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Walk #48: 18-mile bothy to Kirk Yetholm


A00	Inside 18-mile bothy
A07	The end! I have shed my load and am waiting for the pub to open at Kirk Yetholm.
A00 Inside 18-mile bothy
A07 The end! I have shed my load and am waiting for the pub to open at Kirk Yetholm.

General Data

Date Walked 26/08/1999
County Northumberland, Borders
Start Location 18-mile bothy
End Location Kirk Yetholm
Start time 08.00
End time 10.45
Distance 7.2 miles
Description This, the final half-day of the Pennine Way, was an easy and uncomplicated stroll down off the Cheviots and into Kirk Yetholm.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition I feel fine after this walk; I am a bit damp, but also ecstatic. I had no problems today with my ankle, bag or legs, and have loads of energy left.
Weather There was low cloud in the hills, and sunny spells in the lowlands on the way to Kirk Yetholm. There was no sign of any rain.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 16 (The Cheviot Hills)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


Where can I start? I have done it, and I am now sitting in the Border Hotel supping my free half-pint and thinking of all the memories. A very easy day today left me in a very fit state by the time I got to the Hotel and I feel like I could walk another 20 miles today. Don't think that I will give it a try, though ;*)

When I started I never really believed that I would ever finish. It has taken reserves of inner strength, energy and perhaps obstinacy to get this far, and the feeling is marvellous. The Pennine Way is a very hard walk, in some ways harder than I expected but also strangely easier than I expected to the same measure. My capacity to recover after a hard day amazes me, yet my incapacity to get up steep slopes without stopping regularly surprised me. Perhaps it was the weight of my pack. Generally I was faster than the others on the level and descents and slower on the steep ascents.

And I have decided to do it all again sometime - with variations. I will miss out the Alston to Greenhead section and probably do what Tony did and go via Nenthead.

I feel ecstatic totally ecstatic. To have done it and suffered no serious injuries on the way just totally amazes me - if anyone had told me five years ago that I had done the Pennine Way I would not have believed them. I will definitely send Prof Watkins a bottle of Whisky as a thank you - he was one of the few people who ever told me that I could do it, so largely he is to blame. ;*)


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
18-mile bothy Kitk Yetholm 7.2 1033 2224

This makes a total distance of 7.2 miles, with 1033 feet of ascent and 2224 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #48
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
47Byrness to 18-mile bothy18.1
109Kirk Yetholm to Morebattle6.7

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