Kirk Yetholm

When I realised that the Pennine Way ended in Kirk Yetholm, then I just had to go and do a walk from there. The route was 7 miles and included 1730ft of ascent. For those unfamiliar with the area it is in the northern foothills of the Cheviots and is magnificent walking country. Our route took us on parts of the St Cuthbert’s Way & the Pennine Way including a couple of 600ft climbs but it was well worthwhile for the views from the top. The visibility was so good that we could see as far as Seahouses & Beadnell Bay, 22 miles away on the coast. We walked past a herd of brown cows with their calves; stopping to look at them. A little while later we met two women walkers who each had a dog. Chatting to them we learned that one of them had been attacked by the cows, protecting their calves, and had almost been knocked to the ground and trampled upon. It was a salutary lesson not to mess with livestock and to treat them with respect.



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