St Cuthbert's Way Challenge - fast approaching
Tue 24th July 2012
The first ever St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk is fast approaching. This 19.5 mile Challenge Walk takes in the best section of this long distance trail and takes place on Saturday 11th August. Over recent years the popularity of Challenge Walks has grown massively. Challenge Walks are organised walks (which some people run) where participants make their way along the route passing through checkpoints with snacks and water available at all of them. Emergency first aid is also provided.
Jon Monks from Shepherds Walks, who are running the event said, ‘We have a number of Challenge Walks now throughout the region but I am very excited about this, the first St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge. It is our only cross border event and crossing this spectacular but demanding part of the trail will make for a great day’.
After registering in Wooler on the day all participants will then be bussed to Morbattle for the start of the walk. They will then initially climb Grubbit Law, follow the ridge over Wideopen Hill (the highest point on St Cuthbert’s Way at 368m) and pass over Cookedshaws Hill before dropping down to Town Yetholm. This section of the Challenge Walk is truly stunning with the Cheviots to the South and the Scottish Borders to the north.
After leaving Yetholm you then have a climb up to the border ridge where you pass from Scotland into England before dropping down to Hethpool.
From Hethpool the route passes just south of Kirknewton passing in between ancient hill settlements in a picturesque but rugged landscape as you make your way back to Wooler.
A limited edition T-shirt is available for all participants who complete the challenge with all participants having the opportunity to raise money for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team who will be present on the day. It will also help to keep this vital service going.
Participants come from all over the country and last year the Challenge Walks brought people from overseas especially for these events in Northumberland.
Many people come into the area and make a weekend of it, so they have got plenty of time to savour the other qualities of the region.