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.
During August 2020, local celebrity ROBSON GREEN made a documentary about his journey along Hadrian's Wall. Towards the end of his trek, he happened to come across four members of the Walking Festival Committee! Of course, nothing like that happens by sheer co-incidence, and the chance meeting took weeks to arrange! We spent a, well, informative day walking between Port Carlisle and Bowness on Solway, in the company of Robson and his film crew. We were providing local interest and expertise, and in return,
Corona Virus and the Festival: November 2020.
Having cancelled the Spring 2020 Festival owing to the first Lockdown, the Committee has been considering how it might run a Festival in 2021. We are now in the second Lockdown, and unable to meet in large groups to walk - it is impossible to know whether we will be able to do so again in 2021. We have usually begun our preparations for Spring by now, but current restrictions have made that impossible. We are therefore going to hold a "virtual festival" between 24th April - 3rd May 2021, with the aim of encouraging you all to enjoy the wonderful walks available in and around Haltwhistle, in whatever size and type of group is possibe at that time. We also hope to include our walkers from other parts of the country, by asking for their photos of their own vicinity.
We will be setting challenges, including treasure hunts, themed walks and photograph competitions. Watch this space, and indeed our Facebook page, for details of how to joing in. Most importantly, put the dates 24th April - 3rd May 2021 in you diaries!
April 17th How maddening that the weather since lockdown has been so perfect for walking! Sun, warmth, and all those dry footpaths, our preparations for the Spring Festival would have been a joy.
We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe, and we are looking forward even more to the 2021 Festival.