Covering the border hills, northern Northumberland and the Southern Uplands, this full-colour third edition of the guide offers a broad selection of around 50 routes, as well as outlining a number of long-distance trails which cross the region. The Border country that lies between England and Scotland is a countryside surrounded by ridge after high ridge rythmically fading into gently folding valleys, through which the Tweed and Teviot rivers flow. The area has been the scene of thousands of years of turbulent ...
Covering the border hills, northern Northumberland and the Southern Uplands, this full-colour third edition of the guide offers a broad selection of around 50 routes, as well as outlining a number of long-distance trails which cross the region. The Border country that lies between England and Scotland is a countryside surrounded by ridge after high ridge rythmically fading into gently folding valleys, through which the Tweed and Teviot rivers flow. The area has been the scene of thousands of years of turbulent history, from the early Iron Age, through the Roman occupation, with influences down the years of both Celtic and Christian beliefs.
The guide offers the hillwalker routes which will open up this broad and expansive landscape, giving a real taste of solitude and affinity with this unique area.
A Scottish 'squatter' for 45 years, I have written and photographically illustrated 11 outdoor books and walking guides covering the Scottish Borders, the Lammermuirs, Kielder Forest, Northumberland, the north Pennines, North York Moors, Lochaber- Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, Fife and Perthshire and Kissamos and Selinas in Western Crete.
An inquisitive pedestrian, full time writer and photographer, I have walked (in addition to Britain) Catalonia, the GR10 and HRP in the French Pyrenees, Italy and Sri Lanka, plus some 20 Greek islands and small areas on the Greek mainland.
Five words 'Let's Go For a Walk' started it all. Now I am never more content or challenged than with my walking boots on, a camera in my hand, a sack on my back and a great walk successfully completed to enthuse the reader. Five words also personify what I look for to make a good walk great 'challenge, scenery, variation, history' and 'wildlife', qualities that are frequently met in all the walks. To share them with the reader there are photographs relating to the route enabling the walker to identify their location/position with the accompanying route description, maps and items of interest. I believe one good photograph is worth a hundred words.
Chapter 1 The Cheviot Hills
Walk 1 Early Christianity and Iron Age Forts
Walk 2 The Cheviot
Walk 3 Mountains, Crags and a Waterfall
Walk 4 A Gentle Introduction to Cheviot's Foothills
Walk 5 Up and Down the Cheviot Hills
Walk 6 A Border Foray over White Swire
Walk 7 The Lure of the Hen Hole
Walk 8 The Schil, Guardian of the College Valley
Walk 9 To the Changing Summit of Cheviot
Walk 10 By Clennell Street to Windy Gyle
Walk 11 A Walk into the Sixth Century BC
Walk 12 By the Clattering Path' to Iron Age Forts
Walk 13 A Redundant Reservoir to Celtic Hilltop Forts
Walk 14 In the Footsteps of Agricola's Legions
Walk 15 The Iron Age and the Romans Inspired this Walk
Walk 16 Border Line and Miners' Road over Carter Fell
Chapter 2 Tweeddale and Teviotdale
Walk 17 A Sea View Figure-of-Eight
Walk 18 Two Castles and a Keep
Walk 19 A Walter Scott Connection
Walk 20 Dryburgh Abbey and the Winding Tweed
Walk 21 Three Peaks (Trimontium) above Melrose
Walk 22 Three Brethren and border Mischief
Walk 23 The Cheeses Well and the Bear Gates of Traquair
Walk 24 Venerable Beech and Waterloo Monument
Walk 25 An Iron Age Fort, Roman Signal Station and Covenanter's Pulpit
Walk 26 A Druids' Stone Circle, Castles Most Sombre and Rail Bed
Walk 27 Bundle and Go' - a Reivers' Cry
Chapter 3 Ettrick Forest
Walk 28 In Search of an Army's Pay Chest
Walk 29 Pele Towers and an Italian Balloonist
Walk 30 Fair St Mary's and Literary Giants
Walk 31 That's the Way for Billy and Me'
Walk 32 A Drovers' Way
Walk 33 A Galcialist's Walk'
Walk 34 The Ettrick Horseshoe
Walk 35 By Forest and Fell over Ettrick Pen
Walk 36 An Eagle's Eye View of the Moffat Water Valley and the Tweedsmuir Hills
Chapter 4 The Tweedsmuir Hills
Walk 37 Two Dramatic Waterfalls
Walk 38 Dark and Deep Loch Skeen
Walk 39 A Waterfall, a Loch, a Gorge and Surrounding Summits
Walk 40 A Walk on the Wild Side' - 900 Years Ago
Walk 41 On the Edge of Blackhope's Glacial Glen
Walk 42 A Walk of Two Halves - Equally Appealing, Distinctly Different
Walk 43 Broad Law - the Borders' Highest Mountain
Walk 44 Broad Law plus Cramalt Craig
Walk 45 A Walk Through Time
Walk 46 Benign Surroundings Hide a Dark and Dangerous Past
Chapter 5 Long Distance Walks and Town Trails
The Pennine Way
The Alternative Pennine Way
The Southern Upland Way
St Cuthbert's Way
The Borders Abbeys Way