Netherton to Alwinton
Tue 7th July 2015
The group all met up At Shepherds Walk’s Shop and walked down to the bus stop to catch the local Spirit Bus that goes to Alwinton on a Tuesday. This is a circular route going through Thropton, Snitter, Netherton (where we got off the bus) before arriving at Alwinton.
We set off westwards through the village of Netherton and at the junction next to the First School we took the road to our right and after a hundred meters or so turned left on to a farm track. This farm track runs all the way to Biddlestone the going under foot was quite good.
Passing Biddlestone we then took another track that lead to Biddlestone Chapel and passes the “Biddle Stones”. Once at the Chapel Mike dived into his rucksack for the chapel keys so we could have a look inside and somewhere comfortable to have lunch.
After lunch we had a quick tour of the outside and then set off into a wood where the path was lost in plants growing to waist height. But this lasted only for 100m or so before we back on a farm track and then a road.
When the road did a hard left turn we kept straight on following another farm track. By now the sun was peeping through the clouds and it had really warmed up. The first views of the Army Range came into view and in the foreground Clennel Street. A very pleasant and easy walk downhill took us to Clennel Hall. Having walk round the Hall and Clennel Farm we crossed the Alwin River by a foot bridge and did the hardest climb of the day (all of 20ft).
Having crossed a couple of field we reached Clennel Street and a short walk downhill we reached Alwinton and somehow we all ended Sitting in the pub with a very welcome shandy. On time the Spirit Bus arrived to ferry us back to Rothbury.