Thursday, August 30, 2018

Linhope Spout Walk

This peaceful walk through the serene hamlet of Linhope and alongside woodland to the dramatic Linhope Spout and back is about 3 miles and will take about 1hr 30 minutes. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop at the waterfall and picnic, or swim if you wish. The first half of this walk is along a small road and the second half is over grass and stones. There is a small climb down some rocks when you reach the waterfall, but it is worth the effort. 

From Wooler head south on the A697 toward Morpeth and Alnwick. Continue on this road for about 8 miles passing a timber yard on the left. Not long after the timber yard turn right towards Ingram and the Breamish Valley. Carry on this road for about 3 miles before crossing a bridge over the river.( If you wish to stop at the cafe in Ingram village pass the car park on the left and take the left turn to the cafe and church). Passing the car park on the left continue along this road, past some houses and over a cattle grid. 




Soon you will pass a car park and toilets on your right and the hill of Brough Law on the left. Carry on along this road beside the River Breamish before crossing a bridge and eventually arriving at Hartside. Vehicles are not allowed any further but you are able to park on the grass and walk the rest of the way.


Brough Law
Near Hartside

1. Park on the grass verge on the left and proceed down the road towards the tranquil hamlet of Linhope. 

Approaching Linhope

2. Carry on through Linhope passing over the River Breamish, taking a left turn at the signpost  and then right to walk up the side of a field to a gate.

River Breamish

Linhope

3. Proceed through the gate and follow the stony path up the hill keeping the wood to your right. When you reach the top take the left hand path across the top of the hill which drops down towards some trees. Here you will see the waterfall below.




4. Clamber down the stones to the waterfall where there are plenty of spots to sit by the pool or river and admire this amazing sight. There are lots of places to sit and relax and enjoy a picnic.

Linhope Spout






5. Retrace your steps back to Hartside. For a longer walk park at Ingram or near Brough Law. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Linhope Spout

Linhope Spout

The Linhope Spout is situated in the Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park. This beautiful and dramatic waterfall is about 1.5 miles from a roadside parking area at Hartside in the Breamish Valley. The walk will take about 45 minutes via the tranquil hamlet of Linhope. The pool at the base of the waterfall is easily accessible after climbing down some rocks and is a wonderful place to sit and relax or picnic. The waterfall can be walked to either as part of a longer walk or on its own (Linhope Spout Walk).








  


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Allanton and Kelloe Cycle

This cycle is 18.4 miles and will take about 1hr 30 minutes. it will take you from Paxton to the village of Allanton, across the Kelloe Bridge and back via the village of Whitsome.

1. Starting from the Cross inn head out of the village passing the church on your right and the village hall your left. Continue uphill and follow the road as it bears to the left at the top.


The Cross Inn

Paxton Church

2. Continue along this road for about 2 miles passing Clarabad Farm and the turning to Foulden on your right before reaching the village of Hutton. Take the first right at Hutton following the road through the village. 

Hutton

3. Continue along this road, passing a cemetery on the left until you reach Hutton Mains and some cottages on your right. Continue past the mains, down the hill and past the egg farm on the right (do not take the right turn at the bottom of the hill). Go up a steep hill and just over the brow take a right turn towards Broomdykes. 



4. Along this road you will pass some brightly coloured cottages on your left. Cycle through the mains and past some houses on the right carrying on along this road until the junction. Turn right and proceed down the hill and through the village of Allanton. At the bottom of the hill turn left just before the bridge and proceed over the Blackadder Water and up the hill.


Allanton 


5. Follow the road for about two miles before reaching a junction with the A6105. Turn left and then take the next left turn towards Kelloe. Continue along this road, passing over Kelloe Bridge before arriving at the junction with the B6460.

Kelloe Bridge

6. Turn left and then take the next right towards Ravelaw B&B. Carry on past the guest house and after passing some houses on the right and up a small hill you will arrive at a T junction with the B6437. Follow the road up the hill and through the village of Whitsome before turning right at "Smiths Skip Hire".



Whitsome


7. Follow the road up a small hill and take the first turning on the left. You will see a Hilton sign on the right as you turn. This is a long road and will take you up a hill and past Hilton Mains on your right and some cottages on the left. Continue along this road for another mile before the road bends to the left (Winfield Farm on the right). This road continues for quite a while until after passing through a tunnel of trees you will arrive at the junction with the main road. 



8. Turn left at the junction and join the B6461 to return to Paxton. Turn left opposite Paxton House and then turn right into Paxton. At the end of the road turn right to arrive back at the Cross Inn.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

River Tweed and Norham Castle Cycle


This cycle is 14 miles and will take about 1hr 25 minutes. It will take you from Paxton to the village of Norham and the magnificent Norham Castle via the River Tweed and back to Paxton via Ladykirk.

1. From Paxton village turn right onto the B6461 towards Kelso, passing Paxton House. Continue along this road for a while before turning left towards the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, signposted to Horncliffe and Tweedhill. After a while the road descends a hill towards the River Tweed. 

2. Cycle across the Union Chain Bridge into Northumberland. Turn right at the end to ascend the hill past the honey farm. Stop at the top to admire the wonderful view of the River tweed and the bridge.








River Tweed and Union Chain Bridge

3. Continue along this road, passing a large house on the right before turning right at the junction towards Horncliffe and Norham. At the end of this road turn right (white houses on your left towards Norham.As you approach Norham the remains of the one magnificent castle will appear on the right. It is well worth stopping here and taking a look.


Norham Castle

4. From the castle continue down the hill and proceed through the village. Turn right at the junction and leave Norham behind as you head towards the Ladykirk and Norham Bridge, spanning the River Tweed. Cross the bridge and the border before immediately ascending a steep hill. At the top turn right towards Ladykirk.


Ladykirk Church

5. Continue through Ladykirk passing the very impressive church on the left before reaching the pretty hamlet of Horndean. Carry on until you reach the junction with the B6461. Turn right and proceed along this road until you reach Paxton House. Turn left and then the first right and back into Paxton.


Paxton

Monday, August 20, 2018

Ladykirk, Swinton and Whitsome Cycle


This cycle is 20.2 miles and will take about 1hr 40 minutes. The route takes you through the villages of Ladykirk, Swinton and Whitsome before returning to Paxton via Hilton and the B6461.

1. Leave Paxton on the B6461 in the direction of Kelso. Proceed along this road leaving Paxton House behind you on the left.



Paxton House



Eventually you will pass Winfield Farm on the right. Just past the farm turn left towards Horndean and Ladykirk.  Continue on this road through the picturesque hamlet of Horndean and up the hill towards Laykirk.



Horndean

2. On reaching the village of Laykirk you will pass the very impressive church on your right.  Continue through the village and downhill before reaching the junction with the B6470 at the bottom.




Ladykirk Church

3. Turn right, towards Swinton and stay on this road until you reach the junction with the A6112. Turn right and continue into Swinton,  After passing the village school on your left turn right onto the B6461 towards Berwick-Upon-Tweed and then turn immediately left after Swinton Kirk.


Swinton Kirk

4. Proceed along this road and up the hill, turning left at the cottages at the top. Follow this road past an egg farm on the left and continue until you reach a T Junction. Turn right and carry on along this road, through the hamlet of South Laws, following the road as it bends to the left and up a hill. At the top of the hill you will see a farm immediately ahead. Follow the road past the farm as it bends to the right and carry until you reach another T Junction. Turn right and follow the road past Ravelaw B&B, some house on the right and up a small hill before reaching a junction with the B6437.

5. Turn left and proceed up the hill passing a church on your right and through the village of Whtsome. Once you have left the village take the first right turn towards "Smiths Skip Hire".








Whitsome Village

6. Follow the road up a small hill and take the first turning on the left. You will see a Hilton sign on the right just as you turn. This is a long road and will take you up a hill and past Hilton Mains on your right and some cottages on the left. Continue on this road for anther mile before the road bends to the left (Winfield Farm on the right). This road continues for quite a while until eventually after passing through a tunnel of trees the junction with the main road appears ahead.






7. Turn left at the junction and rejoin the B6461 to return back to Paxton. Turn left opposite Paxton House and then turn right into Paxton. At the end of the road turn right to arrive at the Cross Inn for some well earned refreshment.




Paxton Quadruple Cycle

This cycle is about 16.6 miles and will take about 1hr 15 minutes. The route will take you on a circular route starting and ending at Paxton, passing through Hutton, Broomdykes and Hilton, cycling the lanes connecting the two main roads four times.

1. Starting from the Cross Inn head out of the village passing the church on your right and the village hall on your left. Continue uphill and follow the road as it bears to the left at the top. 



The Cross Inn, Paxton

Paxton Church

2. Continue along this road for about 2 miles, passing Clarabad Farm and a turning to Foulden on your right before reaching the village of Hutton. Follow the road as it bends to the left and continue as it leaves the village and reaches a crossroads with a farm on the right.


Hutton

3. Go straight over at the crossroads and proceed along this country lane (first of the four roads) passing a farm and some houses before reaching a T junction. Turn right onto the main road and then almost immediately right again (second of the four roads). This road will take you past a farm on the left until you eventually arrive at another T junction. Turn left and follow the main road for a short while around some bends before taking the first turning on the right up a small hill.

4. Proceed down this country lane and take the first turning on the left, signposted to Broomdykes. Along this road you will pass some brightly coloured cottages on your left. Cycle through the mains and past some houses on the right, carrying on along this road until the junction. Turn left at the junction and proceed along this road before reaching a crossroads. At the junction go straight across towards Whitsome and Coldstream.





5. Travel along this road (third of the four roads) until you reach a left turn where you will see "Smiths Skip Hire". Turn left and follow the road past "Smiths Skips" and up a small hill before taking the first turning on the left. You will see a Hilton sign on the right as you turn. This is a long road and will take you up a hill and past Hilton Mains on your right. and some cottages on the left. Continue on this road for another mile before the road bends to the left (Winfield Farm on the right). This road will continue for quite a while. after passing through a tunnel of trees you will reach a junction with the main road.





6. Turn left at the junction and take the second turning on the left towards Hutton. Continue along this road (fourth of the four roads) and up a small hill before reaching a crossroads. Go straight over at the crossroads, passing a farm on your left and continue back into the village of Hutton.


Hutton

Do not turn off this road but continue back to Paxton, eventually travelling downhill and back into the village and arriving at the Cross Inn on your left.




Harthope Valley

Harthope Valley from the Carey Burn Bridge
The Harthope Valley is in the Cheviot Hills within the Northumberland National Park. For many is the starting point for a climb to the top of The Cheviot, the highest point in the hills. The Harthope is a picturesque valley approached via a steep hill and occupied by the Harthope Burn.

There are numerous walks along the valley floor and up into the hills. The beautiful Carey Burn Waterfall is reached from the Carey Burn Bridge following a footpath to the right. Other routes lead up and over the hills. The Cheviot is approached further in the valley after the road ends at Langleeford
Carey Burn in the Harthope Valley
                                     
 


Carey Burn Waterfall

Below are  some of the things to see and do whilst visiting the valley.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

River Breamish

River Breamish

The River Beamish is a river in Northumberland that flows through the Northumberland National Park before joining the River Till near Wooler. The Breamish rises on Comb Fell in the Cheviot Hills before meandering its way through The Breamish Valley. A tributary of the Beamish is the Linhope Burn from which the Linhope Spout Waterfall lies about 1km North of the village of Linhope.

The Breamish is a tranquil river which gently flows through the Breamish Valley flanked by tall rolling hills on its way past the village of Ingram and through the lower hills before leaving the Park and joining the River Till. The low grassy banks create the ideal spot for family picnics or fishing.
Near Bully's Wood



Ingram                     

Northumberland National Park


The Northumberland National Park stretches from the Scottish Border to Hadrian's Wall and covers about a quarter of the county. The Park borders Cumbria and the Scottish Borders. adjoins the Southern Uplands of Scotland and has the Pennine Way running through it.

The Park has several distinct areas, to the North are the dramatic Cheviot Hills and to the West is the vast Kielder Water and Forest Park whilst the southern area encompasses the central section of Hadrian's Wall. From rock climbing and hill walking to mountain biking and picnicking the Northumberland National Park has something for everyone.


Below are some of the Places to visit within the Park.




Kielder Water and Forest Park




Cheviot Hills