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Humbleton Hill 2018

Humbleton Hill 2018

Mon 26th March 2018

The walkers for the day met at Wooler Common carpark and Mark introduced himself (and Wendy and Hector who would be back marking the walk)and welcomed everyone and gave a brief outline of the day’s walk. The weather was perfect for a walk in the hills – sunny, clear and no wind.

The climb up Humbleton Hill had some walkers breathing heavily but Mark assured them it would be worth the effort as the panoramic views from the summit would be exceptional  - and so it proved with the snow-covered Cheviot and Hedgehope to the south, the North Sea to the north and Yeavering Bell to the west. Mark explained that this was one of the ancient hill forts in the Cheviot Hills and also the site of the battle of Humbleton 1402.

Our route then skirted  Harehope Hill to Gleadsclough where we stopped for lunch. Mark talked in greater detail about the history of the area and in particular the battles of Otterburn and Humbleton. He also pointed out examples of glacial meltwater channels. Suitably fortified our group began the gradual climb up to St Cuthberts Way and were lucky enough to see some of the wild goats with their young close to the path. Mark talked about St Cuthbert and then advised that if we were going to get wet and muddy feet it would be over the next mile or so – as it turned out this was not the case.

More wonderful views of the Cheviot Hills were enjoyed as we walked along St Cuthberts Way back to our starting point. 

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