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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsChapter 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed Kelso Jedburgh Melrose Galashiels Selkirk Hawick