Explore woods in village walk

AN annual village walk is taking place this Saturday in an area known for its beauty and tranquillity.

Led by Alan Davison, who will be accompanied by John Caffrey, Hebron residents are invited to visit the picturesque Bluebell Woods, located in the Howburn Valley between Morpeth and Pegswood.

This area survives with its treasure of ancient native trees, as steep river banks are difficult to cultivate, and on display will be some stunning spring-time carpets of bluebells.

As well as their natural beauty, the woodlands have a rich history with archaeologists being able to find traces of a Romano-British farmstead in the area from the fourth century. There is also evidence that it was being visited sporadically during the Mesolithic/Early Neolithic days.

The Greater Morpeth Development Trust is seeking to conserve and preserve the site over the next few years with a programme of improvements to overgrown and waterlogged footpaths, new amenities such as seats and benches, illustrative signage and interpretation panels, alongside a woodland management and conservation scheme.

The walk will begin at 10am from the East Mill lay-by meeting point.