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View of the Cheviot Hills. Courtesy of Andrea Roberts

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Cheviots Challenge

The Great Beamish Round.

Here is a nice route that would be a good practice walk for either the Cheviots Challange or the Alwinton Round.

The Upper Breamish Valley was gouged out by ice and channelled by the River Breamish, rising on Scotsman's Knowe by Cheviot. This burn, the only one from the Cheviot to be recognised as a "river", squirms it way by Quickening Cleugh, Bleakup, Sniffies Scar and Snout End, eventually to lose its proud name to the River Till at Bewick.

The ability to read a paper map and use a compass are essential skills needed before venturing out in to the hills. However, sometime the most experienced of people often become "misplaced" for whatever reason.
In today's "techy world" there are devices that can now help you to relocate yourself at the touch of a button. Since most people carry a smart phone then there are various apps that can help you. Better still if they are free!
Here are a couple that may interest you that have been recently reviewed in a well known outdoor magazine.

Ordance Survey OS Loacate App £ FREE
 
This free-to-download app can be used on most smartphones, even when you don't have a signal. It displays your location inlatitude and longitude and with grid references so you can use it alongside a paper map to see where you are anywhere in the world. It also includes an on-screen compass with rotating bezel so you can set bearings from your surroundings, though this does require your phone to have a built-in magnetic compass. A neat additional feature is the'share' function, which allows you to send an'l am here' grid reference via text message, email or Twitter (among others) to keep friends and family up to date with your location. This would be a useful safety tool for groups or lone walkers heading into remote areas. As with any phone app, you will need to make sure you have plenty of battery power and to protect your phone with some form of waterproof case. To save the battery, only turn the location function on when you need it.

To download the OS app for apple and android phones click here.
   
ViewRanger. Outdoor discovery App £FREE + Mapping
 
This is probably the most well-established navigational app for smartphones, thanks to its ability to pinpoint your position on screen and to plot routes that you can later navigate along. There are predesigned routes too, that you can search by location, download and follow. It also works without a mobile signal and maps are stored so accessible offline. Basic mapping is included for free but if you want to view high-quality detailed mapping such as OS or similar, then you need to pay extra. For example, 1:25k OS mapping of the Lake District National Park is £28.99 and the whole of Great Britain at 1:50k is £89.99. The large screen of your phone ensures these digital maps really sparkle with detail. But of course - as with any phone app - it will come down to battery life, and how well you protect your phone.

To down load the ViewRanger App for Apple or Android phones click here.
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