Not a chase, more like a steady plod. (Northumberland) April 26
Because of restrictions most walks this year have been local, fairly flat and even urban but today four of us are breaking out and walking a Gadgie classic from Langleeford in the Harthope Valley, across to the College Valley, up the Cheviot and down again.
To get to Langleeford :A1 north, A697, turn into Wooler, turn left on first street in Wooler (Cheviot St, very apt) take the right fork, turn right at the signpost for Langleeford and drive carefully for about four miles as the road is pitted with potholes.
There is parking on a grassed area just before the farm.
The walk is possible without a map but it is covered by OS OL 16 The Cheviot Hills.
Such a beautiful parking area I thought it deserved two photos. (It's free too, an added bonus)
Directly opposite the parking area is a narrow footpath which follows the north side of the Hawsen Burn. At one point the footpath joins a farm track but only for a short distance before leaving it on the left for more path, and then more track.
Looking back down Hawsen Burn with Langlee Crags on the far hillside.
Eventually the path comes to a fence, there is a stile to cross, more path to walk and then a farm or forestry track. Turn right and walk the track. At one point there is a footpath on the left which goes through a wood. Several trees have been blown over making the path a bit of an assault course but once out of it the walking is easy to Goldscleugh Farm.
Le Coq d'or.
From Goldscleugh the walk goes by road alongside the Lambden Burn to the next farm at Dunsdale which was declared a Herbie Spot.
But with some exciting looking farm machinery.
From Dunsdale the walk goes through the farmyard and across fields, very dry and lumpy today, almost ankle breakers. At one point the path looks down on Mounthooly, once a Youth Hostel but now an independent bunkhouse.
Mounthooly at the head of the College Valley.
Watch out for the ladder stile on the left as the path goes downhill and ignore it, it is problematic on the other side.