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Heather Gant's Pennine Way Diary
Day 18

Saturday 20th May 2006 Day 18
Byrness to Cocklawfoot 17 miles

The breakfast followed the same line as the meal the previous evening rubbish. Two flabby rashers of bacon and a greasy egg. Yuk.

We left as quickly as possible and called at the petrol station across the road and stocked up on food to see us through the walk.

The day started with a very hard climb up through the trees to Byrness Hill a 1500 foot climb in half a mile. The climb took us up into the clouds and a very strong wind with heavy rain. This was the Cheviots although w e could not see much of it. Luckily it was not too boggy underfoot and there was always the border fence at our side as we walked along so it was quite hard to get lost Eventually we came to the mountain refuge where we were able to eat our lunch in the dry conditions.

During the afternoon the cloud started to lift and the rain stopped and we were able to catch glimpses of the scenery we had been missing during the morning. It was absolutely amazing. A lot of slabs have been put down across the boggier areas and this helped us pick up the pace to Windy Gyle and Russells Cairn at 2031 feet.

We made good time and reached the ancient crossing called Clennell Street where we left the Cheviots for the day and descended down to Cocklawfoot for our lift to Kirk Yetholm. Our lift was in a motor home driven by a very eccentric woman and we did wonder what on earth our b and b was going to be like but we need not have worried as Jackie was lovely and our rooms were great.

We had a very good night at the Border Hotel and booked the champagne for the following day
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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