Hexpethgate by Windy Gyle
This is an ancient crossing point on the border between England and Scotland. These locations represented neutrality to both nations and were regarded as important meeting places for the March Wardens to conduct their meetings. It was here at Hexpethgate at a meeting on 27th July 1585 that Lord Francis Russell was killed by a single gunshot. The Scottish March Warden for the Middle Marches, Sir Thomas Ker of Ferniehirst was accused of orchestrating the murder with his accessory James Stewart, The Earl of Arran. The story of the murder is intriguing and a visit to this wild place, unchanged by time makes a wonderful outing among the border hills of the Cheviot range.
The best starting point is at Alwinton village at the Rose and Thistle, a wonderful country inn, from here you may decide to walk to Hexpethgate and really have the best opportunity to experience the stunning scenery.
The route from Jedburgh to The Rose and Thistle at Alwinton:
Leave Jedburgh on the A68 heading South into Northumberland
Stay on A68 for approx 14 miles
Turn left onto the B6341 to Alwinton