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Walks October 2022 to March 2023

 

Sunday 16th October   Pilgrim’s Way and Holy Island   6.5 miles

Due to tide times, this walk MUST start promptly. Do not attempt this walk on your own or try to catch up if you are late. Similarly, this walk cannot be shortened. Walking from mainland over the causeway to Holy Island and back. Walking through water at low tide following the ‘poles’ which mark the Pilgrim’s Path. Walk can be extremely slippery and muddy, walkers must stick to the marked way, close to the leader. Please bring walking poles if you think you might need them. Some walkers choose to walk the route barefoot, others will want to wear light footwear. Heavy boots or wellies are not suitable for this walk.  There can be quicksand in places if one leaves the designated route. This is a wonderful experience, lots of birds, hearing the seals singing and sense of achievement at the finish!

Meet: Barn at Beal car park. Postcode TD152PB

GR: NU 06655 42798

Time: 10.15am

Leader: Kate                                      No Dogs

 

Sunday 30th October      Ebchester and Chopwell    6 - 7 miles

The walk crosses one side of the valley to the other  and  back. Undulating on farmland, woods and a railway line. Terrain is mixed...Good tracks & rough ground, gradual ups & downs with a couple of short steep sections. Easy finish along the railway line.

Meet:  Ebchester Station Car Park.  From A1 leave at J73, follow A694 for Consett (appx 8.5m).  At Ebchester turn left at staggered jcn and head up hill for 0.4m.  Car park is signposted on left.   If you reach Derwent Pub you have gone too far.

GR: Exp 307 NZ107548

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Karen                 Dogs on Leads

 

Sunday 13th November   Wark/Sheilahaugh/Latterford    5.5m

Mostly undulating farmland with good views, quiet country lanes and a short riverside stretch where we may seem some nice birds.

Meet:  From Chollerford roundabout take the B6320 towards Bellingham.  In centre of Wark park by the Village Green, just past the Post Office. Public toilets available.  

GR:  NY862771   PC: NE48 3LG

Time:  10.30am

Leader: Pam                                Dogs on Leads

 

Sunday 27th November    Newcastle’s Green Spaces    7 miles

An urban walk through the parks and green spaces around Newcastle including: Leazes Park; Town Moor; Jesmond Dene; Ouseburn and The Quayside. This is not a city tour so boots recommended.  Options, at your own responsibility, to take public transport back to town for those wanting a shorter walk. Toilets at start and in Jesmond Dene.

Meet:  Outside Centre for Life (museum), Times Square,  NE1 4EP but please note the walk ends on the Quayside by The Millennium Bridge.

Post Code:     NE1 4EP

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Bev                                         No Dogs

 

Sunday 11th  December   Newton and Beadnell Circular    7.5m

Beach and dune circular walk, can be shortened.Meet: Free car park near to the Joiners Arms in High Newton. Passing Newton Hall the car park is just before the left hand bend into the village.

GR:    NU 234 249    Postcode for the pub is NE66 3EA

Time: 10.30

Leader: Shirley             Dogs welcome

 

 

Sunday 18th December    Cuthberts Cave Solstice Walk    7 miles

A varied walk through woodland, open pasture and moorland with good views on a clear day, no steep hills. A visit to the cave where St Cuthbert used as a retreat to escape from his monks.

Meet:  Park at small National Trust car park at Holburn Grange on the left after the row of cottages, this is signposted off the Chatton to Holburn road; take the B6349 west from Belford and turn left towards Holburn after 3.5 miles.

GR:    NU 051 351

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Sharon 

Dogs on leads when required.

 

Sunday 8th January.  Lanchester – Rambling Romans & Railway Lines           Approx. 8 miles

Moderately difficult some steady inclines, but no major hills. Could be muddy in parts. Mixed terrain with good views, river banks, old railway lines and a bit of history.

Meet:  Malton Picnic area car park, near Lanchester. From Durham city head for Lanchester on A691, turn left to Malton Picnic area.

GR:     GR: NZ 177464‚Äč    Post Code: DH7 0TH

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Allison                         Dogs on leads when required

 

Sunday 22nd January    Gunnerton/Chipchase circular   4¾m

Easy walking over farmland, old railway line, quiet country lanes, passing by Chipchase Castle and along the banks of the North Tyne.

Meet:  From A69 just past Hexham heading West, turn right and drive through Acomb and Wall  to Brunton Crossroads, going straight over on the A6079 to Chollerton. Keep left  left and on through Barrasford. Take a right turn signposted to Gunnerton.    In Gunnerton park on the roadside near SouthlandsFarm Cottages.

GR:  NY907 751  Post Code:  NE48 4EA

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Pam            Dogs on Leads

                                                                                                                        Sunday 12th February      Alnham (Cheviots)       5 miles

Fairly sharp uphill to start then more undulating. Good views over the Vale of Whittingham to Simonside. Good paths, initial section may be boggy/muddy after rain.

Meet:  Park on the grass verge close to the wall near Alnham Church. Turn off A697 at Whittingham, follow road through the village towards Alnham Village. Church us up a lane on the right of the village.

GR:     NT 991 109  Post Code:  NE66 4TL

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Shirley     Dogs Welcome

 

Sunday 26th February     Seaton Sluice-Holywell Dene- St Mary’s circular

6/6.5 miles

Riverside path and through dene likely to be muddy. Several short but rough sections of steps along this section, might be slippery and with a bit of ups and downs. Field edge (will be muddy) then waggonway and tarmac path – these are good, level paths. There are two roads to cross with caution. If the tide is out we can go over the causeway to St Mary’s Island and might see grey seals. Return to Seaton Sluice along the coastal path.

Meet:  Seaton Sluice, opposite The Waterford Arms, Collywell Bay Road, NE26 4QZ, just off the A193. Roadside parking and public toilets.

GR: 337767 (OS 316)

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Sue                   Dogs on Leads

 

Sunday 5th March   Cresswell to Druridge Country Park    9m

Starting from Cresswell car park, the walk will follow the beach most of the way to Druridge but may climb up onto the dune path in places. Mostly flat, level beach walk. Some walking on dune paths which may be uneven and undulating in places. Occasional short climbs up dune paths. Some stretches on tarmac. This is a slightly longer walk, please make sure you are confident that you can walk this distance. Sturdy footwear recommended.

Lovely coastal walk, lots of waders and sea birds and beautiful views.

Meet:  Cresswell Beach Car Park – opposite Drift Café. 

Toilets available at Cresswell village and toilets at Druridge Country Park. Café at Drift for a drink and cake after the walk.

GR:     NZ 28926 93931  Nearest Post code is NE615JY

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Libby           Dogs on Leads when required

 

Sunday 19th March       Newton by the Sea (Circular)       6 miles

Easy, low level coastal walk through fields, pasture, dunes and beach.  Can be wet underfoot in places.

Public toilets in Low Newton by the Sea (no parking in village)

Meet:  In new car park (free) at High Newton by the sea.  This is on the right ½ mile from the B1339/B1340 junction on the coast road heading towards Newton and just after Newton Hall Caravan Park.

GR:     NU 233249 Exp 340   Post Code:  NE66 3EA

Time: 10.30am

Leader: Rachel                                 Dogs on Leads

 

 

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