Barney’s Long Walk
if you are contemplating a long distance walk in the UK, you cannot do much more than walk end to end - from Lands End to John o’ Groats. One of our regular walkers, Jos, together with her husband and trusty dog Barney, did just that in 2015, and they have written - and beautifully illustrated - a book about their experiences. Barney’s Long Walk tells the story of the 1330 mile trek, and includes many of Jos’s paintings and sketches, as well as photographs. This book really gives a flavour of what is actually involved in such an adventure, down to the detail of what to pack (and more helpfully, what not to pack....)
More about the book, including details of how to obtain a copy, can be found here Barney’s Long Walk
Corona virus and the resulting restrictions placed on our travel and activities has made us all turn to our own doorsteps for adventure. There are plenty of adventures to be had in the UK, and in Northumberland in partiuclar! A number of long distance trails pass through our county, all are different and each goes through a varied slice of our fabulous landscape. The Hadrian's Wall Path, the St Oswald's Way, the St Cuthbert's Way - all are wholly, or largely, in Northumberland. But the UK's first, and probably best known, long distance path also comes through our region - the Pennine Way comes accross the North Pennines, more or less following the South Tyne from its source near Garrigill in Cumbria towards its confluence with the North Tyne, the route joining with the Hadrian's Wall Path from the A69 until, near Housesteads, it veers off northwards to Bellingham and the Cheviots.
Read one person's experiences here, The Pennine Way
Walking in the Haltwhistle Area
Northumberland is a land of contrast shaped not only by nature, but by its history. Its past has included times of lawlessness and violence but also periods of refinement and religion. This region ranges from picturesque river valleys to wild, windswept moors; from woodland to open pasture. Haltwhistle is considered to be the gateway to Northumberland National Park (Northumberland National Park) and Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site (National Trust) (English Heritage) . The Haltwhistle Rings (Haltwhistle Rings) were originally written so that others could experience the pleasure of walking in this unique area. We want you to fully enjoy your walks so here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Many of you will know Maureen Hart, a stalwart of the Haltwhistle Walking Festival since 2004. Maureen has written a book entitled “More than just a walk – The Story of the Haltwhistle Walking Festival from 2003 to 2020”, which has just been published by Robson Print in Hexham. The book contains an account of the origins of the Festival, and includes memories, anecdotes and pictures from the seventeen years of her involvement, and unstinting service. Others have contributed their tales of the funniest, scariest and wettest walks, and anyone with an interest in the Festival, walking, or the local countryside will find the book entertaining.