WALKS APRIL-SEPTEMBER 2020
19th April Thropton – Rothbury 5 ½ m
Hillwalk – foot & bridle paths, forestry tracks , fields & moors. Uphill stretches & boggy in places, exposed on tops. Great views.
Option for Sunday lunch after at the Three Wheatheads
Meet outside the Three Wheatheads Inn, Front St, Thropton. Please park considerately on the main street.
GR EXP 332 NU 025023 Time 10.15
Leader : Rachel Sorry no dogs
26th April Meet Four Burns 7m
Cheviots – undulating but not too difficult
Meet:Parking place near Carey Burn Bridge. From Wooler exit town by Cheviot Street signed Earl and Middleton Hall, then take right turn for Langleeford. Park on wide grass verge just before bridge.
GR: NT 976 250 Time 11.00am
Leader Shirley Dogs welcome
10th May Netherwhitton/Broomfield Fell 7m
Farm tracks, fields, woodland, moors, good views. Max height attained 500 feet.
Meet: Lay by in Netherwitton hamlet (in front of houses)
GR: NZ098 902
PC: NE61 4NY Time: 10.30
Leader: Linda Dogs on leads welcome
24th May Beamish and Tanfield 6 ½ - 7 miles
Woods, fields, mostly good tracks, risk of some mud. Undulating.
Meet at: Eden Place picnic area. Follow signs for Beamish museum. Car park just off A693, 100 yds south of the museum entrance.
Grid ref: Ex 308 220 537 Time: 10.30
Leader: Karen Dogs on leads welcome
7th June Newton by the Sea 5 ½ m
Low level walk through fields and pasture, dunes and beach. Opportunity to walk on to Dunstanburgh Castle. The sun will shine! Bring food for picnic on the beach
Meet: New car park just east of Newton Hall caravan site and West of High Newton by the Sea. ½ m along Newton by the Sea road from the B1339/B1340 turnoff.
GR: NU233 249 EXP 340 Time 10.30
Leader: Lisa Dogs on leads welcome
21st June Cheswick Solstice Walk and BBQ 5 - 6 m
Beach and dune paths. Bring disposable BBQ and food to cook/share. If weather bad we can decamp to a pub or the Barn at Beal for food.
Meet: Small parking area near Cheswick Beach, take Goswick Cheswick turn from A1, after sharp left hand turn bend take next right turn signed Goswick. Pass house on left then when road turns sharp right turn left down single track road and follow it for about a mile past cottages over railway bridge to oarking area.
GR: NU039 469 Time: 11.00am
Leader: Shirley Dogs welcome
28th June Greenlee Lough, Hadrian's Wall 7 ½ m
Circular walk along scenic section of Hadrian’s Wall. Wild flowers, wild women! Boots needed.
Meet: Go past Steel Rigg Car Park (see grid reference) for quarter of a mile, take road on right to Gibbs Farm. Small enclosed gated car park on left hand side
GR:NY748 690 Time: 10.30am
Leader: Kate Dogs on leads welcome
12th July Wildflower & butterfly walk on the Spetchells, Prudhoe 4 m
The Spetchells is the only area of chalk in Northumberland and is home to rare chalkland plants, numerous species of butterfly and to solitary mining bees. We will be walking slowly and stopping frequently to look at the plants and wildlife. Bring your flower book and butterfly book if you can. There will be a couple of short, steep ascents and descents. We'll continue to Hagg Bnk and return via the river path.
Meet: Tyne Riverside Country Park, Station Rd. Low Prudhoe just South of the river between Ovingham Bridge and the level crossing. . Easily accessible by train and bus.
GR: NZ 085 636 Ex 316, PC: NE42 6NP Time 10:30
Leader : Pam Sorry - No Dogs
19th July Warkworth/Alnmouth beach circular 8 m
Beach & dune path walk. One short section of rocks to climb over (avoidable by going up onto dune path). Mostly level walking, some undulating on the dunes. Walk is split into two loops – one of 5 miles and one of 3 miles. It is optional to do only one of the loops if any woman wants to do a shorter circuit
Meet: Warkworth beach car park – Toilets here. PC: NE65 0SW
GR:NU 2585 0641 Time 10.30
Leader: Libby Dogs on leads welcome
9th August Extra walk - Pilgrims' Way, Holy Island 5 m
A wonderful walk following the Pilgrim’s Way across the causeway to Holy Island and back, with lunch at the Beal café afterwards. Barefoot optional! (Or boots or wellies). Due to tide times, please ensure you are ready to leave Barn at the Beal café car park at 10am prompt. Dress appropriately for the weather. It is very important that women follow the leaders using the pole markers – there are pockets of quicksand if you stray from the trail. Some parts can be very slippery – take poles if needed. Dogs are allowed, but MUST be kept on a lead at all times. This walk is in addition to the usual Dyke Hike spring/summer programme and is a fundraiser for Wearside Women in Need
Meet: Barn at Beal Café Car park
Time 9.45 for prompt 10.00 am start
PC TD15 2PB GR: NU066 427
Leaders: Kate and Libby
Dogs welcome at owner's discretion.They MUST be on leads the whole time
23rd August Blanchland Moor 8 ¼ m
A North Pennine walk over heather, moorland tracks and bridleways, skirting Slaley Forest. We should be able to get some good views if a nice day. Remains of a lead mining past visible in the area.
Choice of the White Monk Tea Room or the Lord Crewe afterwards.
Meet: Main Car Park in Blanchland (signposted)
GR: NY965503 Time 10.30 am
Leader: Jackie Dogs on leads welcome
6th September Featherstone Castle 8 ½ m
River banks , farmland and old POW camp
Meet: Turn off A69 about ½ m beyond Haltwhistle, if coming from the East, near railway viaduct. Park 800 yards down old road
GR: NY695 635 Time 10.45
Leader: Bev Dogs on leads welcome
20th September Spylaw and Simonside 8 m
Hill walk – open moorland tracks and paths, can be boggy in places. Steep stepped climb up onto Simonside t=ridge – rocky in parts. Exposed on tops. Grand views.
Meet: Lordenshaws car park (free). From Forestburn Gate go 2 miles north on B6324. Take minor road to left on a sharp right hand bend. Car park is 1½ m on right after steep uphill.
GR: NZ 053 978 OL42 Time: 10.30
Leader :Liz Dogs on leads welcome
27th September Sunderland Bridge (Durham), Houghall & Croxdale Hall 6 ½ m
Leisurely and scenic walk around the River Wear including access to a Woodland Trust site, Houghall woods and Croxdale Estate.
Meet: From the A167 about 2.5 miles South of Durham City, just after “The Honest Lawyer” pub, turn right onto B6300, and after 200 meters turn left into narrow road for parking.
GR: NZ 265 377 nearest post code DH6 5JL Time: 10.30
Leader: Allison Dogs welcome