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Tue 18th July 2017

The Cheviot Nordic Walk

The Cheviot Nordic Walk

An awful weather forecast for the day didn’t deter the 20 Nordic Nuts ready to go up The Cheviot.  Waterproofs were donned and we headed off with Martin in front, me in the middle and Ruth at the back. 

Crossing a stile we walked up the first hill of the walk to Cold Law with everyone walking at their own pace (as always).  We reached the trig point on Cold Law and the first group photograph was taken. 

As we walked away John’s rucksack waterproof cover blew off and it was fun watching him go after it and capture it by stabbing it with his pole.

A short descent and a quick brownie stop whilst everyone caught up.

It was a windy and wet day but luckily we came across a little dip round the corner from Scald Hill for our lunch stop.

Sue had made cheese scones, Martin had made brownies and Martin’s mam had made shortbread which were offered around.

After lunch we walked up the second hill, Scald Hill and this was where we got our best view, even being able to see the sea.

The group was quite spread out but 3 members of staff meant this wasn’t a problem and encouraged everyone to go at their own speed.

The Cheviot stands at 815m or 2674ft and some of the group reached the summit and waited for the rest of us where I took another group photograph.

We came back down Scald Hill and back to the cars.

Well done to everyone for accomplishing the biggest hill in the Cheviots, which I know was on everyone’s list to do.

Thank you to Martin for leading the walk and brownies and thank you Ruth for your help.  We all really appreciate it.

The next Nordic walk is a lot easier at Holywell Dene on 30th July.  I hope to see you then.


Tue 11th July 2017

Windy Gyle - July 2017

Windy Gyle - July 2017

Our walking group of 8 started  walking promptly at 9.30am on a beautiful clear, sunny and warm morning – the perfect weather for walking in the Cheviots.

We walked past Barrowburn (and a particularly noisy flock of sheep) and continued on the road until we reached the old drovers, traders and Border Reivers track of the Middle Ages known as the Street. The path took us on a steady climb to the border ridge and the Pennine Way - half way up we were rewarded with the sight of a small herd of wild goats much to the delight of all. Mark told us this was the first time he had seen the goats in this area of the hills and took some photographs to record the sight. Our route followed the border east to the summit of Windy Gyle (619m) and Russell’s cairn where we had lunch. Here we enjoyed fabulous views in every direction and saw the hills at their very best. Mark explained how the cairn was named following the murder of Sir Francis Russell (a warden of the English march at the time) supposedly by his Scottish counterpart in 1585.  

Suitably refreshed we continued along the border until we reached Clennell Street (another of the  old drovers routes). Here we turned south and walked between two wooded areas and were again rewarded with more wildlife in their natural habitat – this time a deer with its fawn. A really lovely sight. Our path then took is past Murder Cleugh and Annette was able to give us the sorry tale of Robert Lumsden and Isabella Sugden dating back to 1610.Skirting Barrow Law, our well defined track steadily descended to our starting point at Weders Leap car park.

This 11 mile walk has to be one of the finest in Northumberland particularly with the superb weather we enjoyed all day – a sentiment echoed by everyone in our party.


Sun 2nd July 2017

Corbridge and Dilston Nordic Walk

Corbridge and Dilston Nordic Walk

Good forecast again for the Corbridge to Dilston Nordic walk.  We all met at the car park, did our warm up and headed along the River bank past the Tyne.  Martin was in the lead and we were in a long line with the gorgeous scenery of the many flowers, bushes and trees which lined our walk.

We continued along the path to a little white gate which led onto the train line, quick group photo opportunity before Martin kept a watch for the trains as we crossed the track.

Crossing the road at Dilston we walked towards and past Dilston Physic (or as a few wanted to call it “psychic” garden and onward through Park Wood.  A short detour as the group headed down a small hill which soon turned very steep so a quick turnaround which took us past Devil’s Water and our lunch stop.  Brownies and energy bites were gratefully received by the whole group.

Back to the walk and we followed the path which took us past Duke’s house and we then retraced our steps and took another group shot at a point where Zeenat was surprised to be told that we had passed this point near the beginning of the walk.

It was a beautiful walk with a fantastic group.

After we got back to Corbridge we realised someone had parked in the place which was the way out.   Bob suggested there were enough of us to move the car but we decided to walk up to Corbridge and to a tearoom.  No persuasion was needed though.

The group split to go to different tearooms but everyone enjoyed whichever they went to. 

Thanks to Martin for being my volunteer and making the brownies.

I hope everyone enjoyed the walk and I hope to see you soon.