Hewitts are Hills in England Wales and Ireland more than Two Thousand feet high. I never knew that. Hedgehope in Northumberland, at 714metres or 2343 feet is one of them. It is a child's idea of a mountain, nice and conical and today, not for the first time, nor the last, we gadgies are going to walk up it.
The walk starts at Hartside in the beloved Ingram Valley, home of the river Breamish. To get there, A1 North, A687 at Morpeth, turn left after Powburn and follow the valley. Stop for breakfast at the Valley Cottage café first and then move on to Hartside, which is as far as the public can go. Beyond is the settlement of Linhope. The cafe hopes to stay open weekends over winter, it will need support.
There is off road parking at Hartside. The walk is covered by OS OL 16, The Cheviot Hills and the start is at GRNT976162
A good turn out today, seven of us: John C., Brian, Ray, Harry, Ben, Dave and me.
We followed the road west from Hartside passing the hamlet of Linhope. (Semantics, a hamlet is a village without a church, apparently) On the right a sign post directs walkers towards Linhope Spout, a pretty waterfall and pool but at the end of the plantation we took the footpath on the left and headed uphill on a rough grass track past Rig Cairn and on to High Cantle.
On the way, the road to Linhope. A fine day for walking too, just as the weather maid had promised.
|The grassy track, it meanders a bit|