SOUTH TYNE AMBLE - 21.3.10
This was another area largely unknown to most apart from leader Frank. We left Haltwhistle on a fine clear and fresh morning with visitors outnumbering members by five to four. Initially the River South Tyne was followed in a southwest direction to be rejoined after a short diversion before passing Featherstone Castle en route for the impressive Lambley Viaduct. After admiring the fine river scenery progress turned eastwards for several miles with easy going through mainly agricultural land. Few residents were seen but their effect on the mole population was obvious from the lines of trophies adorning many fences.
When the last minor road was crossed going became tougher with periods of heather bashing before arriving for lunch at Wagtail Hall. Unfortunately pre-booking was unavailable and as unexpected guests we had to dine al fresco behind the boundary wall. Post-prandially we traversed the grouse moors over Plenmeller Common passing first a mysterious building on The Beacon then the trig point at Cairn End. Finally after more rough ground over Ramshaw Fell the delightful Park Burn was joined which soon lead to Park Village and the easy going of the South Tyne Trail cycle and walk way back to Haltwhistle.
Although billed as an 18-miler the route was clearly over 20 miles though Frank was soon forgiven in view of the fine vistas and excellent weather he had ordered. Hopefully our visitors will return for more of our company even though the territory walked quite clearly strayed onto Northumbria’s magnificent patch.