Walking in Northumberland

Last week we had a few days in Northumberland, we stayed in the same cottage as last year. It’s called Whistlestop as it’s an old railway cottage in Redesmouth. It’s prefect for us, it’s comfortable and well equipped and they allow dogs…

The weather wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad. It rained most days but usually in the afternoon so we walked in the morning and only once got a bit damp.

We drove up to Kielder which is a huge reservoir and forestry commision land, there’s lots of footpaths and signposted routes. This time we went up to Kielder village and walked a bit in the forest and then down to the viaduct just a short distance down river. The viaduct isn’t used anymore by trains so it’s been turned into a footbridge. The view from the top was lovely…

The following day we walked round Hadrian’s Wall, this is the Roman wall started in AD122, it runs for 73 miles from the east coast to the west coast. A surprising amount is still intact. I say surprising (apart from the fact that it is 2000 years old,) but also because for centuries it was a useful source of stone for housebuiling. There is even a village called Wall of which many earlier houses are built with stone from the wall.

We parked by Housesteads Fort and did about a 5.5 mile walk.

The geography of this area fascinates me with it’s steep escarpments…

The views were amaing, I find up her that you feel quite high up from what feels like a small hill. I think the topography is undulating so you can see a long way. Just as an aside, I read up at Keilder that from one of their nearby fells you van see both coast of Britain.

I’m trying to get fitter at the moment, lock-down and operations have taken their toll, so I bought myself a Garmin watch, it’s not one of their fancy ones but it does what I wanted (plus lot more!) It tracks my walks and then uploads the to my computer and Strava. It does give you a bit of encouragement to see the mils add up.

Anyway, I thought I might do a regular weekly slot on walks, maybe call it Wandering Wednesday. Some weeks I might have been somewhere intersting, other times it might be round my neighbourhood. We’re walking up Buckden Pike on Monday.. so watch this space!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Walking in Northumberland

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I love to read and see about your walking adventures.

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  2. anne54 says:

    Many years ago I had a short walk along Hadrian’s Wall, and remember the stunning landscape around it. Thanks for reminding me of it this morning.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kathyreeves says:

    I love the scenery you share in your walks, and hearing about the places. 😁

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  4. Even though the weather was not what you hoped the scenery looks pretty awesome!

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  5. claire93 says:

    I visited Hadrian’s Wall on a school field trip when I was about 12 years old. That’s the farthest north I’ve ever been ^^

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  6. Jane M says:

    As you say it is amazing so much of the wall still exists. It looks beautiful even if the weather wasn’t all sunshine

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  7. Amanda says:

    Lovely part of the country to walk in.

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