Leader : Jan Mole. Distance : 12 miles.
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St Cuthbert’s Way Stage 3
Bright and early, sixteen of us left Darlington by mini bus, on Sunday 27th May, heading to Morebattle on the borders. For some, the objective was to complete another stretch of the ‘St Cuthbert’s Way’ which we began in Melrose last October, whereas others just came along for a good day out.
We started our first walk of around 6 miles, from Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm at about 11am which took us up to the first of three summits on the northern edge of the Cheviot range known as Grubbit law. The hills opened out ahead and we had great views as we continued past the second and then the third summit called Wideopen hill which at 367m is the highest point on the St Cuthbert’s Way.
From there, the views took in the wide plains of the Tweed, the Waterloo monument and the Eildon hills we had first ascended when we left Melrose.
It was a steady, mostly descending walk down to Kirk Yetholm where our mini bus was waiting to take us round to North Hazelrigg. As time was tight we ate lunch on the bus ready for another 6 mile walk back to Wooler. Different terrain this time, and ‘walking St Cuthberts, backwards’ as some ladies observed later on. The weather remained glorious if something of a challenge on the hills, but we made good time and with a quick change of shoes and a spit and polish we made the 6pm restaurant booking with time to spare.
Our meal at the Milan Italian restaurant was excellent and the rhubarb gin and other beverages were most welcome. John, our driver, joined us for the meal and then we were off home to make sure that he remained within the law of maximum hours allowed on the road! Our final stage of the walk will be from Kirk Yetholm to Wooler on the 22nd July: another Long distance path we can tick off the list!