Ingram to Biddlestone
Tue 14th July 2015
After varying degrees of navigational difficulty every one arrived at Biddlestone Chapel climbed on the bus and we set off for Ingram. At Ingram Mike took a quick detour to see how the Tea Shop was doing and then we set off on the walk proper.
From Ingram we followed a good farm track up over Wether Cairn and passing by Cochrane Pike. After lunch stop 1 the path descended down to Prendwick passing some wonderful named locations Gingling Cleugh and Bowl Holes. As we descended the track we were met by two horse riders coming up, one of the horses was very skittish and took a lot of urging to pass us by (Yes it was the horse and not the sight of us making it skittish, honest).
From Prendwick we continued along another farm track to Northfieldhead. Here we started the second of the days climbs. The effort of going uphill was distracted by a tractor driving backwards and cutting silage leaving strips of uncut grass between strips of cut grass. When he started to cut the uncut stips it was amazing that they were the exact width of the cutters to the inch (or 25.4mm). After this we joined Salters Road climbed Northfieldhead Hill. On the way Mike decided to take another little detour but only after lunch stop 2.
After crossing the road to Ewartly Shank, we continued along a grass track to Old Hizeltonrigg. The last climb of the day took us on a path heading for Singmoor on a ridge between Hazeltonrig Burn and Harden Burn. Eventually the path swung round to the head of the Harden Burn and as we Crested Bleakmoor Hill we could look across mid Coquetdale to the Simonsides.
A difficult descent down to Biddlestone (the track surface had suffered from recent rains and washed out of the track). From Biddlestone a short walk UPHILL took us back to Biddlestone Chapel and the end of the walk but not the day. Mike had the Keys to the chapel and opened up so we could see the inside of the chapel. Much to everyone’s amazement it was a totally unexpected delight to the eye.