1/10/16 Belford Circular ‘A’ Tom Bell ‘B’ Lynne Rippon (report by Jennifer Bell)

It was dry and sunny as 50 members set out for another trip to Northumberland. The coffee stop was at the Heighley Gate Garden Centre and then the coach continued on to Belford where the ‘A’ walk set away following the farm road past West Hall Farm through to Craggyhall Farm to pass through mixed woodlands of Scots pine and beech. After leaving the woods the path followed a field path rising to give views over to Holy Island highlighted by bright sunlight and clear blue skies where we stopped for lunch. From here the walk followed a quiet country road from Detchant to Grey Mare Farm and on to open common with views back over Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. The walk continued through Kyloe Woods past a small tarn under Raven Crag, a sandstone face, then followed a green track down to Holburn with clear views of the Cheviots. From Holburn the track turned left following a wall until it again entered woodland leading to St Cuthbert’s Cave where we stopped for an early tea. The walk continued through a plantation passing large sandstone outcrops on the way eventually reaching a farm road to pass Dick’s Old Walls and down to Swinehoe Farm. The walk continued to Juniper Hill then down into Belford past West Hall Farm which was originally the moated Castrum de Beleford. The evening stop was in Belford. Flowers: gorse and harebells. Other: buzzards, brambles, hawthorn berries and rabbits.

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