Rock Art Tour of the Cheviot HIlls
Wed 19th August 2015
We gathered on a fine Sunday morning with stunning views towards the Cheviot hills providing a backdrop for our initial briefing. This was to be a walk with a difference because, we were anticipating seeing some of the best examples of Neolithic Rock Art in Northumberland, as we progressed through the day. We headed south from Doddington and made our way to Weetwood Moor where we picked up a transfer to Chatton Hill. The rock panels were all located at places with extraordinary views. Indeed, this may have been a part of their purpose. Earlier people saying, ‘This is our place in the landscape’. We noted the different motifs on the rock panels and talked about their possible meaning. A meaning , which of course, is essentially lost to us.
We took lunch at Weetwood Bridge the walls of which are at a perfect height for walkers to sit on! We walked 7 miles with relative ease. The only four legged member of the group showing no signs of tiring. The rock shelter at the end, discreetly hidden in the hillside bracken, was spectacular. It provided a fitting finale to our day.
Some of the group were interested in my wife’s next art exhibition which will feature some interpretive prints of rock carvings. This will be at the Holy Biscuit Factory, near the Biscuit Factory, in Newcastle. November 16-22nd. I’ll be at the Preview 18.30 - 20.30 on Monday 16th. Maybe see you there.
We had a good day and thank you all for joining us.
Roy Kennard (Hillguide)
Moira Smith (Volunteer)