Walkers’ nine-mile trek in Cheviots

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It was torrential rain when the group left Hawick on Sunday, heading for the Cheviots. However, driving through Hownam the rain cleared, and there was blue sky breaking through when they arrived at Greenhill for the start of the walk.

It was up through Yett farm onto a fine track which took them to the head of the valley, before a steady climb up to Callaw Cairn, with fine views of the surrounding hills. Lunch was enjoyed in quite warm temperatures under an ever-brightening sky.

They then had a steady climb up to the Penine Way, which was very wet in places, upwards onto Beefstand Hill, and then Mozie Law, with fine views over to big Cheviot and The Schill.

The group then headed downwards, keeping an eye open for the wild goats. From here, they picked up a track with a very steep descent down to Heatherhope Reservoir, where they had their banana stop in warm sunshine. Then down the valley where they finally spotted many goats with their young kids. The walkers were soon back to their transport, having had a great outing of more than nine miles in fine weather.

Next walk, Common-Riding Sunday, will be decided on the day.