Castles and coastline reward for walkers

Morpeth Footpaths Society's walk in Hepburn.
Morpeth Footpaths Society's walk in Hepburn.

Morpeth Footpaths Society

Twelve members of the society met at Hepburn car park on a rainy Sunday morning.

Walker leader Bill Seely welcomed the group. He explained that the planned walk was to include Hepburn Craggs Hill Fort, but the recce proved this route to be too slippery and dangerous. It was decided to take a gentler path.

The rain stopped and out came the sun. After a steep climb up to Ros Castle, members were rewarded with spectacular views. Topographs pointed out castles and coastline.

They continued on through woodland to the half-way point, where they stopped for lunch.

Refreshed, they journeyed on and they were fortunate enough to see a herd of the rare White Chillingham Cattle.

A pleasant walk through bluebell woods brought the members out at St Peter’s Church – an 11th century Norman building.

The church and graveyards were explored and some members bought home-made jam that was for sale.

The last part of the walk was on road, but with great views of the Cheviots. The timing was spot on because the rain returned as they approached the car park.

Morpeth Footpath Society welcomes new members. Visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com for further details.

The next event in the programme is the Gilsland Weekend this weekend.