St Cuthberts Way, part 2 - Wooler to Fenwick
Tue 4th September 2012
Sundance had been at work all week with the old soft shoe shuffle and it worked not of drop of rain all day! and did he get any thanks for his efforts NO some people just complained about how hot and sweaty (Males) or glowing (Female) they were. There is just no pleasing some people.
We nearly all met at Fenwick on time and got on the mini bus to transfer back up to Wooler Common where the last walk ended. Here another walker joined the group.
We walked around the ponds and down into Wooler to find the first available comfort stop (Wooler bus station). We continued down through Wooler crossing the A697 and then river Wooler Water. After a short walk through a park we gradually began to climb out of the valley and up on to some open moorland.
As usual Mike used the excuse to witter about the local glaciation and the layout of the land to have a rest and get his breath back after the climb. It was at this point Mike’s mobile rang and we arranged to meet the last member of the group at the bridge crossing the River Till near Weetwood Hall.
The route of St. Cuthbert’s Way now uses the public road to West Horton and after a steady climb we arrived at West Horton.
What made this even better, one of the group lives here so we had tea, proper coffee and scones and what made the stop even better, we had access to a loo. Mike allowed us to make the most of the stop by also making it our lunch stop! So we did not only enjoy the stop, coffee etc but also the SUNSHINE.
All too soon Mike was packing his rucksack ready for the off. We continued to follow the road for a short distance before turning off on to a farm track that rose to a high point and allowed views to the south as far as the Simonside Hills. We once more joined a minor road and had to dodge a couple of cyclists.
At Shop Hill we left the road and now walked through some fields and a herd of bullocks before arriving at St. Cuthbert’s Cave. Here Mike allowed us to stop for a short rest while he wittered about the various Saints that were linked to the area ably helped by one or two others in the group before pontificated about the Celtic church and the Roman Catholic and the Whitby synod.
Eventually he shut up and we climbed the last hill of the day which gave some of the most breathtaking views of the Cheviots and to the east Lindisfarne. Although this view will not be there for long as a wind farm with 19 turbines is being proposed/ built in the near vicinity.
Once more we had to walk through a herd of cattle before heading north through some conifer woodland. The path through the woods was the most clarty of all the days walk and needed some limbo dancing under a barbed wire fence at one point to miss a very clarty section. For the last 1km or so we were back onto minor road that lead us to Fenwick village and the cars.
Well Done Sundance Kid you did us proud a perfectly dry day.