Bothy: Spithope

Grid Ref: LR80: NT 769 057

Location: Northern England & Borders


Wood fuel locally available. Please replenish wood store with cut wood.
If parking at Byrness please use the parking area by the recycling bins rather than parking in the village. No vehicles are permitted in the forest.

Due to tree felling operations, access to Spithope Bothy is only possible via the marked bridleway and not along the forest road. Please heed all warning signage. This will be in place until January 2019.

Historical Note
The bothy is situated on an ancient cross border drove road with a large dry stone wall enclosure to the rear of the building. It could have been an open night resting place¬†for the drovers and their stock on their journey to the markets in the south. When this trade ceased it became a ‘keb hoose’ where a shepherd would ‘set on’ orphan lambs with ewes which had lost lambs. Keb Sike runs nearby. It is also believed to have been used as a shooting hut. Then the forest came.

Bothy Features

  • Wood burning stove
  • Small Bothy

Bothy Gallery

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Bothy Map


Bothies in the Northern England & Borders

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