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Tue 28th June 2011

Goats on the Roof - Rothbury Walking Festival

Goats on the Roof - Rothbury Walking Festival

Shepherds Walks did this as a guided walk earlier in the year and after reading the blog I could not resist in putting myself down as the guide for leading the same walk during the walking festival.

The reason for this is that the walk passed through Greenleighton Farm, which is the farm I used to shepherd on.

After meeting in the morning we skirted around the edge of the reservoir before we climbed up through Greenleighton to what I think is one of the finest views in Northumberland, from Greenleighton Hill. It is truly one of the hidden gems.

We then dropped back down and passed through the farm before heading west through the trees to head back onto ‘hill country’.

After a very quick lunch, kindly cut short by midges we were heading towards the Fallowlees Burn and instead of dropping down and crossing it we continued on the reservoir.

We soon crossed back into the reservoir and made our way back to Goats on the Roof. What better way to end a guided walk than a nice cup of coffee and a slice of carrot cake!

Sun 26th June 2011

YouTube - Cragside Challenge Walk

YouTube - Cragside Challenge Walk

Sun 26th June 2011

Cragside Challenge Walk

Cragside Challenge Walk

Saturday saw the first ever 13 mile Cragside Challenge Walk.

After a wet start the sun came out and it turned into a lovely day.

The demanding course covered both sides of the Coquet Valley, firstly heading up over the Carriageway Drive, before dropping down to Thropton.

After crossing the Coquet the participants then headed up past Tosson Lime Kiln to the top of Simonside (the proper way to climb Simonside, from the bottom).

After following the ridge down to Lordenshaws everybody continued back down to Rothbury, before following the River coquet back to Cragside and what a superb finish as the walkers passed through this stunning estate.

A great day was had by all.