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Starting out at the Tyne Riverside Country Park car park, on the Prudhoe side of the Ovingham Bridge, we headed off along the excellent riverside pathway. We were following the Tyne eastward on this first stretch and the excellent footpath is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and joggers as well as us ramblers. The river snakes sinuously here, in large broad bends and the trees cloaking the northern shore were ablaze with Autumn colour.

After about half an hour we could see glimpses of the old railway bridge between the trees and soon enough we reached Wylam Railway Bridge. It’s a beautiful bit of cast iron engineering and spans a slight bottleneck in the river at this point between two bends. Crossing the bridge, we were now walking on an old railway route just below Wylam village.

Instead of following the route eastwards, we took a steep path to the left and we were soon amongst the houses of Wylam itself. electricity and magnetism notes This short stretch of pavement walking past many fine houses was the sharp turn of our walk and after climbing into stunning woodland, we were heading westward once again. We stopped here for lunch and enjoyed fabulous views over the Tyne valley richly decorated into reds and yellows.

After a half mile of woodland walking we reached the edge of Wylam village itself and zig-zagged north west and upwards across pasture and arable fields for nearly a mile before reaching the outskirts of Horsley village. After another short stretch of pavement walking we were back amongst farmland and heading down across a large field full of black cows.

We started out near the cemetery at Haydon Bridge just under the A69 bypass. Sounds idyllic, right? Actually it is quite a nice quiet little spot with a spacious parking area and access to a couple of footpaths and a nearby playground(!). astrid y gaston lima reservations We walked through Haydon Bridge itself, noticing the crumbling remains of a high wall or maybe an old bastle before crossing the South Tyne. Continuing through the town we negotiated the level crossing over the Tyne Valley railway line and headed up into the surrounding countryside via a narrow lane.

Crossing a sloping sheep pasture we came upon Old Haydon Church, a beautiful little church that once served the original settlement of Haydon before it migrated downhill to straddle the South Tyne. This is such a quiet and peaceful place with a tunnel of yew along the pathway leading to the old church. Inside it is simple and almost austere but a lovely place for a bit of quiet contemplation. The church was built using stone nicked from nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

Thankfully, from the parking lane we dipped straight into woodland, following a path down the slope to the side of the River Wear and stunning views across to the ruins of Finchale Abbey. We explored the ruins for a while, marvelling at the rugged architecture before heading back up through the trees and onto Cocken Lane. electricity kwh usage calculator After ¼ mile we headed left down the footpath that led us into open farmland and from there into more deciduous woodland. This stretch took us through the lovely Cocken Woods; I love walking in woodland and this part of the walk was beautiful with the first tints of Autumn showing in the trees and the low sunlight slicing through the branches. Gradually descending a shallow slope, we stopped for lunch at the side of the River Wear, its meandering loops giving us a great spot to enjoy our sandwiches.

The return loop of the walk was back through the large arable fields of the area, at this time of year looking bare and cold. There were a few sprouts of green from early sown winter wheat and overwintering oil seed rape but otherwise bare soil was dominant. After a couple of miles, we picked up Cocken Lane once more and completed the 5 miles as we returned to our cars.

We started off the new programme with an afternoon walk courtesy of Kevin Hilton. Starting out on a sunny day we left from Kev’s house in Newbrough and followed the road up and through the village. And up. And up. The road became increasingly steep as we headed further from the village and then narrowed, finally ending abruptly at a gate that led into the nearby fields. To be honest we were puffing and panting a bit as we had kept up a relentless pace for the first mile. gas leak explosion A slightly flatter section thankfully followed across sheep pasture allowing us to catch our breath.

After a quick sandwich break by the old Roman vallum we set off across more fields, testing our style climbing skills as we crossed a fair few stone walls. A slightly nervous time was had as we crossed a field full of skittish young cows but we escaped unscathed only to be flash mobbed by a bunch of boisterous young bullocks in an adjacent field. Luckily a stone wall kept them at bay. The sharp eyed young naturalist in our group spotted some morels growing in the drip line of some beech trees and spent 20 minutes gathering forage for her supper.

A well fenced and signposted footpath carried us almost due North across fields fringed with deciduous woodland and dotted with sheep. We were high up here and enjoyed great views across the valley towards the sprawl of Tyneside. Resting by a wooden post and rail fence we enjoyed lunch on what was a surprisingly mild and still day for mid February.

The walk continued across fields before meeting woodland as it dipped slightly at a point where several footpaths intersected. gas vs electric oven review We continued northwards, parallel to Fell Road on a quiet minor road (West Lane then Hillhead Lane) edged with hedgerows. Returning to field walking, we traversed a steep grassy slope for 200m before re-emerging onto Fellside Road near to the Woodman’s Arms where we stopped for liquid refreshment.

After that short break we continued for a short while on Fellside Road before striking out West down Clockburn Lonnen; a minor road through woodland and scattered housing. We walked on this route for about half a mile before picking up the route of the Derwent Walk. This excellent walk follows an old railway line and has good dry underfoot conditions and was flat! Another mile or so brought us back to Rowlands Gill and we were able to rejoin our cars as the clouds gathered.