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Wed 31st May 2017

The Cheviot 2017

The Cheviot 2017

The Cheviot – Sunday 28th May

It was a glorious morning as our group of walkers for the day met at the head of the Harthope valley. The heat of the previous days had been replaced with a fresh breeze and bright sunshine although the high hills were covered in cloud.

Mark welcomed everyone and gave a brief outline of the walk and ensured everyone had sufficient refreshment before we started the ascent of our first hill of the day – Cold Law. Hearts were quickly pumping as we made our way to the summit and the higher we went, the stronger the breeze. Our first coffee stop of the day was just below the trig point at the summit and as anticipated fabulous views of the Cheviots in all directions were enjoyed. Mark was able to point out various landmarks and also explained that we would be celebrating the inaugural “Northumbria Day” by unfurling the Northumberland flag at the top of Cheviot. However as Cheviot was still covered in cloud, we took the opportunity of flying the flag and taking some photos here despite the windy conditions.

The well defined path took us down from Cold Law to the foot of Broadhope hill and we then began to gradually climb. Mark decided to head diagonally across the heather towards Scald Hill. Underfoot the normally boggy peat hags were exceptionally dry and steady progress was made to the foot of the Cheviot. Our lunch stop was in a secluded and dry and sheltered stream bed just off the beaten track and with cloud still on the top, the flag was displayed once more. Suitably fortified we began the steep climb up to the summit plateau – fortunately we were a fit group and made good time and by the time we reached the summit the wind had abated and the cloud had disappeared.

After more refreshment and photos at the Cheviot summit, we followed the path to the head of the Harthope burn and began the slow but delightful descent back to the valley bottom. The sun was shining and it was by now quite warm and the views of Hedgehope, the surrounding hills and the valley were quite stunning. The burn had to be cris crossed many times but we all arrived safely and without incident at the sheep pens where the valley became much wider and then followed  the track back to our starting point.

This had been a wonderful days walking  thoroughly enjoyed by all and Mark thanked everyone for their company and for the variety of sweets that were handed out at each stop!

Tue 23rd May 2017

Happy Valley Nordic Walk

Happy Valley Nordic Walk

The forecast for the day was for rain but everyone was prepared for it.  Most of the group met in Wooler, we met our latest newbies, John, Jen, Val, Donna and Mary.  We car shared to the start where we met up with Alistaiir, Kirsten and Paul.  Poles were handed out, warm up and quick instruction for the newbies and off we headed.

Ruth was at the front and lead everyone to the bottom of the hill we were going to climb.  As always I told everyone to walk at their own pace, stop if they needed to and enjoy.

At the top of the hill there was a waymarker with two choices left and right on checking the GPS we headed right and we could see Hedgehope and Cheviot.

After the ascent everyone was pleased to hear that the rest of the walk was relatively flat. 

We passed Middleton Old Town, where there are 2 rundown houses, Bob went to investigate.  We took the opportunity to eat lunch as it stopped raining, Ruth had her spork to eat her halloumi and orzo pasta whilst Val had proper cutlery to eat her avocado!  We are getting very posh in our picnics.

We headed down towards Colgate Mill and the ford, we crossed the bridge rather than plodge through the ford where a group photo on the bridge.

We walked through the short stretch of woodland which was stunning and got to a field which had about 20 calves in.  They showed some interest in the group but not enough to follow us.

We got back to the cars and drove back to Wooler and headed to the Breeze Café. 

Thank you to everyone who came along, I hope you enjoyed this walk.  Thanks to Ruth for her help as volunteer.

The next Nordic walk is on Saturday 10th June in Morpeth and Bothal.  I hope to see you then.

Sun 7th May 2017

Northumberland Coastal Challenge 2017

Northumberland Coastal Challenge 2017

On Monday 1st May 250 walkers took part in the 2017 Northumberland Coastal Challenge Walk.

After registering in Alnmouth they got transferred to North of Bamburgh to Budle Bay to start their 26 mile walk back to Alnmouth.

Please enjoy the YouTube film and pictures.