The Dragons Den, a tale of four Wittons.
Northumberland, October 30th.
Mud warning, but only because of recent downpours.
There are seven of us out today for a walk from Hartburn, very small village in Northumberland. The team, carefully divided to avoid a group of more than six consists of John x 3, Brian, Margaret, Harry and me. The walk has been devised by Harry.
To get to Hartburn head north on the A1, turn off at the junction north of Morpeth for Ashington and Morpeth, turn left and follow signs for Mitford. Drive through Mitford to Hartburn and continue beyond the village for about half a mile to a gravelled area on the right which has room for ten cars and is near the spot marked Dragons Den on the map.
Hartburn has a church with Saxon origins, St. Andrews. Once used by the Knights Templar and apparently Oliver Cromwell kept his money box there for a time. (Hartburn =O.E heoret burne = stag stream)
At the edge of the wood (The Trench on the map) we met a road and turned right to walk to the village of Netherwitton. (Witton= O.E widu-tun = settlement by a wood. Nether means lower settlement by a wood.)
Turning left we walked up the road to Bellion Farm, through the yard and on into the fields which were nicely grassed, but with Lauder grass which is always difficult on the feet. The path went roughly west and through a small plantation. We had to cross the Font Burn which was not too easy as the heroic picture of John shows.
Once out of the wood we spotted a ruined stell, unusually rectangular, and decided it made an excellent Herbie Spot.