The Cheviots are one of the major landmarks of the border country, consisting of rolling summits with no rugged peaks and few distinguishing features. Outlying ridges extend south into Northumberland and north into the old Scottish county of Roxburghshire; these ridges are exploited by ancient routes, all with their origins deep in prehistory. As well as just being ways to pass through the countryside, they have been used for activities as disparate as trading, driving livestock and moving troops – as well as smuggling and raiding.
These are the Border Roads. With their origins deep in prehistory, they reflect a time when hills were seen as a thoroughfare rather than an obstacle. After all, they had no dense woodland to navigate, no deep rivers to ford and fewer irate landowners looking to protect their land from travelers and passers-by.