DATE                                       20.12.11

DISTANCE                              JUST OVER 6 MILES

WEATHER                              COLD BUT DRY

START / FINNISH                  OLD SCHOOL CAR PARK AT BARROWBURN

A circuit around Barrowburn

I have done this walk so many times I think that I could do it blindfolded and still know where I was at any given time, it has a bit of everything for me to practise walking on, manmade surfaces, grassy paths, woodland tracks, some ups and downs and some really good views that change as the seasons pass, always showing the cheviot hills in a different light, yep I suppose you could say that this is one walk thatís right up on my favourites list. The other thing that I like about the start of this walk is the endless routes that are open for the walking just by simply taking a different footpath and heading off in a different direction. And of course there is always the small but friendly farm tea room at Barrowburn which must be a stopping place after any walk done in this area.

Even though itís a rare sight to see any other walkers when out in these hills, you can almost guaranteed to meet up with someone in the tea room , where conditions and different routes can be discussed over tea and cake and who knows possible different walk iders can be discussed and planed .

Yes I love this area , and even now after all these years I still get a thrill driving up the valley just thinking about where I will be walking .

As normal a few photos for you to enjoy.

Taken from the free car park looking up towards the small farm at Barrowburn.

Taken from the footbridge crossing over the Hepden burn.

Looking up the Coquet valley .

Up on Lounges Knowe looking back down the Hepdon Valley.

 

Same view just a bit further along , I always stop for a rest at this spot .

Looking over the other side towards the Usway Burn.

Now down in the Usway valley.

A few photos of the Usway burn .

Now leaving Kidland forest onto the side of Yarnspath Law just as the sun shows itself for the first time.

A few photos as I make my way down , the views are stunning , nothing really big  but they seem to change with the light .

Small unnamed waterfall, another good spot to stop and rest.

Some of the locals .

A couple of photos of the waterfall and burn.

After crossing the burn , looking down the Usway Valley.

Looking back across at the path down (easy walking)

Lunch time , looking across to where I was earler.

Heading back now , still a bit of a haze in the shade.

But that soon burnt of in the cold winter sun , looking down the usway valley.

Now on the border cycle path . I have yet to see a bike on here but it is a joy to walk on this grassy path back , a few photos of the veiws as i make my way along.

All good things come to an end , the Coquet valley and the tea rooms at Barrowburn.

Some chatty locals .

Time to head down , I just hope that the tea room is open.

Looking up the valley . a trip for another day.

After a rather long stop and natter in the tea room it was getting late a couple of photos as I make my way back to the car.

 

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