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Stage 15: Byrness to Kirk Yetholm — Pennine Way

Stage 15: Byrness to Kirk Yetholm — Pennine Way

Difficult
14:27
28.1 mi
1.9 mph
3,825 ft
4,150 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.72 mi
18.1 mi
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The Cheviot

Hiking Highlight

18.8 mi
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Cairn Hill

Hiking Highlight

20.7 mi
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Mountain Refuge Hut

Hiking Highlight

28.1 mi
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End of the Pennine Way

Hiking Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 7.56 mi
Hiking Path: 12.5 mi
Path: 7.10 mi
Street: < 109 yd
Road: 0.92 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Alpine: 7.22 mi
Natural: 9.83 mi
Unpaved: 2.99 mi
Paved: < 109 yd
Asphalt: 0.96 mi
Unknown: 7.10 mi

Weather Forecast

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komoot planned a hike.

May 28, 2019

Comments

  • komoot

    This final stage of the Pennine Way crosses some of the most remote hills in England—and it is a marathon push to finish the hike in one day.

    There is no obvious way to split this final stage as it crosses through some of the least-populated parts of the country. That said, there are some bunkhouses along the way, as well as two mountain refuge huts, which are well-positioned to split the final part.

    A potential option is to get straight to the second mountain refuge hut shown here on day one, without climbing to the summit of The Cheviot. Then retrace your steps briefly the second day, climb the Cheviot, and then continue to Kirk Yetholm.

    Depending on your fitness, time restraints, what your accommodation requirements are, and so on, it might take some forward-planning and extra research to tailor this last section to your needs.

    It is a long but gradual ascent to The Cheviot along the loneliest hills and emptiest moorland in England. When you reach the 2.674 feet (815 meter) high summit, though, you are at the highest point in Northumberland National Park. On a clear day, you can see the Lake District in the distance and even Edinburgh.

    The lengthy descent from The Cheviot to Kirk Yetholm is likely to be an emotional one. If the weather is good, you will probably want it to last forever. For many, though, the driving winds might make you pleased to cross the finish line.

    Either way, when you do cross the line—huge congratulations. You have achieved something that is truly incredible.

    There are no shops, cafes or anything else on this final section before Kirk Yetholm, so make sure you have plenty of food, water, first aid, adequate clothing and navigational equipment before setting off.

    • May 28, 2019

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Stage 15: Byrness to Kirk Yetholm — Pennine Way