Climb to the summit of this hill in the Cheviots and enjoy fabulous views into Scotland and England as you stand high on the border. This challenging circular route runs for a distance of about 10 miles using the bridleways and footpaths that cross the area.
The walk begins from the Wedder Leap car park and heads towards Shorthope hill, crossing the River Coquet and following the Rowhope Burn as you go. You continue the climb to Little Ward Law before coming to Russel's Cairn at the 619 m (2,031 ft) summit of Windy Gyle. From here there are wonderful views over the Scottish Borders, the Eildon Hills and Edinburgh.
You begin the descent by heading west along the Pennine Way and then south towards Swineside Law and Hindside Knowe. Shortly after you cross the River Coquet and return to the car park. This is a challenging walk but the footpaths are generally good and you're rewarded with some stunning scenery.
To continue your walking in the Cheviots you could climb the highest hill - The Cheviot.
PostcodeNE65 7BP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Windy Gyle Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Windy Gyle Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Windy Gyle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Windy Gyle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
If you head south east you'll come to the village of Harbottle where there's the noteworthy Star Inn. The pub was built as a coaching inn over 200 years ago, and similar to many other properties in the village, was built using sandstone from the ruins of nearby Harbottle Castle. It's steeped in history and would have once been used by drovers crossing the Anglo-Scottish border just a few miles away in The Cheviot Hills. There's courtyard seating and a small shop at the rear selling a good range of essential items, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, fresh and frozen food, crisps, snacks and sweets. The shop is also an official Information Point for the Northumberland National Park with leaflets, maps and books of the area. You can find it at a postcode of NE65 7DG.
The hills are a great place for dog walking and the Star Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. The expansive Kidland Forest is also located just to the east of the car park. There's miles of woodland trails here, ideal for you and your pet.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheviots Walks and Northumberland Walks pages.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Barrowburn Farm hotel is located close to the start of the walk. They provide good accommodation if you need to stay over.