Northumberland : Ovingham, Whittle Dene and Welton Hall
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Join us for this delightful 8 mile walk from the Northumberland village of Ovingham, up through the beautiful woodland of Whittle Dene, discovering the wooden houses hidden in the woods and exploring the undulating river. After heading up through this picturesque spot, we'll take a bridge over the A69 and set course across open farmland towards Welton Hall. On the way back, we'll look over the Dene from the top. We'll try and hunt down a cup of tea and a scone to round off the day.
There are a few steeper gradients but it is mostly flat and the walk should be accessible to most hikers. There are one or two muddy spots on the path so walking boots are a great idea.
All the photographs for this page were taken by the walk leader, ncl_toby and permission is given to ODL to use them.
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What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch, flask and snacks. There's nowhere to buy any supplies en route. Bring something to sit on for lunch, even if that's a carrier bag!