Pennine Way, part 9 - Chew Green to The Street
Sun 13th May 2012
Pennine Way 2012 Chew Green to Mozie Law (The Street)
Once more Sundance had been doing the old soft shoe shuffle (all week becoming more desperate as the rain poured down). Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny although some-what cool. After a pleasant drive up the Valley we arrived at the car park at Windyhaugh. By 10.30am all the group and the mini bus were together and we set off for the start point just west of Makendon.
As usual Mike set off along the footpath but very quickly left the non existent footpath and followed a quad track that approximately took us in the right direction to the point we left the Pennine Way at the end of the last walk.
For a short distance from Brown Hart Law to Black Halls the PW follows the line of the Roman road Dere Street. At Black Halls Dere Street enters Scotland. Although Sundance had been dancing all week for a dry day and had so far succeeded he had not done any thing about keeping the path dry, so we began to plodge as the going became very wet. The National Park had put slabs down to act as ‘dry path’ unfortunately some of the slabs had sunk and so you had the choice of trying to find your own route through the morass or walking in a black water logged trench that hopefully had slabs underneath.
Of course Mike just plodged through the black water and got through without sinking down into a morass although the water was three or four inches deep. Those more faint hearted tried to find a less wet way round with varying degree of success.
Gradually we left the bog land of Broad Flow climbing ever so slightly to once more join the ‘Border Fence’ after a short DRY stroll we reached the Refuge Hut at Yearning Saddle, for a well earned if somewhat late lunch.
After lunch the first big climb of the day up to Lamb Hill (slow but steady progress was made). Then a short descent before we once more had to climb to reach the high point of the day Beefstand Hill (562m). From here we could just see through the haze the hills around Alston (our original starting point in the spring of last year). Yet another short descent and progress was stopped by group of Cheviot goats this time all female with kids.
A little uphill climb was followed by another descent but this time into a disaster. Once more plodging along an underwater footpath some one (name with held for the sake of embarrassment) hit the edge of a slab and slipped off the path thigh deep into the bog. Unusually for Mike he rushed to help to pull some one out rather than take an embarrassing photo. After a couple of minutes of Mike pretending to be concerned we set off to climb up Mozie Law.
Leaving Mozie Law to where the Pennine Way crosses The Street we came across another small group of goats. On reaching The Street we left the Pennine Way to follow the path down The Street into the Coquet Valley.
A 3mile trek that would have to be walked back up tomorrow (plus 311m of ascent) to pick up the Pennine Way once more. On reaching the valley a mile walk along the road brought us to Barrow Burn Farm and Tea room, a mug of coffee and a big slice of Apple and Spice tea loaf helped to restore the flagging body.