A range of full documented archaeology walks on both sides of the border can be found in the Cheviot walking guide we have produced.
This is Walking the Old Tracks of the Cheviots, published by Northern Heritage at £9.99 and available from booksellers, the publisher and online.
From time to time we will add new walks in this part of the site.
Walking safely is very important, so here are a few tips on how to enjoy the Cheviots.
There are several things you can do in advance of your walk. The first question you should ask yourself is “am I fit enough?”. You should plan a walk within your and your companion’s capabilities. There is no point in deciding on a 20 mile hike if you can only walk for around 3 hours.
Ensure that you have a map of the area and a compass and you know how to use them. These are particularly important if you are intending venturing off the beaten track. Then consider the weather. Check local forecasts on the radio, television or on the web and if the weather doesn’t look good postpone the walk until it gets better. And remember that the weather can rapidly change for the worse in the Cheviots, with strong winds blowing in rain.
You must also be properly clothed. A layering system is best but do not use cotton materials (including jeans) as they do not dry very well. You also need suitable footwear and ensure any new boots have been broken in. Rainproof gear should be carried together with a hat and a pair of gloves. In addition you need some food and drink. Snacks are best and this is your opportunity to include a couple of chocolate bars. If it is cold you should consider taking a hot drink. Carry all this in a suitable backpack together with some spare clothing and a first aid kit containing plasters, blister pads and any medication you may need.
Take a mobile phone but be aware that reception in the hills is unreliable. A whistle may be a useful addition, with six short blasts used to summon assistance and three short blasts to acknowledge one.
Before setting out leave details of your route with a reliable person and the time of your expected return together with instructions on what to do if you fail to meet that deadline. Ensure the person is aware of any change to your plans or if you have come off the hills and decided to go visiting to prevent any unnecessary call-outs.
Despite how well prepared you are an incident on the hills may still occur. It may not be with your group but with someone you come across. If an incident does occur consider your own safety first and then the safety of the other members of your party before treating the casualty. If you are unable to walk the casualty off the hill and assistance is required and you cannot get a mobile phone signal you will need to send for help. This will involve splitting up your party and whoever goes for help should be fully briefed on the extent of injuries to the casualty, what assistance is required and the exact location of the incident. Someone should remain with and comfort the casualty.
Finally, follow the Countryside Code – protect, respect and enjoy.
- Look after plants and animals
- Take litter home
- Leave gates and property as you find them
Keep dogs under close control