This section of the Way is 16 miles (25.5 Km) over sections of the Cheviot Hills entails considerable climbs and descents followed by more gentle walking as the route descends towards the Teviot Valley. This is the longest section and also demanding due to the amount of climbing.
This section has the highest point on the way at 527 metres at Ravens Knowe Cairn between Byrness and Chew Green.
Starting altitude is 230m rising to the highest altitude at 527m and ending at 100m.
From the small church at Byrness the Way crosses the A 68 and once past
a few dwelling houses it is into a section of the forest for a steep
ascent to Byrness Hill. The final ascent is round some exposed boulders
and this can demand some careful footing.
From above the boulders there is a gate to cross and looking back there
are great views along the Rede Valley. The general direction is now
north climbing all the way over open hills to the highest point of the
Way at Ravens Knowe Cairn. To the left of the way to Ravens Knowe is
Catcleugh Reservoir and the hills at the Carter Bar border.
The path as it climbs is opening up new vista and views across the forest into the Scottish Borders and the distinctive Eildon hills are now seen. At Ravens Knowe the way crosses a very marshy section by way of raised duck boards before a descent into the Coquet Valley, the English Scottish border and a walk to Chew Green. Chew Green is now all below the soil but from certain vantage points the outline of the fort is clearly distinguished.
At the SE corner of Chew Green the Way turns through 90 degrees and
heads NW, there are also waymarks ahead along the Coquet Valley.
The walk at this point is again on the English side of the border and
the way staggers the border for the next few kilometres before it
breaks with the Pennine Way and takes to Dere Street at Black Halls.
The walk remains on hill paths and heads NW along the left hand side of
Blackhall Cairn. This offers views west to the distance Jed Water
Valley, before this is hidden by Woden Law the site of an old fort.
On an open day this must be one of the most attractive yet remote
section of the Way. The Cheviot Hills are all around with their
distinctive rounded tops and green valleys below. To the east are the
higher hills as they rise in altitude towards their highest, namely the
Soon there is a steep descent into Tow Ford. This was a ford across the
Kale Water in Roman times and remains a popluar picnic spot on summer
days. Next to the ford is an outwards bounds centre.
There is now a gentle climb along a quite road to Pennymuir, the next
Roman Fort location.
From Pennymuir there is another climb to reach Trestle Cairn at 334
metres and a high level walk along the western edge of the Cheviot
range as it heads towards Whitton Edge. Beyond Whitton Loch the land
starts to fall away towards the Teviot Valley.
Whitton Edge is at the corner of a grass path and a single track road. For the second time there is a section of walking on a quiet road. This road follows again the line of Dere Street and soon the surface returns to a grass track at a "T" junction close to Rennieston Farm.
Dere Street is now almost 100% straight all the way to the Eildon Hills
and the site of the look-out post on the North hill and Trimontium
that lies to the north of that hill. This is a track with gradual rises
and falls but always tracking a NW direction.
Shortly after a wooded section Dere Street emerges with only trees on the right and below is Cappuck and the point where the track crosses the road is the end of this section, close to the Oxnam Water.
It is important the on this day the walker has arranged to have a vehicle or accommodation provider to pick them up as the nearest area for extensive choice in overnight services is Jedburgh about 3 miles away.
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