Windy Gyle

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Windy Gyle
Northumberland, Roxburghshire
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Windy Gyle, seen from the ridge of Shillhope Law
Range: Cheviot Hills
Summit: 2,031 feet NT855153
55°25’53"N, 2°13’50"W

Windy Gyle is a hill in the Cheviot Hills, on the ridge which here marks the boundary of Northumberland to the south with Roxburghshire to the north, the summit of Windy Gyle forming a point on that boundary. Like the other hills on the ridge and around it, Windy Gyle is rounded and grass-covered.

The cairn at the summit of this hill is named Russel's Cairn and has a small depression suitable for shielding walkers from the wind; a duty it is frequently called upon to perform for those tackling the Pennine Way.

Summit and ascent

The Pennine Way crosses the summit, thus providing one possible route of ascent; the northernmost stage of the Pennine Way from Windy Gyle to Kirk Yetholm is 13 miles. Windy Gyle may also be climbed from the Coquet valley to the south (Northumberland), or from Cocklawfoot to the north (Roxburghshire). There are a number or routes from both sides, and circular walks are possible.

There are good views from the summit north towards Teviotdale, the Eildon Hills and even towards Edinburgh.