Windy by name, not nature

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ON a recent bright, sunny Sunday morning, Val Lisgo led 14 members of Morpeth Footpaths Society on a fantastic walk to Windy Gyle.

It was definitely T-shirt weather and the ascent was warm work in places, but the views down the Coquet Valley made the effort well worthwhile.

The walk started behind the Barrowburn Tea Room, before going past Hazely Law. After an hour the group stopped for a break and welcome refreshment before ascending towards the Border Ridge.

We walked through some shaded woodland before the final ascent.

As usual, there were only sheep and a few cows for company and we had the vast area of countryside all to ourselves.

We all had the chance to reflect on just how lucky we are to have such fabulous scenery right on our doorstep, and all of it free.

After quite a strenuous pull, we reached the Border Ridge and were rewarded with even more spectacular views into both Scotland and England.

We walked along the paved route of the Border Ridge towards our goal of Windy Gyle and lunch.

Happily, Windy Gyle did not live up to its reputation of always being windy and we all enjoyed a well-deserved picnic while contemplating the welcome knowledge that it was downhill all the way back to the cars.

After a relaxing descent, we returned to the Barrowburn Tea Room and the treat of tea and cake.

For further information about forthcoming society walks visit www.morpethfootpathssociety.org.uk or contact Secretary Sarah Howells on 01670 513757.