Windy Gyle - 2018
It was a glorious Autumn morning as the 18 walkers for the day met at Wedder Leap car park – the sun was shining, not a breath of wind and the colours of the surrounding hills were stunning. Mark welcomed everyone and introduced himself and Andrew and Andrea, two Shepherds Walks volunteers, and outlined the walk.
Unfortunately shortly after we began the long climb up the old drovers road, The Street, the weather began to deteriorate. A stiff breeze developed with squally rain showers and the temperature dropped and this proved to be the pattern for the rest of the day. Steady progress was made and where the Street met the Pennine Way we were fortunate to see two groups of wild goats grazing on the hillsides. As we made our way to the summit of Windy Gyle and despite the frequent showers we were able to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding hills, including the Eildon Hills in the far distance.
The summit certainly lived up to its name and after a few photo shots, we proceeded on the border ridge until we reached the junction with Clennell Street and began the long and gradual descent. At Murder Cleugh, Mark told the story of this infamous crime. Our route continued down to Barrowburn and our starting point and once again lovely views were enjoyed by all.
Despite the changeable weather, everyone agreed this was a beautiful walk enjoyed by all. Mark thanked the walkers and complimented them on their fitness levels!
Mark September 30th 2018
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