Gypsy Road to The Cheviot
Start location: Burnhead, south of Kirk Yetholm (NT 844 257)
End location: The Cheviot (NT 909 206)
Geographical area: Lothian and Borders
Path Type: Rural Path, Smugglers' Path
Path distance: 11.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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This route generally follows the "Low Level Pennine Way" to Cheviot. Burnhead is reached by heading ESE from Kirk Yetholm, then turning south along the Halter Burn. From Burnhead go SE up the slope of Latchley Hill to the col between The Curr and Black Hag, then SE to the Border. Follow the Border ridge south over The Schil (601m) and round the head of the College Burn to Auchope Cairn and The Cheviot (815m).
There are many stories of Gypsy-Traveller paths in the Kirk Yetholm area and this walk, mentioned in Ian Mitchell's book "Walking Through Scotland's History", leads from just south of Kirk Yetholm to the Cheviot. The Cheviot was a favoured place for Gypsies to rob travellers as it was close to the border and provided plenty of cover for a successful escape. This walk, while following the Pennine Way, approximates a path which would have been used by the Gypsy-Travellers making their way to the Cheviot and back again.