hillwalking in the Scottish Borders
From Mounthooly to the Schil, Scottish Border Fence and the Cheviot
Article courtsey of Northumberland
cottages / Northumbria Byways.
||The gate before Mounthooly at GR882227
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Route: From Mounthooly to the Schil, Scottish Border Fence
and the Cheviot
This is a walk of approx 13 miles
with some strenuous walking in parts. A wonderful circular walk
takes you up to the Border Fence at the one place where you
can stand in England and look for miles south into Scotland.
The route then follows the Pennine Way to a mountain rescue
hut and from there up onto the Cheviot itself.
After this there is a short walk to Braydon Crags where, time
permitting, you can explore the peat hags and look for the remains
of a flying fortress from WW2. From here there is a short descent
to the Lambden Valley and then a road walk back to the starting
- Start: The gate before Mounthooly at GR882227.
- Stage 1 - Gentle climb up the hillside
following a broad path until you reach the summit of the Schil.
At 1985 feet in height it is just 15 feet short of qualifying
as a mountain!
- Stage 2 - Follow the border fence south
and west down hill and further up the valley from where you
started. On your right you have long views into Scotland.
On your left you have the bulk of the Cheviot and slowly the
Hen Hole itself will come into view.
- Stage 3 - After a short distance you will
come to Red Cribs and the Mountain rescue hut. Stop at Red
Cribs and admire the view down the length of the College Valley.
To your right you can now see directly into the Hen Hole which
is a massive corrie and gorge cut deep into the Cheviot.
- Stage 4 - Steep continuous climb onto Auchope
Cairn and then onto the Cheviot itself.
- Stage 5 - Slight descent to Braydon Crags
where you can explore for the remains of the crashed flying
fortress amongst the peat hags.
- Stage 6 - Continuous descent past Dunsdale
House to the Lambden Valley and then follow the road down
to Southernknowe. Cross the river at Sutherland bridge and
then head up the valley returning to Mounthooly.
- Dunsdale House is a great place to stay
for a hillwalking holiday and can be rented via Northumberland
cottages agency Northumbria Byways.
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