Wed 8th July 2015
Once more we met at Shepherds Walks Shop in Rothbury and then staggered down to the bus stop to get the Spiritbus to the start of the walk. The bus driver was not sure whether we/ he could get up to the start of the walk as there were rolling road works from Hepple to Elsdon, fortunately we were able to get to the start of the walk without any problems.
A short walk downhill took us across the Grasslees Burn and then it was uphill all the way to Darden Pike. Mike took every opportunity to stop for a breather to look at the scenery the trees, the flowers (Cotton Grass at Millers Moss) and a lone Sand Lizard, as well as stopping to give the little dog a breather.
Eventually Darden Lough came it to view and we were greeted by a family of Canadian Geese. The last stretch uphill brought us to the trig point and cairn on Darden Pike. Just as mike was picking the best spot to have lunch on of the ladies fell over and cut her elbow. Mike immediately dived into action (well he decided he better do something to help before eating his lunch) treating the injury with care and sympathy. By time lunch was over the patient was feeling fine.
Leaving Darden Pike behind we now had a long steady decent with grand views all the way round. Eventually Mike stopped to show us the Frog this was a small outcrop of rock and when viewed from a certain angle look a bit frog like! The gentle decent continued until we crossed the Grasslees Burn once more and reached the bus stop in time to see the bus going to elsdon. So we jumped on the bus and went to Elsdon and immediately turned round to head back to Rothbury.
A good walk, that fits in very well with the Spiritbus timetable. Well worth thinking about.