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Mon 19th December 2011

YouTube Film - Christmas Guided Walk

YouTube Film - Christmas Guided Walk

Mon 19th December 2011

Christmas Guided Walk - Simonside

Christmas Guided Walk - Simonside

Christmas guided walks are supposed to be cold and have snow, and this was certainly on the menu for today.

Our contingency plan was to move the starting point to Rothbury and at 9.00 in the morning we made that decision. A big thank you must be given here to our three Wise Men (Shepherds Walks volunteers - John, Andrea and Margaret) who then positioned themselves with maps, to direct people down to Rothbury. Stirling work, well done!

So, a little bit later than we had anticipated we set off from Rothbury, with over 30 keen walkers, on the Shepherds Walks Christmas guided walk.

We initially followed St Oswald’s Way, passing Sharp’s Folly and passed through Whitton Dean before climbing steeply to the Lordenshaws Iron Age Hillfort. After spending a few minutes at the cup and ring marks we headed down to the car park that the walk was originally planned to start from, Lordenshaws.

One thing that really struck me about today is how clear everything was. From Lordenshaws the Cheviot looked so close, the cool crisp air made the views really clear.

We then climbed upwards, passing above the dear wall, as we made our way up to Beacon Hill and followed the stunning snow topped ridge to just before Dove Crag, were we descended down to the forest track.

Then, we dropped down steeply to the Simonside Picnic area for a quick lunch. Being in the shade it was a little cool.

After lunch we continued to drop down to the river Coquet, before following it back into Rothbury.

We had a great walk. Lots of new people so I very much hope they come back on future walks.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.


I mentioned on the walk when I took John Craven on this walk. Below is the YouTube film of that Countryfile appearance. It's funny to see the walk with no snow on the ground!


Sat 17th December 2011

Nordic Walking Intergenerational club

Nordic Walking  Intergenerational club

We had a hugely successful Nordic Walking programme in Berwick, introducing many schools to Nordic Walking, with over 1000 children from different schools experiencing Nordic Walking in 6 week blocks. We ran this over a school year.

Due to the success of the exercise we set up a small intergenerational Nordic Walking club so that parents and grand parents could walk with their children and grandchildren.

This short video was shot at the end of the first six week session, when they headed onto a (windy) beach at Berwick.