Julie and I had a week in Northumberland in the middle of May. We went chased across Gosforth park by a young lady I married a couple of years ago, spent too much at Cogito Books in Hexham – website – visited the refurbished museum at Corbridge, visited the Sill, dined out with friends (and children), and admired Harry and Sarah’s allotment (when did I become so old my kids have an allotment?). We stayed at the lovely “Cottage at Longridge”, just outside Morpeth – Sykes cottages website – and had stunning weather. I also managed some walks.
On Sunday 13 May after taking the service at Milbourne we drove into Newcastle and I then left Julie, Harry and Sarah to shop, while I went for a walk. Over the Stephenson High Level bridge – why is it that we will spend several million on a refurbishment about 10 years ago, but not spend a bit on keeping it cleaned and painting out the graffiti? Under the Tyne Bridge approach and through the Sage, then back over the Millennium Bridge before following the Tyne as far as the Ouseburn. I followed that river upstream – past Seven Stories, and into Jesmond Dene. Past Jesmond Dene House and along to the Metro at Ilford Road. Back into town, and met the others. 6 miles walked (and a ride on the Metro!).
On Monday I went for an evening walk. Across to Hepscott, across the railway line (a freight only line), and up to the Wansbeck. Down through the bluebell woods to Bothal, over the river, and back to Morpeth through the woods on the north side (under the railway viaduct). It was beautiful. I stopped at Morrison’s for supplies, and then walked back along the road. It was a long way! 9 miles.
On Tuesday evening I drove over to Mitford and parked outside the church. I walked past the castle and down to the River Wansbeck. Under the A1, and continuing along the river to the outskirts of Morpeth. Then, staying on the south of the river, I walked up into Arty’s Dell, and along through the bluebell woods, back under the A1, and to the car. 6 miles. It was gorgeous.
On Thursday I walked 4 miles round the lovely National Trust estate at Wallington – website. I thought I knew the estate quite well – I don’t. The cafe is good too!