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Harthope Valley Circle

Harthope Valley Circle

Thu 24th August 2017

Fortunately  the high winds of yesterday had abated and it was a beautiful clear morning as we gathered at the Carey Bridge for the start of the day’s walk. As we started the long but steady climb up Cold Law, the remaining clouds on the summit of Cheviot dispersed and we were left with a perfect day for walking with excellent visibility.

The higher we climbed the full vista of the hills in every direction was revealed and the vibrant colour of the heather enhanced the wonderful views. It was also at this point that we encountered our first herd of grazing cattle and  a slight detour was needed. On reaching the summit of Cold law still more incredible views of the hills, and of Cheviot and Hedgehope in particular, were enjoyed and for those walkers who had not visited this area before, it was indeed a revelation. Jelly babies were handed out.

As we walked down to the Langlee valley, Mark told us a little of the geology of the hills, the history of Broadstruther, his experiences with wild cattle and  the National Park. Our lunch stop was by the stream at Langleeford and despite the considerable number of cars in the valley, we came across very few other walkers .Suitably refreshed we tackled the short sharp climb up to Langlee Crags from where yet more stunning views of the valley were on show. We stopped for a photo shoot and Mark began to tell the story of the Border Reivers. He promised a further instalment later in the walk.

The path leading us back to our starting point was straight and well defined but again a diversion to avoid yet more cattle was required. From Brands Hill we headed towards Happy Valley and our cars and Mark became engrossed in telling more about the Reivers. To his embarrassment he missed the turn off for the correct path – this necessitated a short stint of walking “off piste” across heather and waste high bracken! A hidden fence was negotiated and we safely arrived at the Carey Bridge.

Despite this slight hic up the day was superb and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk.  

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