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Haltwhistle Walking Festival

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We hope that 2016 will be a great year for walking and we look forward to seeing all of you at our Spring and Autumn festivals.

The programme is now available to view. Online booking will begin on Monday January 25th so you have plenty of time to chose your walks.

The programme includes:

A 4 day strenuous walk called “Allendale and Beyond”. Individual days are linear and include places like Rowantree Cleugh, Shorncross Gate, Langdon Beck and Mid Ashgill. It promises to be quite a challenge with 55 miles to cover.

Other long walks include: The Jolly Drovers, Hallbankgate to Haltwhistle, and The Search for the Black Cat. There is a long walk every day.

The shorter walks are very varied, from Hidden Hexhamshire, to the Beauty of the Irthing Valley and a Simonburn Circular via Goatstones.  There is a shorter walk on every day.

The special interest walks include a Photography Walk for relative beginners, “Looking and Seeing” with Richard Holmes, Woodland Birds (always a sell out so book early), the Featherstone Prisoner of War camp and the Singing Walk.

By popular request, there are 2 farmhouse tea walks, a longer and a shorter one.

You are sure to find a walk that suits you from the 25 on offer.

Please don’t forget our Social Evening for walkers and the walk teams. It is on the Friday evening of the Festival and is unmissable!

Program

Programme for Spring 2014
April 26th - May 5th
Full details of the walks are given below the main list

 

Date
No
Walk Name
Grade
Length
Cost
26 April
1
Cold Fell
Strenuous
10m
£6
26 April
2
Calling All Stations Day 1
Alston to Lambley
Moderate
8m
£8
27 April
3
Cross Fell
 
Strenuous plus
15m
£10
27 April
4
Calling All Stations Day 2
Lambley to Haltwhistle
Moderate
7.5m
£8
27 April
5
Geltsdale Bird Walk
Moderate
10m
£6
28 April
6
The Wonders of the South Tyne
Moderate plus
12m
£6
28 April
7
Silly Wrea -  The Last Horseman
Moderate plus
7m
£6
29 April
8
Castle Carrock Fell
Moderate plus
11.5m
£6
29 April
9
Woodland Walk + Farmhouse Tea
Moderate
6m
£11
30 April
10
Spring Lambs + Farmhouse Tea
Moderate plus
9m
£11
30 April
11
Walton Circular
Moderate
7.5m
£6
30 April
12
Sustainable Energy Walk
Moderate
7.5m
£10
30 April
13
Walking in Northumberland
A Photographic Evening
£5
1 May
14
Brocolitia Circular (the long one)
Strenuous
13m
£6
1 May
15
Romans and Peasants
Moderate
7m
£8
1 May
16
History Walk around Whitley Castle
Moderate
7m
£10
2 May
17
Haltwhistle Circular via Greenlee Lough
Moderate plus
14m
£6
2 May
18
Brocolitia Circular (the shorter one)
Moderate
7m
£6
2 May
19
Singing Walk
Moderate
4-5m
£12
2 May
20
Tall Tales Evening 
with finger buffet
£10
3 May
21
Isaac’s Tea Trail - Day One
Allendale to Nenthead
Moderate plus
13m
£10
3 May
22
Flues and Chimney Stacks of the Silver Dale
Moderate
8.5m
£6
3 May
23
Woodland Bird Walk
Moderate
7m
£6
4 May
24
Isaac’s Tea Trail - Day Two
Nenthead to Clargillhead
Moderate plus
14m
£10
4 May
25
Lanercost Circular
Moderate
7.5m
£6
5 May
26
Isaac’s Tea Trail - Day Three
Clargillhead to Allendale
Moderate plus
13m
£10
5 May
27
Moorland, fells and a hidden lake
Moderate plus
8.5m
£6
 
 
General Information about walks
The full details of all the walks and events are given below.   We are keen to help you to chose the right walks for you, so if you have any queries please contact us.  Our walks grades are described in detail on the Things you need to know page. Please read the page before you book.

The Special Interest Walks have been highlighted in green. You will hear about the area and any points of interest on other walks too.  The two evening events are highlighted in blue. Please come along and support these.

Details of significant ascents and descents are included in the walk details below.

All bookings are made through our agents, Bradsons.  Booking will open at 10.00am on Monday 20th January. Please do not contact Bradsons before then.  Click this link to go directly to our booking page.  Online booking is very straightforward so please use it if possible. You will receive an immediate email to confirm your payment.

If you prefer to book using a debit or credit card, you may ‘phone Bradsons on 01749 813899. Payment by cheque is possible if you ‘phone Bradsons first to make your booking.  

Joining instructions will be emailed to you about 2 weeks before the festival.  Please check these carefully when they arrive.

We try to provide accurate descriptions of our walks.  Please remember that a spell of very wet weather before the festival will result in waterlogged land and extra bogginess.  

We reserve the right to alter routes or even cancel a walk if the weather is atrocious.  We have not yet cancelled a walk, but have occasionally had to use an easier or shorter route for safety reasons.

Sat 26th April
1. Cold Fell
There are two fell walks this weekend and this is undoubtedly the easier of them.  However, there is an ascent and the walk is graded Strenuous, so be warned!  Cold Fell is the second highest peak in the Pennines.  Once on the top, we hope to see lovely views in all directions.  

Meet at: Tindale Village (GR NY617593) at 10.00am
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1600 ft  Grade: Strenuous
Walk Fee: £6
Bring: packed lunch
Leader:

Sat 26th April
2. Calling all Stations! -  Day 1: Alston to Lambley
In its day the Alston to Haltwhistle railway line, (known by locals as ‘the Branch’), was said to be one of the most scenic in Britain. It closed officially in 1976, and since then the trail, which was laid in its absence, has been enjoyed by cyclists and walkers alike.  This two day walk will be partly on this trail and, of course, stops at all stations!  Today’s walk starts at Alston, and will stop at Kirkhaugh and Slaggyford, before finishing at Lambley.  In 1983 a narrow gauge railway was opened between Alston and Kirkhaugh.  In the future, the railway may be extended to Slaggyford.  In preparation for this a station building has been erected at Lintley Halt.  We will visit this new station, and may even catch the sight of a train!

Meet at: Lambley (GR NY671584) at 09.50am.  Coach leaves for Alston at 10.00am.
Distance: 8 miles Ascent 524 ft. Descent 823 ft. Grade:Moderate
Walk Fee: £8
Bring: packed lunch
Leader:

Sun 27th April
3. Cross Fell
This is a long linear walk taking in the highest point of the Pennine Chain.  The pace will be brisk, so a high level of stamina is required. (This is definitely a two sausage roll walk!)  Starting from Ashgill, we follow the South Tyne to its source and then onwards to cross the young River Tees.  We walk beside the Trout Beck towards Great Dun Fell and the “golf ball”.  We then follow the ridge over Little Dun Fell and on to the great plateau of Cross Fell.  The weather can be extreme up here at any time of year, so be prepared with warm clothes and wet weather gear.  The views can range from astounding and long range, to only a few yards ahead, so say your prayers and let’s hope!  We descend to follow the Pennine Way down to Kirkland.  This will be a long day out walking.

Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place (GR NY707640) at 08.20am. Coach leaves for Ashgill at 08.30am.  Return coach from Kirkland
Distance: 15 miles Ascent 2200 ft. Descent 3042 ft. Grade:Strenuous Plus
Walk Fee: £10
Bring: Extra clothing & plenty of food
Leader: 

Sun 27th April
4. Calling all Stations! – Day 2 Lambley to Haltwhistle
The second day of our journey starts at Lambley, with its magnificent viaduct.  We stop at Coanwood and Featherstone Park.  The end of our line is at Haltwhistle station which boasts one of the 2012 Top Ten listed signal boxes in the country!
Meet: Haltwhistle Market Place (GR NY707640) at 10.20am. Coach leaves for Lambley at 10.30am.
Distance: 7.5 miles  Grade: Moderate
Walk Fee: £8
Bring: packed lunch
Leader:

Sun 27th April
5. Geltsdale Bird Walk 
This particular bird walk was new in Spring 2013 and was so successful we are including it again.  Please note that it is a long walk.  From Halton Lea Gate we head along the old railway line, passing the RSPB information centre.  We then continue up to Tindale village then back to Halton Lea Gate.  We hope to see many nesting birds and the black swan that has made the Tindale Tarn its home. Our bird expert is Nick Leeming of Haltwhistle.

Meet: Halton Lea Gate (parking tidily at the east end of the village)  (GR NY655584) at 10.00 am
Distance: 10 miles (6-7 hours)  Grade: Moderate
Walk Fee: £6 (numbers limited to 15)
Bring: packed lunch, binoculars

 

Hadrian

Sandwiches

 

Suppliers of fresh sandwiches

using local produce

 

Walking groups catered for

providing packed lunches,

buffets, outside catering available

 

Enquiries to Karen

Telephone

01434 344337

Mobile

0771358423

 


Mon 28th April
6. The Wonders of the South Tyne
Starting and finishing in Haltwhistle, this walk is like a favourite meal for regulars, always worth repeating.  It is a tasteful experience for newcomers.  It includes a lot of what is best in Northumberland: a riverside walk with views of castles, rolling and forested countryside, a touch of World War II history, spring lambs, a wonderful example of Victorian bridge building, a unique meeting house and open moorland, not to mention a lovely waterfall. What more do you need?

Meet at: Haltwhistle Market Place (GR NY707640) at 10.00am
Distance: 12miles  Grade: Moderate Plus
Walk fee: £6
Bring: packed lunch
Leader:

Mon 28th April
7. Silly Wrea – The Last Horsemen
We follow the delightful River Allen upstream through a narrow wooded valley to Plankey Mill.  There are usually dippers and possible herons on the river.  We pass Staward Pele, a ruin that sits on top of a narrow steep-sided hill with a long history of occupation from Roman times.  The next stop is at Silly Wrea Farm where the land is still worked by horse power.  If conditions are suitable we will see the horses at work.  The return to Allen Banks is by the riverside again, but on the opposite bank.

Meet at: Allen Banks NT Car Park (GR NY798640) (parking £4 to non-NT Members, bring £1 coins) at 10.30am
Distance: 7 miles  Grade: Moderate Plus
Walk Fee: £6 
Bring: packed lunch
Leader:

Tues 29th April
8. Castle Carrock Fell
Our car park is conveniently near to the Duke of Cumberland pub in Castle Carrock, perchance we should fancy refreshment at the end of the walk.  We set off past the reservoir and take the old way that passes through the farms towards Cumrew and on to Newbiggin.  Then it is uphill to follow the track between Cumrew and Newbiggin Fells over into Geltsdale.  A new bridge will aid our crossing of the New Water of Gelt.  We then follow above the Gelt first to the East and then to the West, to reach Jockey Shield, whence we descend back to Castle Carrock and a well-earned beverage.

Meet at: Castle Carrock (GR NY543553) at 10.00am
Distance: 11.5 miles  Grade: Moderate Plus
Walk Fee: £6
Bring: packed lunch
Leader:

Tues 29th April
9. Woodland Walk with Farmhouse Tea
This is a popular walk out of Haltwhistle, along the riverside and through the North Woods.  If we are lucky, we will see an early show of bluebells.  We arrive at the very pretty, and very old Featherstone Bridge, constructed in 1778 after a great flood destroyed many bridges over the Tyne.  Watch for the dippers on the river.  From there, after crossing the bridge, we turn back towards Haltwhistle calling at Wydon Farm for a lovely Farmhouse Tea.

Meet at: Haltwhistle Market Place (GR NY707640) at 1.00pm
Distance: 6 miles  Grade: Moderate
Walk Fee: £11
Bring: drink and a snack if required 
Leader:

Read about Walking for Health walks in Northumberland by clicking here
 

 


Isaac’s Tea Trail – a series of 3 walks over the Bank Holiday weekend (Walks 21, 24 and 26)
We had a number of requests to include the whole of Isaac’s Tea Trail in a festival, so we have devised a way to divide this circular walk into 3 linear sections.  Each day, a coach will take the walkers from Haltwhistle to the start of the walk and bring them home at the end of the afternoon.  Isaac Holden’s story is a fascinating one.  The walk is based on the places he used to visit on foot as an itinerant tea seller in the Victorian era.  He saw the needs of his customers and became a philanthropist.  You will hear his romantic story in detail during the walks, which take in areas of wild moorland and meander beside rivers. We expect the walks to be popular so please book early to avoid disappointment. For details see below.
 

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Event date: 23-04-2016
Event End Date: 02-05-2016
Location Haltwhistle
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