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Dipton Mill Circular

Dipton Mill Circular

Mon 9th October 2017

Dipton Mill Circular summary – October 8th

It was a beautiful  Autumn morning as we met at Whitley Chapel for the dayís walk – there was no wind, the sun was shining and visibility was excellent. As we set off down the lane to Whitley Mill, Mark outlined the route and the historical events he would talk about and the terrain we would be walking over.

Once across the Rowley Burn our path headed through woodland and then farmers fields. Fortunately there were very few cattle in these fields but we were delighted to see hares and a small number of deer running in front of us. Our first coffee break was on the small bridge over the burn just before the road leading to Spittal Shield and as Mark was explaining how the nearby Devilís Water got its name, we were entertained by a pair of pheasant cocks jousting underneath the boughs of a tree.

We proceeded on a quiet country road before heading through the farmstead known as Lords Lot and on to the edge of the moors leading to Allendale at which point we received a brief history of lead mining in the East and West Allen valleys. Wonderful views to north Northumberland were enjoyed. Our lunch stop was in the peaceful and beautiful Dipton Dene where the trees which abound on both sides of the valley were turning to their Autumn colours. Here Mark recounted the legend of Queen Margaret and her son in the aftermath of the Battle of Hexham in 1464 and hence how the cave in the valley obtained its name.

Our route followed the Dene for nearly 3 miles before climbing on to the lane to begin our return  journey  to Whitley Chapel.

All the walkers  thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the weather remained perfect throughout. Mark thanked everyone for their company and said how much he looked forward to seeing them again on the 2018 walks.

Mark

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