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Walk #47: Byrness to 18-mile bothy


ZZ35	A little bit of mist on the Byrness to Cheviot section. Believe it or not this was actually taken during a period of good visibility. I was meant to be following the border fence on the left.
ZZ35 A little bit of mist on the Byrness to Cheviot section. Believe it or not this was actually taken during a period of good visibility. I was meant to be following the border fence on the left.

General Data

Date Walked 25/08/1999
County Northumberland, Borders
Start Location Byrness
End Location 18-mile bothy
Start time 07.50
End time 16.20
Distance 18.1 miles
Description This should have been a highly pleasant stroll across the Cheviots; it was let down by the low cloud layer.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition My ankle and legs are fine, my back is fine and generally I am not as fatigued as I was yesterday. I am, however, wet, and so I have towelled myself off, dressed myself in some warm clothing and snuggled up into my sleeping bag.
Weather Today was a wet day, as I spent much of it in the cloud layer as I headed north.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 16 (The Cheviot Hills)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


Oh wonderful bothy, the place of my dreams. Though the wind may be blowing outside, you keep me warm inside...

Okay, poetry has never been my strong point, but I can honestly say that I have rarely been as happy to see a building as I was when I saw this bothy emerge through the mist after cheating and guiding myself to it using my GPS. The weather outside is terrible, and if for some reason I had not found this bothy where I was expecting it, today may have been a very different story for me. It probably would not have been a mountain rescue one, but I would have been extremely unhappy. Whoever claims that GPS are unnecessary on the hills will not get a vote from me...

The weather today was truly awful. When I left the YYA it was spitting slightly and there were low clouds over the hills. Once onto the hills I was walking through clouds with a very strong wind coming from my right, meaning that the right hand side of my body was getting wet. Nothing too disastrous though.

After my 35 minute lunch break at the 9-mile bothy the weather really closed in, with periods of driving rain and very low visibility (about ten feet at times). Ended up with the entire lower half of my body getting soaked, including both my feet as my boots slowly filled up with water.

Now it is simply a case of keeping myself warm through the night and not getting chilled. Later on I will make myself some food to warm myself and the bothy up a smidgen.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft)Descent (ft)
Byrness YHA Chew Green Roman Camp 5.1 1201 640
Chew Green Roman Camp Lamb Hill 4.1 722 358
Lamb Hill 18-mile Bothy 8.9 1706 1808

This makes a total distance of 18.1 miles, with 3629 feet of ascent and 2806 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #47
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
46Bellingham to Byrness14.7
4818-mile bothy to Kirk Yetholm7.2

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