Northumberland Spring Weekend between Coast and Hills
11 people attending
9 places left
A 3 night stay in Northumberland National Park, set at the foot of the Cheviots, two miles from the small town of Wooler and half an hour from this county's amazing coastline of beaches, castles and fishing villages.
Our location is a series of converted cottages with sleeping accommodation for 20 in shared bedrooms (1 room with 2 beds, 1 room with 4 beds, 1 room with 6 beds and 1 room with 8 beds). As well as its own garden and lawn, it has an open fire for cosy evenings on chilly Spring evenings.
We will gather on the Thursday evening, with the usual OutdoorLads buffet, get to know each other and get a briefing from the leader. Friday and Saturday are full days to explore lots on offer. There will be at least one walk on offer for both days with lots of opportunities to visit Northumberland's endless, empty beaches, castles, coastal villages, the Chillingham wild cattle, Lindisfarne / Holy Island and the amazing Castle and Gardens at Alnwick.
Food for two nights and breakfast on all three mornings is included in the price.
Photos: Bunkhouse curtesy of Stanfam Properties Ltd. All other photos curtesy of Rob Mitchell. Permission given for all to be used by OutdoorLads.
Dogs: Sadly, dogs are not allowed at this venue.
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What to bring
IMPORTANT: You need to bring a pillowcase and either a sleeping bag or a sheet & duvet (pillows only are provided).
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.
Food & drink
Bring something for the buffet, home made is wonderful but not compulsory. Just enough to feed 2 or 3 people!
Friday and Saturday dinners are included, as are all three breakfasts. Make sure your dietary info is up to date as this is used to plan food.
Tea, coffee, sugar, milk is provided.
You will need to bring your own snacks, alcohol / soft drink, lunches for the days out.