Saturday, 13 January 2018

The Romans had a name for it... or "To lose one gadgie is unfortunate, to lose two is careless" as Oscar nearly said.(Northumberland )January 12th.
  Nine gadgies are out for a walk today, starting at Corbridge Railway station; Take the A69 west, stop at Brockbushes Farmshop for breakfast, continue into Corbridge, cross the Tyne and head for the station.
A map is advisable, OS Explorer OL43 Hadrian's Wall covers the walk.
Corbridge is an ancient town, the Romans built a fort and settlement, called Corstopitum, Corsopitum or Coria. The National Trust runs the museum and site, lots of stones on display.
Corbridge now is a sleepy little town on the north bank of the Tyne. The church of St. Andrew dates in part to the 8th century and the door was presented by Rowan Atkinson's mum, much later of course.
The bridge across the Tyne is the only one to survive the great flood of 1771 which swept away all other Tyne crossings from here to the sea. The bridge was already 100 years old when it survived the onrush.
The nine who are out today are John x 3, Ben, Harry, Brian, Dave, Ray and me. The weather is expected to be dry at least, with a temperature normal for January.
Double car park this week; this is the one at Brockbushes, great café, full of gadgies, gadgettes and gadgerellas.
We finally parked between the Dyvels public house and The Valley Indian Restaurant which takes up part of Corbridge railway station.
Car park two, by the Dyvels pub and also near The Valley and railway station
The walk is all on footpaths or roads, but there is a shortage of markers in several places, a map would be useful.
Apart from the usual yellow footpath markers we came across several of these. Daft as a Brush is a worthy charity that supports cancer sufferers.

And we finally got under way, walking across the bridge at the railway station, crossing a field, crossing a road, crossing a field and wondering how the next road got such a wonderful name as Ladycutters Lane. Did she knife her husband or something less bloody? So we crossed this road too and another field to yet another minor road. Turning right we followed this road  to yet another, midway between Temperley Grange and Temperley Grange farm.. Turned right then almost immediately took a track heading due south to Dipton Cottage, turned left on a road and close to Dipton House finally entered the darkness of Dipton Wood.
At this point we lost two gadgies, Harry and Dave, who had fallen behind to observe something passing. The magnificent seven others walked the steep and muddy path close to the edge of the wood and high above the Dipton Burn until we came to an exit close to Todburn Steel.
                Friendly locals near Temperley. Belted Galloways
                Footpath through Dipton Wood, leafy and muddy. In places slippy with a steep fall down to the Dipton Burn.
In spite of whistles and calls there was no sight or sound of the missing two.  After waiting a good twenty minutes we decided they were big boys, equipped with maps and a compass, we pushed on, but Ray carved a large arrow out of the muddy path pointing the way we were going.
Crossing fields at Todburn Steel,and another road we turned right near Blackburn and walked alongside the Black Burn past East and West Woodfoot, both very smart and expensive looking little settlements. But the fields and gateways were very muddy. By way of compensation, Brian and a John spotted a Kingfisher

               Why such a lovely little arch? Most farms would have put up with a few concrete beams!
It's near East/West Woodfoot.
Turning just west of north at West Woodfoot on to a well made track we called a Herbie Spot.

Herbie Time with a woolly friend. We shared apple pies, cookies, ginger biscuits, gold bars and iced bilberry muffins from Mrs A.
We were about to pack up and leave when round the corner came the missing two. They had missed a turning and walked an extra couple of miles, so they said. So a little extra Herbie Time.
We followed the farm track to North Road, turned left and then right, crossing fields, joining another road for a few hundred yards and then re-entering the darkness of Dipton Wood.
                   Lightwater Cottages in darkest Dipton Woods.
The forest track went north east. Much of the wood had been felled and replaced with proper deciduous trees, still in their tubes. We left the wood, crossed the road and followed yet another country lane down, almost to West Farm, turned north west across a couple of sheep filled fields to the wonderfully named Snokoehill Plantation.
                Buzzard on a branch. Only got a compact camera, best I could do.
At the end of the plantation we were back on Ladycutters Lane,turned left and crossed the fields to the station and cars.
As we had parked next to the Dyvels pub it seemed only right we call in. Several ales on offer, including one called Dwevels and a cider called Rosies, alcohol rating 7.3%!!! Reminds me of the old joke;"Drink our beer and feel Rosie all over."
A fine walk, map essential and anyone with a dislike of muddy boots should stay home, or walk in summer.

The First Matrix of the year.  MMXVIII
                                                                              steps                               miles
NAK                                                                   25701                               10
iPhone                                                                 22357                              9.7
Dave's 3D                                                            23998                             12.24 (Extra for D and H)
  ""      USB                                                         22867                              11.9 ""
  "" NAK                                                             22851                              11.9  ""
Sylvia's mother                                                    23179                              12.7
Brian                                                                                                             9.46
JC                                                                                                                 10.6

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And a few pictures from Dave: