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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.


Mark

Mon 23rd July 2018

The Cheviot 2018

The  Cheviot  2018

The  Cheviot – July 21st 2018

As we drove into the Harthope Valley cloud shrouded the summit of The Cheviot – our goal for the day – but otherwise it was a glorious morning warm and bright. Shortly after 9.30 Mark introduced himself and Sue to those walkers new to Shepherds Walks, outlined the dayís walk and began the ascent of our first hill, Cold Law.

It was a very warm and tiring climb and three of our group were not feeling too good and opted to return to the car park and walk in the valley. Mark suggested if they recovered sufficiently they could meet the main group on Scald Hill and continue with the walk. Hearts suitable pumping, we reached the trig point on Cold Law and enjoyed the fabulous panoramic views of much of Northumberland and noticed that the cloud over the Cheviot had lifted. Our route took us over the shoulder of Broadhope Hill and up to Scald Hill where to our delight (and surprise) our three colleagues rejoined us and were able to complete the walk without any difficulty.

After a coffee and snack break on Scald Hill we began the steep climb up to the Cheviot plateau. Despite the rain of yesterday the hills were bone dry which did make walking easier but nevertheless everyone was extremely pleased when the path flattened and we continued to the summit on the flag stones. Whilst there was a dirth of wildlife and birds in particular the views of the hill were exceptional and the heather on the Cheviot a vibrant purple. Just as we reached the Cheviotís summit the cloud and mist returned and the temperature plummeted!

Our next snack break was at the head of the Harthope burn in a sheltered spot in the heather. The path which followed the burn back to the cars necessitated much traversing of the stream but the views ahead down the valley and with the slopes of Hedgehope to the right were stunning. At the sheep pens before the path turned into a hard track Mark thanked everyone for their company and wished them a safe journey home. The walk took exactly 7 hours but the view of everyone was that it had been a super day and well worth the exertions of climbing this iconic hill.

Mark