Happy Valley Nordic Walk
Mon 19th September 2016
The forecast was good. Most of the group met in Wooler and Martin and Claire took everyone to the start where we met our latest newbie, Zeenat. The customary group photo was taken and I explained that the beginning of the route could be a bit slippy and that everyone should take extra care.
We crossed the bridge and passed the area I had mentioned.
We got to the bottom of the hill and everyone took this opportunity to take off their jackets/fleeces as it was warm. As always I told everyone to walk at their own pace, stop if they needed to and enjoy.
We got to the top and we took the opportunity for a coffee break. Russell opened his rucksack and took out nearly a whole corner shop worth of food and offered it around. Marilyn disappointed us by slumming it using her fingers instead of a knife and fork! Zeenat asked about GPS and map reading, cue Martin's expertise.
After the ascent everyone was pleased to hear that the rest of the walk was relatively flat.
We passed Middleton Old Town, where there are 2 rundown houses, a sheep popped her head through the window and Russell decided to pretend to write a quotation to fix them up.
We headed down towards Colgate Mill and the ford, we crossed the bridge rather than plodge through the ford when Claire suggested Russell went back to beside the ford to take a group shot on the bridge, Russell duly obliged, Claire felt guilty for about 2 seconds.
We walked through the short stretch of wood when we came across some blackberry bushes which were laden with berries, some of us took the chance to snack on them, playing roulette as to whether they were going to be bitter or sweet.
Lesley asked if we were in Happy Valley yet as she didn't want to miss it. LOL
Drama of the day was still to come, when we were just about finished, a large black cow and her calf started running towards us, we walked to the side and well out of the way to let them pass, we ended up standing out of the way for quite a while as there were a large number of cows and calves walking past us. They paid no attention to us as they were obviously on a mission to get somewhere. Russell named 2 calves and a limping cow G, D and Steve. Nordic Nuts joke.
We got back to the cars and drove back to Wooler to the Terrace Cafe, where we bumped into Paul, Shepherds Walks' map and compass guide.
Thank you to everyone who came along, I hope you enjoyed this walk. Russell your photos are fab as always and thank you to Martin for his help as volunteer.
The next Nordic walk is on Sunday 25th September and is the Rothbury Railway Walk to Pauperhaugh, this is a beautiful and flat walk with a picturesque picnic spot for lunch. I hope to see you then.