See spectacular views of two countries

Visit the Border Ridge; 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 also enjoy a fantastic day out.

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.

Keeping walkers safe

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.

auchope mountain refuge hut

Getting to Border Ridge

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.