It’s Not Always Foggy In The Cheviots…

….and just to prove it, the next day was dry and clear.

James had planned us a 10 mile wander, starting from Alwinton this time, taking in the 563m summit of Wether Cairn. Dixie had to be left in the van again for an extended snooze in the warmth, but I think she’s got to the stage now where she’s nowhere near as bothered by that as she might once have been. 10 miles is just far too much for her these days, though. We have to take care of her.

We left Alwinton to the north, on Clennell Street, but soon dropped off down towards the River Alwin. A couple of miles further on we skirted round the edge of a forestry plantation, following Allerhope Burn. A track was then picked up through the trees, before emerging out on to a heathery bit on Wholhope Hill, only a few hundred metres from Wether Cairn.

From the trig point, we found a track and picked our way south over the tops, before coming across another track which took us along the ridge of The Dodd, droppingย us back down to the River Alwin again.

This was the point at which I came a cropper, slipping on some greasy rocks which were half hidden by grass, bruising myself quite badly in several places. (Sympathy, please…..) I did have some sympathetic looks from Geoff and James, but basically ended up just taking some Ibuprofen and carrying on. I would like to point out though, that by bedtime that night, my left wrist had swollen and stiffened up so much, I could hardlyย bend it at all….

Still, it was nevertheless a grand day, with good views, and a good time was had by all – especially Tilly and Reuben.

And even Geoff was photographed several times with a smile on his face.



















20 thoughts on “It’s Not Always Foggy In The Cheviots…

    1. Hi Dawn ๐Ÿ™‚
      Now Tilly has been known to carry much larger pieces of wood than that. She’s very canny actually, she knows that if she picks up something totally inappropriate, Geoff will eventually give her the ball he carries for her and balls trump everything!
      I’m feeling much better now, thanks. But you know what bruises are like, they’re still all visible a fortnight later, just with a different colour scheme! ๐Ÿ˜€


  1. Ouch! Not nice – but it sounds at least like there was no long-lasting damage this time.
    That looks like a lovely, varied walk.


    1. Yes, at least it wasn’t like the slip I had several years ago! I do seem to recall coming out with a fair chunk of colourful language in the immediate aftermath, though…..
      But a very enjoyable walk nevertheless. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thanks, John, the bruises are finally starting to fade now ๐Ÿ™‚
      The Cheviots are such a wild, scenic location aren’t they? And all the better really, because not so many people seem to go there!


  2. I took a similar fall last winter walking down an old cobbled lane, slipped and fell and one elbow took the full force as I landed. Found out about 6 months later that I’d broken it when I popped into see the Doctor and they asked if my elbow had always been an odd shape.


    1. It’s often the simple slips that cause problems, isn’t it? As an adult it was discovered that my right collar bone had been broken and set wrong many years ago. Think it must have been when I was a teenager and doing loads of horse riding, and no-one took any notice of me when I’d fallen one day and said I was hurting! Parents!


  3. Tilly obviously thinks you don’t give her enough to carry with that ginormous log she’s got!

    Hope your wrist is okay – maybe you sprained it? I still haven’t got my confidence back on slippery surfaces after 2012!


  4. Great photographs and story as always Chrissie. Hope you’re feeling much better. I’ve gotten injured many times on hikes, down-hill skiing and other outdoor activities. Perhaps that’s the price of experiencing nature. :^) Big virtual hugs, chop kisses for Dixie and Tilly and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  5. Luckily you got loads of sympathy when you fell and were looked after. A good day in the hills and thanks to Geoff for the catering ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. You’re right, thank-you, I did gets lots of sympathy when I fell – you both looked very concerned ๐Ÿ˜€
      Geoff’s cooking pizzas and Eve’s Pudding again tonight; Abi and Dave are coming…..


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