The Copper Snout and Clennell Street walk is a challenging walk that takes us into the foothills of the Cheviot Hills.
It starts off with a steep climb that rewards you with a fantastic view over the valley, with the river Coquet winding its way along the valley floor. Then you drop down from this viewpoint and follow the Usway burn as it winds its way through a gorgeous deserted, and yet undiscovered, valley as you slowly gain height.
You are then truly in the heart of The Cheviots and the sense of isolation is quite unique. We will return via Clennell Street where there are some lovely views away to the west.
The last village as you travel towards the head of the River Coquet, lies on the route of an ancient drove road – Clennell Street.
Clennell Street, is an old drover’s road, used in the past to drive livestock from the Scottish hills to the English markets.
Standing just off the summit of Cushat Law, looking south towards distant Alwinton, it is difficult to imagine this same view sixty years ago. Once open country, now the vast swathe of the Kidland Forest (2,100 hectares (5,190 acres)) conceals a complex system of sikes, cleughs, slacks and burns which feeds the twisting River Alwin and drains the high horseshoe of hills that surrounds this huge blanket of trees.