AFTER recent windy and wet weather 17 members and guests of Morpeth Footpaths Society were glad to meet up on a sunny, if breezy, evening for the first evening walk of the summer.
The meeting point was the village green in Longhorsley, where following introductions we were soon on our way.
After a short section on the road, we were walking across fields on our way to Muckley Farmhouse, a Grade 11 Listed Building, built around 1840 and attracting the attention of some lively cows and a ‘bull’ with long horns, much to the enjoyment of the group.
After Muckley we followed a footpath running roughly due West towards High Southward Edge. This is aptly named as the views to the Cheviots to the North and the coast to the East were superb.
There then followed a section along the course of the Devil’s Causeway, which is an old Roman Road, through Todburn Moor, where again we attracted the interest of the cows in the adjoining fields.
After around a mile we left the Devil’s Causeway and skirting Beggar’s Bush Plantation we headed towards the next farm, Viewlaw, through a field of clover and buttercups. Seeing Longhorsley in the distance, the pace increased slightly and we entered the village through a nature area, which was the perfect end to the walk.
After a walk of around two hours, we arrived back at our cars having enjoyed the company of friends and a walk on a fine summer evening, with some even adjourning to a nearby hostelry for a soft drink before the drive home.
Further details of the society’s walks, including two more evening walks, can be obtained from Secretary Sarah Howells on 01670 513757, or by visiting www.morpethfootpathssociety.org.uk