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Cheviot hills

Cheviot hills Cheviot hills © Shutterstock

While the vertiginous peaks of Lakeland or the Scottish Munros offer climbers many a bracing challenge, the gentler slopes of the Cheviot hills and the heathery ridge that runs, on and off, from Simonside (via Long Crag, Old Bewick, Hepburn Crags, Ros Castle and Dod Law) to the Kyloe Hills make more modest demands on the weekend hill-walker. But the scenic rewards are no less, just a little more pastoral.

Looking at this image of a Cheviot foothill, is there a better description than the evocative phrase Chuchill used during the dark days of June 1940 to offer hope to the British people, when peace would eventually be achieved and ' the life of the world may move into broad sunlit uplands'.

Northumberland is full of broad sunlit uplands, and they offer us all peace, good health and fulfilment.


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