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Hartside to High Cantle

Hartside to High Cantle

Tue 13th June 2017

June 11th 2017

Our walkers for the day met at Hartside at the head of the Breamish valley and on a bright but blustery morning at 10.30ish set off on the road to Alnhammoor.  In a relatively sheltered spot Mark outlined the day’s walk before taking the path initially following the Shank burn and then branching off to begin the long but gentle climb to Little Dod and the junction with Salters Road. It was on this stretch and walking into a stiff breeze that the first shower of the day was encountered.

Fortunately the rain did not last too long – just enough to test our waterproofs – and at our first coffee break on Salters Road, Mark gave a brief history of this ancient route for drovers, salt traders and Border Reivers. There was also a brief discussion about “naturism” on the Northumberland beaches!

The well defined track took us to our planned lunch spot at the foot of High Cantle via the farms at Low and High Bleakehope.  Here the valley provided shelter from the wind and we encountered our only other outdoor enthusiasts – two cyclists struggling in the opposite direction to ourselves up a significant incline. During lunch Mark talked about the Battle of Otterburn amongst other topics including litter in the countryside, sheep farming, the M.O.D. range at Otterburn and future planned Shepherds Walks.

As we began our steep ascent to the High Cantle plateau the next rain shower arrived. Heart’s pumping after the short but steep climb, our route took us over the fell to Rig Cairn and on towards Linhope. Underfoot the going was extremely wet (much to Mark’s surprise when the fells had been so dry just two weeks before) but again the shower did not last. We could see further rain clouds approaching and decided to press on without further stops, but to include Linhope Spout in the walk.  As we approached this well known waterfall and beauty spot we were surprised at the number of picnickers and visitors.  Several photos were taken and then we began the final stretch to the hamlet of Linhope and from there back to the cars at Hartside.  At this point the rain became heavy and persistent and by the time we returned to our starting point everyone was rather wet!

Despite the wind and periods of rain everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk, the scenery, the company and their conversation.

My thanks to the walkers for making this such an enjoyable day.



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