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Hulne Park Nordic Walk

Hulne Park Nordic Walk

Sat 30th September 2017

Apologies for the late blog for the walk which took place on 16th September 2017.

This walk was suggested and recce'd by our lovely volunteer, Ruth. 

We had permission to go into the Park early (as it doesn't open until 11am) and a relativey small group met at the gates nice and early.  The forecast wasn't great and Anne surprised everyone by wearing a jacket (but not for long)!

We started walking along the Farm Drive passing a field with a couple of bulls in it.  Ruth said there may be 2 bulls in that field but there is 1 bull outside the field, everyone looked around and realised she was talking about herself "Ruth Bull".

We got to Brizlee Tower (which is a Grade 1 listed folly on top of a hill. The tower was erected in 1781 for Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, and commands extensive views over North Northumberland and the Borders.  Photo opportunity of the ladies in the group on some stones which looked like a podium.

Next up we visited the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland's new burial ground for themselves and their descendants overlooking their ancestral seat and has a 12ft ornate gates (the gates took more than 5 months to create and reflect the personal interests of the Duke and Duchess). 

This was a beautiful walk and Hulne Park is definitely a place we will return to.

After the walk we headed to the Pineapple Cafe (part of the leisure centre) who very kindly stayed open for us.  Lots of sandwiches, cakes and brownies were consumed and they were delicious.  Ruth bumped into the shelves just behind her and the decorated Ostrich egg fell from the top but don't worry, Kim caught it to save Ruth's blushes.  We decided to put it on the table for safety.

Thank you to everyone for coming along and to Ruth for suggesting and recceing the walk and helping on the day. 

I hope to see you all soon, next walk is 8th October and is South of the river at Tanfield Railway.

Julie x

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