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Wed 3rd October 2018

Windy Gyle 2018

Windy Gyle 2018

Windy Gyle – September 30th 2018

It was a glorious Autumn morning as the 18 walkers for the day met at Wedder Leap car park – the sun was shining, not a breath of wind and the colours of the surrounding hills were stunning. Mark welcomed everyone and introduced himself and Andrew and Andrea, two Shepherds Walks volunteers, and outlined the walk.

Unfortunately shortly after we began the long climb up the old drovers road, The Street, the weather began to deteriorate. A stiff breeze developed with squally rain showers and the temperature dropped and this proved to be the pattern for the rest of the day. Steady progress was made and where the Street met the Pennine Way we were fortunate to see two groups of wild goats grazing on the hillsides. As we made our way to the summit of Windy Gyle and despite the frequent showers we were able to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding hills, including the Eildon Hills in the far distance.

The summit certainly lived up to its name and after a few photo shots, we proceeded on the border ridge until we reached the junction with Clennell Street and began the long and gradual descent. At Murder Cleugh, Mark told the story of this infamous crime. Our route continued down to Barrowburn and our starting point and once again lovely views were enjoyed by all.

Despite the changeable weather, everyone agreed this was a beautiful walk enjoyed by all. Mark thanked the walkers and complimented them on their fitness levels!


Fri 7th September 2018

Kielder Challenge 2018

Kielder Challenge 2018

Over 130 people took place in this years Kielder Challenge Walk and completed the 25.3-mile trail.

The weather was perfect and a great day was had by all.

Mon 6th August 2018

Beamish and Causey Arch 2018

Beamish and Causey Arch 2018

Beamish and Causey Arch August 5th 2018

The wonderful weather we have enjoyed this Summer continued and it was another beautiful morning as we met at the Causey Arch Picnic area to begin the walk. Mark introduced himself and Sue and Tony (Shepherds Walks volunteers) and outlined the route which would incorporate the Causey Arch, Tanfield Railway, Beamish Open Air Museum and Beamish Hall.

We set off walking up through the Causey gorge following the burn and arrived at the impressive Arch where Mark gave a brief outline of its history, its construction and purpose. Our route continued following the Causey burn before crossing the Tanfield railway and heading over farmland. As we approached the road, Mark talked about the railway and its importance in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The path here was overgrown, and continued to be until we hit the quiet country lane which took us to Beamish woods. At the entrance to the museum we stopped for lunch at a designated picnic area.

The route took us round the edge of Beamish Museum and down to the Beamish Burn which was followed until we arrived at the impressive Beamish Hall. Mark delivered further summaries about the history of the museum and the hall.

The last section was a gentle climb on a farm track to the Causey Inn and from there back to the picnic area and the cars and a welcome ice cream for some of us!

All walkers confirmed this was a most interesting and enjoyable walk.