Windy Gyle from Coquet Valley

Windy Gyle is the key objective for this walk in the deserted hills of Northumbria. Starting in the beautiful Coquet Valley the walk crosses wild moorland and includes a section of the Pennine Way.

Technical sheet
No. 292953
A Alwinton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 05/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h25[?]
Distance Distance : 11.61km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 385m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 381m
Highest point Highest point : 614m
Lowest point Lowest point : 260m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Alwinton
Starting point Starting point : N 55.39697° / W 2.223284°
Download : -
Finger signpost Gate before summit cairn


(D/A) The upper reaches of the Coquet valley in the Northumberland National park provide a great feeling of remoteness. This walk takes to the high ground and starts roughly half a mile west of Windylaugh where ample parking is available on the grass verge near the confluence of Trows Burn with the River Coquet (grid ref. NT860114).

Head up the valley containing Trows Burn on the metalled lane that leads to the lonely farmsteads of Rowthorpe and Trows. Shortly after the latter farm a side track forks left off the valley track and immediately starts to climb quite steeply. After a short way the gradient eases and ahead you can see the large rounded shape of Windy Gyle although the summit will not come into view for some time yet.

(1) Stay with the track with ever improving retrospective views back into Coquetdale. After just short of two miles the track meets a bridleway/footpath (grid ref. 860148). turn left (just north of west) for the final climb to summit of Windy Gyle, which is marked by a large cairn. There are superb views in all directions especially over Scotland.

(2) If the visibility is good, Windy Gyle is a pleasant place to spend some time. All good things must end and you retrace your steps to the fence to pick up the Pennine Way as it heads south. The going is pleasantly easy as the path undulates along the ridge. Reaching a small col just before Mozie Law take the clear path that goes south over Black Braes. Stay with this ridge, choosing the best path for the conditions, over the flanks of Swineside Law. Known as "the Street" this ridge path leads you back to where you have parked (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 264m
1 : km 2.69 - alt. 416m - Stay with the track
2 : km 4.43 - alt. 614m - Windy Gyle
D/A : km 11.61 - alt. 260m

Useful Information

Although this walk includes a two thousand foot summit the going, apart from a few boggy sections, is remarkably easy. The summit of Windy Gyle is reached without too much exertion and you have plenty of energy to enjoy the "deafening" silence so typical of this part of Britain. Whatever happens the landscape will captivate your imagination and you will certainly return to enjoy more of the Cheviots.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 25 Mar 2019 09:22:39 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 24/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk in a stunning part of Northumberland. It was pretty windy yesterday but our group of mixed experience walkers all managed to get round the circuit despite the wind. There's nothing too technically difficult along this route with a steady incline to the tops once you start climbing but the remoteness of the location makes it spectacular and the views over Scotland and Northumberland are amazing.
Definitely a walk I'd do again.

on Mon 17 Sep 2018 10:27:48 CEST

Glad to hear you enjoyed the walk! Please feel free to share any photos if you have any

on Sat 15 Sep 2018 21:23:32 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Did this walk today. Wow. I loved it. I was looking for solitude and escapism and did I get that! As tbe view over tbe scottish borders opened before me I could only wonder at the immense area of openess. Ive never felt this before. Thank you

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