Haltwhistle Circular

 ‘A’ Tom Bell  ‘B’ Jennifer Bell

haltwhistleA rather cool start but it got warmer as the day went on. We stopped for coffee in Hexham before travelling to Haltwhistle where the coach parked for the rest of the day.  25 set out on the ‘A’ walk following a path adjacent to some allotments and descended steps alongside the River Tyne to go under a road bridge and emerge on a country lane to a muddy Wydon farm. We crossed grassy fields that contained sheep and lambs. It was lovely to watch the antics of the lambs. We stopped for lunch just past Wydon Eals then crossed the River Tyne on the Featherstone Bridge. A riverside walk followed passing through the remains of a PoW camp and glimpsing Featherstone Castle across the fields.. When we reached Lambley viaduct we endured a stiff climb to the top. We were rewarded for our efforts with fine, clear views all around. The old railway line track was followed  back to Haltwhistle. We had an evening stop in Hexham.

Flowers: celandine, cowslip, dogs mercury, gorse, primrose, snowdrop, strawberry flower, violet and wood anemone.

Other:  2 buzzards, 2 curlews, 2 mallards and peacock butterfly.

Photo c.K.Nevin

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