Black Hag from Kirk Yetholm

A Scottish Borders walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 01/09/16

This walk in the Northumberland National Park follows the England-Scotland border fence and starts from Kirk Yetholm. The walk uses the Pennine Way to reach Black Hag. The return route follows an alternative route of the Pennine Way back to the start.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h25[?]
Distance Distance : 14.3km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 562m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 561m
Highest point Highest point : 543m
Lowest point Lowest point : 117m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Scottish Borders
Starting point Starting point : N 55.546428° / W 2.27672°
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Description

(D/A) Ample parking is available around the pleasant village green in Kirk Yetholm (grid ref NT827282). Take the lane signed to Halterburn climbing out of the village. The lane then descends to a cattle grid where a finger post defines the onward route of the Pennine Way across a footbridge over Halter Burn. The path climbs across the flanks of Green Humbleton to reach the border fence near Stob Rig.

(1) Turn south following the border fence to climb to Whitelaw Nick. From here you get a clear view forward and you realise the terrain is not as easy as you may have imagined. In fact anyone tempted to walk the Pennine Way is well advised to try this walk as it offers a short but valuable insight into the levels of fitness required on this northern section of the path. An unwelcome descent from the Nick is followed by a long steady climb to the summit of Black Hag which is just off the Pennine Way. The summit itself is not very inspiring but there is a fine view into Northumberland as well as a good retrospective of the route covered so far.

(2) Retrace your steps and locate the junction of the high and low level (or good and bad weather!) alternative routes. Take the left fork - a track rather than a path - which descends towards the north. Height is soon lost and you reach Birky Knowe where a finger post provides guidance on the onward route of the path across fields. The lack of path erosion is indicative of the low numbers of people walking this way and solitude is one of the great aspects of walking in this part of Britain. Follow the path past the abandoned farmstead of Old Halterburnhead, which offers the only shelter on this walk, and continue down the valley to reach the cattle grid crossed earlier in the day. All that remains is a final uphill pull along the lane before the village of Kirk Yetholm comes into view(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Kirk Yetholm
1 : km 3.27 - alt. km 3.27 - Border fence near Stob Rig - Turn south
2 : km 7.14 - alt. km 7.14 - Black Hag
D/A : km 14.3 - alt. km 14.3

Useful Information

For completeness this walk starts in the village of Kirk Yetholm the northern terminus of the Pennine Way. It combines the high and low level alternative routes for the first (or final) section of this long distance footpath. Despite being very close to England (on the other side of the fence) for some of the way this route stays on Scottish territory for its full length. Ensure you take adequate clothing as there is little shelter along this walk.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Moderator hiker
on Sat 06 Jan 2018 09:48:17 CET

Hi Pieman24,

Thanks for your feedback on this walk. If you have any photos of the walk (from before the fog came rolling in!), you're very welcome to post them

Best wishes,

Sarita
Hikideas Moderator


Walker
on Mon 18 Dec 2017 10:54:21 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 10/12/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk with plenty of good views to take in. Well signed with clear paths. As with all walks, go prepared, freezing fog moved in pretty quick on the day I did it. I was going to carry on to
The Schil but visibility was poor: Also worth noting the local do a lovely hot beef roll and guiness

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