A family friendly walk with wild Cheviot goats and a waterfall
A lovely family walk to Hethpool Linn, a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn, returning along St Cuthbert’s Way – we can’t guarantee it, but a good vantage point to see the wild Cheviot goats.
The feral goat herds in the Cheviots are regarded as an excellent example of our original landrace goat; the primitive, unimproved goat that helped sustain people of the British isles from the times of the earliest Neolithic farmers. Evocative of bygone eras, and pre-dating all our modern goat breeds, the herds are of cultural and historic value. now living a totally wild existence, these shaggy coated and long horned wild cheviot goats are hardier than modern breeds.
The goats are approachable enough to offer good views and offer no threat to walkers if left alone. During most of the year, they are in small family groups, larger numbers may be seen together during the autumn rut when clashes between males happen. They kid from mid February onwards, females sometimes leave new born kids lying up in sheltered spots while they go off to graze. These are not abandoned so please leave
them where they are – mum will come back for them eventually.
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