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Cheviots Challenge 2017
The ethos of the Cheviots Challenge is to give participants a challenge. The initial principle was, and has always been, not to release the exact routes until the day of the event. This is quite unique amongst events such as ours and may still be the case. However, we are not that ruthless, so the entry page contains ( and below ) clues listing some of the places participants may visit. With a little forward planning, participants could work out where each route may go and therefore be in a position to decide which route ( long or short walk ) is better suited to their ability.

Furthermore, if you have not participated in an event like this you may need to consult your GP as to your suitablity in participation. See our Terms and Conditions for further information.

It is essential that all participants are competent in the use of a map and compass, even in poor visibility.

So here are your choices, which will give you an idea of what your challenge might be.

The "Terry Lynn" long route will be about 22 miles and entails about 3400ft of climbing. Starting from Alwinton you will visit:- Clennell Street ( Read more. or download ), passing Nettlehope Hill, down to the Uswayford Track where there is usually a checkpoint with freshments, below Hazely Law, before the ascent to Hexpathgate.

Turning left here you follow the Pennine Way up to Windy Gyle. Continue to follow the Pennine Way to just before Mozie Law at Plea Knowe you turn off down the Street over to Black Braes, and Swineside to "Slymefoot" NT 860115.

Then long the road to Barrowburn where once delicious farmhouse teas and other home baked delicacies would have awaited, but alas it is onward to Fairhaugh where you now follow the Usway Burn to Shillmoor and Peth Pass, returning to Alwinton.

The "Eileen Lynn" short routeis about 17 miles and over 2600 feet of climbing. Starting from Alwinton you will visit:- Clennell Street, Barrow Law ( Read about deadly doings at Murder Cleugh before you start your climb.), and Peth Pass returning to Alwinton.

On the day of the event, you will receive a route card and a photocopied map giving details of the routes. Once you have received this information you are well advised to spend some time planning your route on to your own OS map of the area.
These may well be the routes for 2017. If you missed our event in 2016, why not use it to practise for 2017!

If you are using an electronic device ( not recommended ) then here are your GPX files. Long route and short route. Right click, "save target as".
Eileen Lynn Short Route

To view an image of the routes click on it.

Terry Lynn Long Route
We know you will have a good day, which ever route you select, and at the end will be delighted with your sense of achievement.
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