Christmas Guided Walk - Simonside
Mon 19th December 2011
Christmas guided walks are supposed to be cold and have snow, and this was certainly on the menu for today.
Our contingency plan was to move the starting point to Rothbury and at 9.00 in the morning we made that decision. A big thank you must be given here to our three Wise Men (Shepherds Walks volunteers - John, Andrea and Margaret) who then positioned themselves with maps, to direct people down to Rothbury. Stirling work, well done!
So, a little bit later than we had anticipated we set off from Rothbury, with over 30 keen walkers, on the Shepherds Walks Christmas guided walk.
We initially followed St Oswald’s Way, passing Sharp’s Folly and passed through Whitton Dean before climbing steeply to the Lordenshaws Iron Age Hillfort. After spending a few minutes at the cup and ring marks we headed down to the car park that the walk was originally planned to start from, Lordenshaws.
One thing that really struck me about today is how clear everything was. From Lordenshaws the Cheviot looked so close, the cool crisp air made the views really clear.
We then climbed upwards, passing above the dear wall, as we made our way up to Beacon Hill and followed the stunning snow topped ridge to just before Dove Crag, were we descended down to the forest track.
Then, we dropped down steeply to the Simonside Picnic area for a quick lunch. Being in the shade it was a little cool.
After lunch we continued to drop down to the river Coquet, before following it back into Rothbury.
We had a great walk. Lots of new people so I very much hope they come back on future walks.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
I mentioned on the walk when I took John Craven on this walk. Below is the YouTube film of that Countryfile appearance. It's funny to see the walk with no snow on the ground!