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Spectacular views of two countries

Border Ridge & Pennine Way

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Two countries on one route

The Schil in Northumberland National Park by Brian Rogers.

The Schil. Photo by Brian Rogers.

This is Britain’s first long-distance footpath.

The route is 270 miles along the backbone of Northern England from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

Navigation, weather and endurance are all exceptionally challenging.

So if you meet a Pennine Wayer, do give them some encouragement. For more, click here.

Floating footpaths

On certain sections of the Pennine Way, the authority has installed old mill flags that ‘float’ on the vegetation.

These provide a firm walking surface and prevent further erosion of the peat underneath.


A fingerpost for the Pennine Way

A fingerpost for the Pennine Way.

It’s not often you get to walk along the border of two countries.

Here England and Scotland join along an impressive high route with panoramic views.

Part of the Pennine Way runs along it, which can be combined with other footpaths for a brilliant day’s walking.

Mountain bikers can enjoy a good ride too.

Download the Border Ridge from Kirk Yetholm Walk.

Border Gate

This is also known as Hexpethgate or Coxlawgate.

In the past, cattle drovers used it, and even smugglers.

Did you know?

Russell’s Cairn on Windy Gyle is named after Lord Russell who was mysteriously murdered here in 1585 after a March Warden dispute.

The large Bronze Age burial cairn was renamed in memory of this shady event.

Explore the Border Ridge & Pennine Way on Google Street View

Getting There

Car: It’s best to access the Border Ridge and Pennine Way from Kirk Yetholm. Follow the A1 north from Newcastle, taking the A697 (signposted for Rothbury and Coldstream). Follow that road for 31.2 miles and then turn left onto the B6351 at Akeldmanor & Country Club. Follow the road for 10.9 miles until you reach Kirk Yetholm. Then follow the instructions in the downloadable walk here.

  • The shelters at Lamb Hill and Auchope Rigg were built by Northumberland National Park Authority rangers and volunteers and the Mountain Rescue Team, with materials flown out by the Royal Air Force.
  • Heavily insulated, the shelters are a lifeline for keeping walkers safe in bad weather.
  • So you know what a shelter looks like, just in case you actually need one when you are on the Pennine Way route, this picture shows you what they look like.
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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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