When a track leads off from Coquetdale following the Rowhope Burn towards Rowhope Farm there is parking space for a few cars. A forbidding sign at the foot of the track says: Ministry of Defence Private Road No unauthorised Access. Relax, it’s a right of way. That sign is only for cars; the rest of us are authorized. It’s a very pleasant walk from here onto Windy Gyle, past Rowhope Farm and Trows (the latter looks pretty derelict) and up over Trows law to the summit where I met the Pennine Way.
It was beautiful and sunny up here, but very windy and I had a sense the weather might suddenly get worse at any time. I got lucky. It didn’t. I followed the Pennine Way west along the border ridge in very strong winds. At one point a strange object like a big silver fairy was stuck in the ground alongside the fence. According to the Nuttalls these things have some significance to the MOD people. After about a mile I turned left onto The Street a beautiful path leading easily along the flanks of Swineside Law and Hindside Lowe back to my starting point.
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