Morebattle – Town Yetholm.

We were heading into the Cheviots today. Chatting to a farmer, on the lane into the hills, he said he had over 1000 cattle in the fields, I cannot imagine how many sheep and lambs are at loose. Lapwings and cuckoos gave call and a buzzard quartered overhead. The way up was steep and direct  but soon we were  enjoying a snack, sheltered behind a wall from the wind, on the aptly named Wideopen Hill 368m. As well as being the highest point on St. Cuthberts Way it is also half way from Melrose to Lindisfarne. We were surrounded by hills, Horse riders made a dramatic appearance on the skyline. Morebattle was far below and the Yetholms visible ahead in the next valley.The forecast was for thunder storms in the afternoon so we didn’t hang around long. a good ridge walk eventually brought us down onto lanes leading into Town Yetholm. A few thatched cottages still exist here and the shop was luckily open when we arrived. Our pub for the night, The Plough, was on the village green. We were safely into our first pint when the storm started outside.

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