Spring Weekend in the Shadow of the Cheviot, Northumberland

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Mar 20

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Hopefully a range of walks from challenging to easy!

Sandwiched between the Cheviot and the Scottish border, this hostel is a get-away-from-it-all weekend. We will be 5 miles from the nearest public road, in a Dark Skies Park, with sheep, cattle and deer roaming freely on the beautifully rounded Northumberland hills. It's early Spring, or late Winter, depending on what mood mother nature is in!

We will start with the usual ODL buffet after gathering on Friday night, welcome and information from the leader.

Saturday, after breakfast, provides us with an opportunity to explore the hills. The Cheviot is so close, but so are lots of other hills and interesting features, from glacial valleys and gorges to WW2 plane crash wreckages. Some of the names of hills are so intriguing, such as Bloodybush Edge and Windy Gyle. The border fence with Scotland is barely half a mile from the hostel - we may well straddle the border on a walk! One of the most amazing features in the area is the dramatic Hen Hole, a steep sided ravine with cascades of waterfalls, created as the ice retreated after the last ice age. The choice of walks will depend on the availability of leaders and, of course, the weather. But the opportunities are endless.

Hearty food on Saturday evening will be provided. Then, if skies are clear, we will get a stunning display of stars, being so far from towns and light pollution.

There will be at least one option for a shorter walk on Sunday, once we've tidied and cleaned the hostel, before we head for a pub lunch, maybe at the Tankerville Arms on the edge of Wooler, and then our journeys home.

OutdoorLads has now visited this location on several occasions. Most people can't wait to get back. Nestled at the head of the stunningly beautiful College Valley in North Northumberland, the bunkhouse is truly remote. The Bunkhouse sleeps 24 in dorms, clean bedding is supplied. There is a well-equipped kitchen and living area with log burning stove (logs provided). 

Dogs: this is a dog-friendly weekend but the limit is 4 dogs. There is no extra charge, but the following is important. Dogs have to be kept off furniture and beds and because there are many wild animals and ground-nesting birds around, they must be on a lead when out and about. It may be lambing time too, so an added risk! If you would like to bring a dog, let the Leader know and the first 4 well-behaved dogs and owners can come!! If you are afraid of, or allergic to, dogs, this event is not for you. Sorry.

All photos courtesy of me, Rob

Lads on the Cheviot Suumit
College Valley
Above Hen Hole
The gorge of Hen Hole
Mounthooly nestled below the hills
Lads on the Cheviot Suumit
College Valley
Above Hen Hole
The gorge of Hen Hole
Mounthooly nestled below the hills


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