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From Source to Sea - day 2

From Source to Sea - day 2

Wed 16th July 2014

The River Coquet from Source to Sea

Day Two Barrowburn to Low Alwinton

Once more Sundance and his soft shoe shuffle had done the trick, another dry warm day. We met at Nat. Park car park at Alwinton and where quickly whipped back up the valley to Barrowburn Farm whose tea room was in for a very busy day, a fell race, Rothbury W. I. and Sheep shearers.  We left the hustle and bustle walking North wards in completely the wrong direction again.  A long climb up a farm track leading passed Lounges Knowe towards Fairhaugh.  As the track was about to enter Kidland Forest, after about a mile of walking  Mike said this is it the start of today’s walk.

We turned south and followed the ridge up to Shilhope Law.  As we slowly trundled up hill we were passed by two horse riders who made very short work of the climb.  Just before the final climb to the top we stopped for lunch and kept amused by the army firing some big noisy guns. From our vantage point we could watch the clouds of smoke made when the shell landed.  After lunch after short stiff climb we reached the summit of Shilhope Law.  This must be one of the best vantage points in the Cheviots, other than to the north and the line of the border ridge the land is laid out below you until in the far southern horizon you can see the North Pennines.

After a steep descent We reached the River Coquet at Shillmoor.  A narrow path just above the river leads to the start of Peth Path and the parting of the ways.  One group continued up Peth Path then took a quad track to the road and walked to Linbriggs.  While the other half of the group tackled the ‘Goats Track’ which leads to Linbriggs by a more direct path. Here the path traverses across a very steep hillside, with the river some 70ft below the path.

The two groups reunited and crossed the river by Linsheils.  We were now walking on the south bank of the river alongside the Army live Range.  The path took us up and over Barrow Scar. A sneaky sheep track that looked like the path lead Mike to be displaced! But a quick walk towards the river brought us back on to the footpath.

The walk to Angryhaugh was a delight flat haugh land and sunny hay fields bursting with an abundance of wild flowers. After a short walk along a road we re-crossed the river to arrive at Low Alwinton, the end of day two.  Unfortunately we still had to walk to Alwinton car park to finish off the day’s walk.

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