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Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival 2019

April 27th to May 6th

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Monday 29th April 2019


Walk 6: Elsdon Circular

This walk starts in the village of Elsdon, where we see the remains of both a pele house and a motte and bailey castle. We head out of the village on to the moors at Landshot, and follow farm tracks across the moors and into Harwood Forest. We leave the forest heading west, across open access land at the foot of Wolf Crag. We turn back northwards past some cup and ring marked stones towards Winter’s Gibbet. The eerie gallows, where the infamous Winter hanged for murdering Margaret Crozier in 1791, dominates the horizon as we climb. From the top of the hill we have excellent views of the Cheviots and into Scotland, as we walk along roads, tracks and farmland on our return to Elsdon.


Meet: Elsdon Village, GR NY936932, at 10.00 am

Distance: 12.5 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent/Descent: 1127 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Nick Harley


Walk 7: Winshields and Ramshaw

We start at the Twice Brewed Inn, the naming of which has several stories which you will hear during the walk! Passing the Sill, the impressive new Discovery Centre, we walk northwards, joining Hadrian’s Wall close to Steel Rigg. We follow the Wall to its highest point on Winshield Craggs where we make our descent, leaving behind the magnificent views it offers. We cross General Wade’s Military road, and make our way southwards passing close to the disused Ramshaw Colliery, of which all that remains is an old weighbridge. The colliery closed in 1983. The route then passes through the pretty hamlet of Henshaw, before we take a gentle climb back to the start.


Meet: Twice Brewed Pub, GR NY752669, at 10:00 am

Distance: 7.5 miles

Grade: Moderate Plus  Ascent/Descent: 1017 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Roy Johnson


Walk 8: The Bastle Trail, Tarset

We follow the Bastle Trail laid out along the banks of the Tarset Burn, in the company of Peter Ryder, a buildings’ historian who has written extensively about bastles, the defensible farmhouses unique to these borderlands between England and Scotland. We walk through woodland on the edge of Kielder Forest and through farmland, looking at bastles in various states of repair from the almost fully intact Black Middens to the foundations and rubble of Boghead. We learn how, when, and why they were built, and why this notable cluster exists in this remote part of Northumberland.


Meet: Sidwood Car Park, past Greenhaugh Village, GR NY783885, at 11:00 am

Distance: 5.5 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/Descent: 670 feet

Bring: Packed lunch and extra layers for standing and listening on a cold day

Fee: £10

Leader: Anne E Palmer


Tuesday 30th April 2019


Walk 9: Hexhamshire from Hexham

We start this exhilarating but strenuous walk in the centre of the historic market town of Hexham. We climb up and look back at the extensive views of the town before reaching a pleasant wood. From there we head to Lambshield and to Letah Wood, thought to be Northumberland’s last wild daffodil wood, and which may offer an opportunity to see and hear a variety of wild birds or other wild life such as red squirrels, roe deer, fox and stoat. Leaving the woods we then circle around the delightfully named Juniper, following part of Wainwright’s Pennine Journey and Devil’s Water. We return to Hexham, first via Dipton Mill with a descent through Dipton Woods, and then past the racecourse, ending with a walk through the attractive Wydon Burn.


Meet: Hexham Tyne Green, at 10:00 am

Distance: 13 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent/Descent: 1360 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Geoff Chrisp


Walk 10: Charlton and Greenhaugh

This walk gives us the chance to see the beautiful upper reaches of the North Tyne, as it leaves Kielder Water and begins its journey to the sea. The North Tyne Valley is one of the more remote parts of Northumberland, and one that we have rarely visited in the Festival. We begin the walk at the new Boe Rigg Campsite, near Charlton. We climb up along the course of the Charlton Burn to a waterfall, and on to Shiel Craggs, with views over the North Tyne valley. We cross the moor to High Lake and on to Greenhaugh, then along farm tracks towards Thorneyburn. We go through farmland on the north banks of the North Tyne , where we will see the remains of the old Kielder Railway line, as we head back to Boe Rigg.


Meet: Boe Rigg Campsite, Charlton (near Bellingham, signposted from the road from Bellingham to Lanehead), GR NY808850, NE48 1PE, at 10:00 am

Distance: 7.5 miles

Grade: Moderate Ascent/Descent: 844 feet

Fee: £7

Bring: Packed lunch

Leader: Dave Lewis



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Friday 3rd May 2019


Today we begin our four day, long distance adventure, with the first stage of a route that takes us from the Eden Valley in Cumbria back to the Tyne at Haltwhistle. Anyone undertaking the whole journey will be rewarded with views of the Lake District Fells, the North Pennines and the Hadrian’s Wall Ridge, as we follow a rugged path through valleys, over fells, into villages and across upland farms. The walk offers a fascinating slice of our magnificent Northern English landscape.


Walk 16: Eden to Tyne - Day 1, Milburn to Hartside

We start our four day walk in the medieval village of Milburn in the Eden valley, following Wainwright’s Pennine Journey, past ancient cultivation terraces of the Hanging Walks of Mark Antony. We climb steadily towards High Cap, an old bridleway that provides good views of the Eden valley and the Lakeland Fells. Turning north along a broad ridge to Meg’s Cairn we reach Knapside Hill, and finally the enigmatic Fiends Fell with its trig point and cairn. Its name survives as a reminder of the Helm wind that rushes down the hills from time to time and can persist for days on end. Finally, we reach Hartside and meet our coach to take us back to Haltwhistle.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 08:20am. Coach leaves for Milburn at 08:30am.

Distance: 11 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent: 2306 feet Descent: 1047 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £15

Leader: Geoff Chrisp


Walk 17: Lanercost Circular

The walk starts close to the impressive Lanercost Bridge which crosses the River Irthing. We follow the river, passing the Augustinian Lanercost Priory, then on to a quiet road which crosses the river, and along a pretty route through Crookstown. We re-join the river in the hamlet of Wallholme. We then walk northwards and join the Hadrian’s wall path at Banks Turret, where the views across the Irthing Valley are magnificent. We follow the Wall westwards and leave Hadrian’s Wall Trail close to Burtholme and back to Lanercost.


Meet: Lanercost Old Bridge, GR NY 533633 at 10:00 am

Distance: 7.5 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/descent: 654 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Cath Thompson


Walk 18: Bird Walk with Nick Leeming

Nick Leeming is a keen birdwatcher who has lived in Haltwhistle for many years. His bird walks in the Spring Festivals are almost legendary and are always fully booked.The walk starts in Haltwhistle Market Place and follows a route down Eden’s Lawn to the river. Do not be surprised if a good number of species are spotted whilst still in the town. The walk continues along the south bank of the river and through Bellister Woods to Park Burnfoot. The actual route will depend on the weather and the birds! Early booking is advised.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 10:00 am

Distance: 5 -6 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/Descent:

Bring: Packed lunch, binoculars, extra layers for standing and watching on a cold day

Fee: £7

Leader: John Robinson




Saturday 4th May 2019


Walk 19: Eden to Tyne - Day 2, Hartside to Newbiggin

From Hartside we head north. There are excellent views across the Eden Valley to the Lakeland Fells. It is impossible not to feel the solitude – pure and simple. We ascend Hartside Heights to reach the trig point at Black Fell, and eventually Watch Hill, which evokes a warier time when strangers were doubted in these wild places. Thack Moor, a narrow grassy fell, carries the association in its name with heather turves once used for roofing thatch. We drop down to cross the Croglin Water, ‘the pool on the big bend’, to reach the picturesque fellside village of Croglin . We continue our journey to meet the coach and finish in the delightful village of Newbiggin with its many traditional houses


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 08.50 am. Coach leaves for Hartside at 09:00 am.

Distance: 10.5 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent:1025 feet Descent: 2340 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £13

Leader: Catriona Mulligan and Geoff Chrisp (two groups leaving 30 minutes apart)


Walk 20: Dunblar Rigg and Spadeadam

For some reason, very few people walk the paths in this delightful farming area, and so an air of mystery and isolation is evoked. Previous festival walks in this area have been well received, perhaps for this reason. We start in the hamlet of West Hall and head south east and uphill over pasture land, towards Allensteads. At Kingbridge we see the salmon ladder. Our route meanders past Desoglin, Spotley Bank and Highstead Ash before reaching the halfway mark at Dunblar Rigg. Although not obvious now, the Romans were here and our route twice crosses one of their roads. Spadeadam features on the walk – the house, and not the RAF station. The final section is on tracks, and a very quiet road back to West Hall.


Meet: West Hall, GR NY565678, at 10:00 am

Distance: 7.5 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/descent: 683 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: James Blythe


Walk 21: Archaeology Walk with Phil Bowyer

Walkers who have attended Phil’s walks previously will tell you how well he explains the pre -historic findings in our area. We are north of the Wall with him again, but walking to a new site, rich in evidence of ancient peoples. The route is north from Sewingshields Farm and crosses rough moorland, hence the grading. As we walk further north from Hadrian’s Wall Trail, the magnificent whin sill towers over us. Then we have good views of Folly Lake and Halley Pike Lough before arriving at our destination area. Our return is on much the same route, but there will be more to hear about this area as we walk.   


Meet: Sewingshields Farm by kind permission of the farmer(a small donation towards parking will be collected) at 11:00 am

Distance: 6 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/Descent: 500 feet

Bring: Packed lunch and extra layers for standing

Fee: £10

Leader: Lil Young


Wednesday 1st May 2019


Walk 11: Romans, Railways and the South Tyne Valley

We start our delightful walk at Lintley Halt on the South Tyne Trail, initially following the railway line to Kirkhaugh Station. where we join Isaac’s Tea Trail/Pennine Way. to pass by the Roman Fort of Epiacum before journeying on to Alston, the highest market town in England. We then cross the river to return via woodland and fields towards the Old School House before descending to the banks of the South Tyne and on towards Williamston. Here we cross the river again and head towards Slaggyford, returning over the hill to our original starting point.


Meet: Lintley Halt Station, GR NY686510, at 10:00 am

Distance: 11.5 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent/Descent: 1500 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Cost: £7

Leader: Neil Park

 


Walk 12:  Slaley Tea Walk

The ever popular tea walk in this Festival is hosted by members of Slaley Women’s Institute. The walk begins in the village, taking a steady descent across farmland to the Dipton Burn. One short, but fairly steep ascent, takes us into Dipton Woods. Then we follow forest tracks through the woods, past cleared plantations with open views to the north and back to fields and lanes for the return to Slaley and the usual wonderful W.I. tea.


Meet: Slaley Commemoration Hall, at the Townfoot end of Slaley, NE47 0BH,

GR NY979578,  at 10:30am

Distance: 6.5 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/descent: tbc

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £12

Leader: John Johnson


Thursday 2nd May 2019


Walk 13: Eals Fell and Whitfield Lough

It has been a few years since we visited this scenic, but lesser known part of the North Pennines, during the Festival. We start off on the South Tyne Trail, and climb to Asholme, on the track to Towsbank and into the wood to reach Eals. From here we enter the Knarsdale estate to climb up to Eals Fell, initially on a shooters’ track. Once on the grouse moor, we descend to cross Snope Burn, before climbing up High Bradshaw Hill. Changing direction, we skirt Whitfield Lough to walk along Millstone Band with extensive views across the Pennine hills. We continue across open access land first to Great Black Pike and then Little Black Pike. From here we follow a recommended route down to Mount Pleasant and return to Coanwood.


Meet: Coanwood Car Park on the South Tyne Trail, GR NY679595, at 10:00 am

Distance: 11.5 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent/descent 1655 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Ann Potter


Walk 14: Above and along the Rede Valley

This walk gives us the chance to see, at close quarters, the River Rede, one of the largest tributaries of the North Tyne. It is an area we have seldom visited in past festivals, and we will see evidence of the reiving, farming and industrial heritage. We start in the village of West Woodburn, heading west above the Rede flood plain towards Low Leam Bastle. We continue across farmland towards Redesmouth , crossing the river at the Redesbridge Plantation. We turn back along the south side of the Rede, follow a disused railway line for some of the way, and pass the sites of disused quarries, an aqueduct and a Roman Fort.


Meet: The Bay Horse car park, West Woodburn, GR NY892868, NE48 2RX, at 10:00 am

Distance: 8 miles

Grade: Moderate Plus  Ascent/descent: 1164 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Rob Pegg


Walk 15: Singing Walk with Ian Brown

The Festival Singing Walks are always very popular. This time we have a new singing leader, Ian Brown. Ian is a local musician, very well known on the local folk circuit, both as a solo performer, master of ceremonies at concerts and as an enthusiastic teacher of the ukulele! The walk starts in Haltwhistle Market Place and we make our way along the path by Haltwhistle Burn. It will be good to return to this pretty route, last used for this walk a few years ago. We walk to Cawfields Quarry and return to Haltwhistle via Lees Hall Farm. There will be several stops along the way to learn songs. Back in Haltwhistle, we have a full tea in Holy Cross Church. The acoustics in the church are excellent and we will sing all the songs we have learned.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY837558, at 11:00 am

Distance: 4 miles

Grade: Easy/moderate  Ascent/descent: 437 feet

Fee: £12

Leader: Marj Baillie

Date

No

Walk Title

Grade

Length in miles

Cost

Sat

27th

Apr

1

Gorge, Quarries and Crags

A Haltwhistle Circular

Moderate plus

11.5

£7

2

Old Railways' Experience

Hallbankgate to Featherstone

Fully booked

Moderate

8

£13

3

Social Evening

(not to be missed!)

Comrades Club at 6.30pm

Includes buffet (hog roast) and entertainment

£12

Sun

28th Apr

4

Burntridge Moor and Rowley Head

Strenuous

12.5

£7

5

Birdoswald to Haltwhistle

Moderate

8

£10

Mon

29th Apr

6

Elsdon Circular Fully booked

Strenuous

12.5

£7

7

Windshields and Ramshaw

Moderate plus

7.5

£7

8

The Bastle Trail, Tarset

Fully booked

Moderate

5.5

£10

Tues

30th April

9

Hexhamshire from Hexham

Strenuous

12

£7

10

Charlton and Greenhaugh

Moderate

7.5

£7

Wed

1st May

11

Romans, Railways and the South Tyne Valley

Strenuous

11.5

£7

12

Slaley Tea Walk

Fully Booked

Moderate

6.5

£12

Thur

2nd May

13

Eals Fell and Whitfield Lough Fully booked

Strenuous

11.5

£7

14

Above and along the Rede Valley

Moderate plus

8

£7

15

Singing Walk with Ian Brown

Moderate

4

£12


Fri

3rd May

16

Eden to Tyne Day 1

Milburn to Hartside Fully booked

Strenuous

11

£15

17

Lanercost Circular

Moderate

7.5

£7

18

Bird Walk with Nick Leeming

Fully booked

Moderate

5 - 6

£7

Sat 4th May

19

Eden to Tyne Day 2

Hartside to Newbiggin

Second group now booking


Strenuous

10.5

£13

20

Dunblar Rigg and Spadeadam

Moderate

7.5

£7

21

Archaeology Walk with Phil Bowyer

North of the Wall Fully booked

Moderate plus

6

£10

Sun 5th May

22

Eden to Tyne Day 3

Newbiggin to Tindale

Fully booked

Strenuous

13

£13

22

(a)

The Lands North of Brocolitia

Strenuous

11.5

£7

23

Throstle Hall and North Woods

A walk from Haltwhistle

Moderate

8

£7

Mon

6th May

24

Eden to Tyne Day 4

Tindale to Haltwhistle

Fully booked

Strenuous

13

£10

25

Three Fells from Blanchland

Moderate plus

7.5

£7


NB  The descriptions given are correct at the time of publication.  It is sometimes necessary to make changes to routes due to local conditions nearer to the festival. Distances are correct within 10% either way.  

Directions to the starts of walks will be issued by email approximately 2 weeks before the Festival.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on haltywalkfest@btinternet.com or by telephone on 07565967852




Sunday 5th May 2019


Walk 22: Eden to Tyne - Day 3, Newbiggin to Tindale

From the village, we climb up on to the fell top, among traces of the old mines and lime kilns that operated in this area, to reach the view point of Cardunneth Pike, looking down on the Solway in the distance. We continue along the ridge to Hespeck Pike and Hespeck Raise, for airy views of Geltsdale and beyond to Talkin Fell. Our path descends, passing Castle Carrock on our left, to cross the river Gelt, a Celtic word for magic. We begin a steady ascent of a long incline with industrial origins and with fine views up the valley, to the Kings Forest of Geltsdale below Tarnmonath Fell. The path eventually leads down to the scenic RSPB reserve near Tindale Tarn, attracting a rich variety of breeding birds in Spring including waders and black grouse, which is our finishing point for the day, and where we meet the coach to take us back to Haltwhistle.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 08:50am. Coach leaves for Newbiggin at 09:00am

Distance: 13 miles

Grade: Strenuous   Ascent: 2110  feet  Descent: 1982 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £13

Leader: Neil Park


Walk 22 a The Lands North of Brocolitia

This is an extra walk because of the heavy demand for places over this weekend.

The wild lands for the north of Hadrian’s Wall are very popular with the Haltwhistle Wednesday Walkers. The first three miles of this route are relatively gentle, heading west along the Hadrian’s Wall Trail to Sewingshields Farm. We turn north and follow a track towards Stell Green, where a few ewes may be giving birth. Lambing will be largely complete, so we expect to see lot of lambs as we cross the farmland. You will hear about Folly Lake and Halley Pike Lough as you pass by them. The route loops around via Goatstones Farm and returns to Brocolitia.


Meet: Brocolitia car park, GR at 10:00am (Car parking fee applies)

Distance: 11.5 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent/Descent tbc

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee £7

Leader: Alistair Lishman


Walk 23: Haltwhistle, Throstle Hall and North Wood

This is a relatively gentle walk involving only one short ascent. We follow the South Tyne westwards through North Woods and on to the eccentric Featherstone Bridge, turning uphill to join the line of the disused South Tyne railway which provided a safe overnight location for the royal train during a visit to Tyneside in World War Two. Diverting briefly from the trail to reach Throstle Hall, (a grand name for a small farm), we re-join the route and cross the river via the impressive Alston Arches back to Haltwhistle.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 10.00 am

Distance: 8 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent/descent: 583 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: John Johnson


Monday 6th May 2019


Walk 24: Eden to Tyne - Day 4, Tindale to Haltwhistle

Leaving the small hamlet of Tindale we pick up an old railway route, The Brampton (Lord Carlisle’s) Railway which was used to transport minerals mined in this area. Heading east, we cross the county boundary from Cumbria back into Northumberland, crossing the A698 before turning north west to Folly Rigg. We head towards the South Tyne valley where we join the Pennine way on its route to Lambley. We pass old colliery workings, and then cross the South Tyne taking in the spectacular Lambley Viaduct, a magnificent structure b7.5,uilt to carry the Alston – Haltwhistle railway over its nine arches. Here, we join the South Tyne Trail, which we leave at Park Village to pass Linnshields waterfall, and then cross Broomhouse Common and back to Haltwhistle

Distance: 13 miles


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 08:50am. Coach leaves for Tindale at 09:00am

Distance: 13 miles

Grade: Strenuous  Ascent: 1002 feet  Descent: 1290 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £10

Leader: Alistair Lishman


Walk 25: Three Fells from Blanchland

We start in the medieval village of Blanchland and walk along the old drovers’ routes across Newbiggin, Birkside and Pennypie Fells, taking in stunning views of the River Derwent as it wanders through the North Pennine hills down to the Derwent Reservoir. The fells are now quiet moors of grouse and curlews, but were once crossed by tracks used by trains of mules carrying lead ore from the mines to the smelters. We end our walk in Blanchland village. One of the oldest and most prominent buildings is the Lord Crewe Arms, which is said to be haunted .


Meet: Blanchland Car Park, GR NY964505, at 10:00am

Distance: 7.5 miles

Grade: Moderate Plus  Ascent/Descent: 950 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Kevin Jones

Booking Arrangements


All walks are booked via our booking agents, Bradsons.

Click here to link to the booking site. Please book online if at all possible. It is quick and easy.


For ‘phone bookings (card or cheque) use 01749 813899. Lines may be busy, so be please be patient.

You will receive your receipt by email. Full joining instructions are sent out by email (or post) before the Festival.


If you have any queries, contact us on haltywalkfest@btinternet.com or on 07565 967852


If a walk is fully booked, we will take names on a waiting list. People often have to drop out nearer to the festival.



General Information about walks


The full details of all the walks and events are given below.   We are keen to help you to choose the right walks for you, so please contact us with any questions.  Our walks’ grades are described in detail on the Things you need to know page. Please read the page before you book.


The Special Interest Walks have been highlighted in green.  Expect to have more frequent and longer stops than on the other walks, so bring extra layers of clothing. It is harder to warm up than to cool down!


You will hear about the area and any points of interest on the other walks too.  


Details of ascents and descents are included in the walk details below.


We try to provide accurate descriptions of our walks.  Please remember that a spell of very wet weather before the festival will result in waterlogged land and extra bogginess.  

We reserve the right to alter routes or even cancel a walk if the weather is atrocious. We have only once cancelled a walk, and have occasionally had to use an easier or shorter route for safety reasons.


Scroll down this page for walk details.


When you book, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions as described on the Things you need to Know page.





Saturday 27th April 2019

Walk 1: Gorge, Quarries and Crags: a Haltwhistle Circular

Starting in our home town, we follow the beautiful Haltwhistle Burn to Cawfields Quarry. A tranquil footpath takes us through a dramatic gorge, where once there was a busy rail route serving the quarrying and coal industries. From the lake in the disused quarry, we continue northwards, below high crags topped by Hadrian's Wall, and on to the edge of open moorland. We turn back to the Wall which we follow for a short while, then begin the descent back to the South Tyne valley. The route crosses General Wade's military road, built to counter the Jacobean threat, and then along south facing fells with stunning views over the Pennines back to Haltwhistle.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 10:00 am

Distance: 11.5 miles

Grade: Moderate Plus  Ascent/Descent: 1241 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: Chris Marples

Walk 2: Old Railways Experience: Hallbankgate to Featherstone

All along this very pleasant walk, we have the opportunity to explore some of the railway heritage of this stunning area. We take the coach from Haltwhistle to our starting point close to the village of Hallbankgate. There the footpath leads to the south of Tindale Tarn. We pass by several disused quarries as well as other industrial archaeological remains, before we meet the old Brampton Railway line just to the south of Tindale. We follow the disused line on to Midgeholme and Halton-Lea-Gate, the original end point of this line prior to its extension to Lambley. Arriving at Lambley Viaduct, we pause to enjoy the splendid setting of this magnificent structure before we proceed along the South Tyne Trail to Featherstone, where our coach will be waiting to return us to Haltwhistle.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 09:20 am - Coach leaves for Hallbankgate at 09:30 am  

Distance: 8 miles

Grade: Moderate

Ascent 517 feet, Descent 669 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £13

Leader: Peter Goff

Walk 3: Social Evening

We are ringing the changes and the Social Evening is at the beginning of this festival. It will be a night of good company, entertainment and good food. You will have the chance to meet other walkers and many of the volunteers. By happy coincidence this is also the birthday of our longest standing committee member, Maureen Hart, who will be retiring from the committee after this festival.


Location: Comrades Club, Haltwhistle

Start Time: 18.30 pm

Buffet included - hog roast, salads, puddings. (There will be a vegetarian option. Please tell us if you are vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements.)

Fee: £12



Sunday 28th April 2019

Walk 4: Burntridge Moor and Rowley Head

From Allendale, we follow the East Allen river towards Catton before climbing uphill past Housty Farm. We join Leadside Bank then leave the road to cross Burntridge Moor. The moor forms part of Hexhamshire Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, where there are breeding populations of golden plover, curlew, lapwing and red grouse. Our route takes us downhill to Whapweasel Burn, before heading for Rowley Burn at Crabtree Ford. Continuing past Rowley Head and Stotsfold Farm, the path joins a minor road at Kingslaw Plantation. Then we return across the moor, skirting Crawberry Hill, to reach High Struthers farm where we descend back into Allendale.


Meet: Allendale Market Place, GR NY837558, at 10:00 am

Distance: 12.5 miles

Grade: Strenuous

Ascent/Descent: 1357 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £7

Leader: John Robinson


Walk 5: Birdoswald to Haltwhistle

The Romans will be on everybody’s mind during this walk. We begin at Birdoswald, one of the earliest Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall. It was built astride the original turf wall, on the site of one of the early stone turrets. Builders have made various modifications over the years. The route takes us along Hadrian’s Wall, as we move eastwards towards our goal, Haltwhistle. There are usually lovely views to the south before we arrive in the village of Gilsland. We stay on the trail, keeping north of Greenhead, no doubt counting the turrets as we go. At Walltown, we head south for the final section to Haltwhistle.


Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY707640, at 09:20 am.

Coach leaves for Birdoswald at 09:30 am

Distance: 8 miles

Grade: Moderate  Ascent: 847 feet  Descent 942 feet

Bring: Packed lunch

Fee: £10

Leader: Jennifer Goff