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Tue 11th July 2017

Windy Gyle - July 2017

Windy Gyle - July 2017

Our walking group of 8 started  walking promptly at 9.30am on a beautiful clear, sunny and warm morning – the perfect weather for walking in the Cheviots.

We walked past Barrowburn (and a particularly noisy flock of sheep) and continued on the road until we reached the old drovers, traders and Border Reivers track of the Middle Ages known as the Street. The path took us on a steady climb to the border ridge and the Pennine Way - half way up we were rewarded with the sight of a small herd of wild goats much to the delight of all. Mark told us this was the first time he had seen the goats in this area of the hills and took some photographs to record the sight. Our route followed the border east to the summit of Windy Gyle (619m) and Russell’s cairn where we had lunch. Here we enjoyed fabulous views in every direction and saw the hills at their very best. Mark explained how the cairn was named following the murder of Sir Francis Russell (a warden of the English march at the time) supposedly by his Scottish counterpart in 1585.  

Suitably refreshed we continued along the border until we reached Clennell Street (another of the  old drovers routes). Here we turned south and walked between two wooded areas and were again rewarded with more wildlife in their natural habitat – this time a deer with its fawn. A really lovely sight. Our path then took is past Murder Cleugh and Annette was able to give us the sorry tale of Robert Lumsden and Isabella Sugden dating back to 1610.Skirting Barrow Law, our well defined track steadily descended to our starting point at Weders Leap car park.

This 11 mile walk has to be one of the finest in Northumberland particularly with the superb weather we enjoyed all day – a sentiment echoed by everyone in our party.

Mark

Sun 2nd July 2017

Corbridge and Dilston Nordic Walk

Corbridge and Dilston Nordic Walk

Good forecast again for the Corbridge to Dilston Nordic walk.  We all met at the car park, did our warm up and headed along the River bank past the Tyne.  Martin was in the lead and we were in a long line with the gorgeous scenery of the many flowers, bushes and trees which lined our walk.

We continued along the path to a little white gate which led onto the train line, quick group photo opportunity before Martin kept a watch for the trains as we crossed the track.

Crossing the road at Dilston we walked towards and past Dilston Physic (or as a few wanted to call it “psychic” garden and onward through Park Wood.  A short detour as the group headed down a small hill which soon turned very steep so a quick turnaround which took us past Devil’s Water and our lunch stop.  Brownies and energy bites were gratefully received by the whole group.

Back to the walk and we followed the path which took us past Duke’s house and we then retraced our steps and took another group shot at a point where Zeenat was surprised to be told that we had passed this point near the beginning of the walk.

It was a beautiful walk with a fantastic group.

After we got back to Corbridge we realised someone had parked in the place which was the way out.   Bob suggested there were enough of us to move the car but we decided to walk up to Corbridge and to a tearoom.  No persuasion was needed though.

The group split to go to different tearooms but everyone enjoyed whichever they went to. 

Thanks to Martin for being my volunteer and making the brownies.

I hope everyone enjoyed the walk and I hope to see you soon.

Julie

Wed 28th June 2017

Coquet Valley Challenge Walk 2017

Coquet Valley Challenge Walk 2017

On Saturday just under 100 walkers took place in the second Coquet Valley Challenge Walk.

The weather was stunning with a strong breeze on the tops and every walker who set off completed the whole route, well done!


Please do enjoy the YouTube film and all the pictures from the day which you will find underneath.