Step into Trust’s Walking Weekend

Five autumn strolls are being offered in the Northumberland countryside in another Walking Weekend.

The annual event, organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, will begin tomorrow.

The guided trails range from a one-and-a-half-mile-long easy trail in Cresswell to a moderate walk of more than six miles at Stanton.

The first walk of the programme will be a Morpeth to Bothal circular, taking place tomorrow, from about 11am to 3.30pm.

It will follow a six-mile route from the lay-by at the bottom of Whorral Bank through Bluebell Woods to Bothal and back, taking in views of Stephenson’s railway viaduct, the ruins of the Lady Chapel in Bothal Woods and a visit to Bothal Church to see one of the finest collections of medieval stained-glass windows in the county. It is graded moderate.

On Saturday there are two walks to choose from – a 5.5-mile moderate circular from Craik Park to Mitford, and a Clavering Heritage Walk of 6.3 miles. Both start at 1pm, the latter setting off from Bide A Wee cottage garden and nursery in Stanton and including a visit to an owl sanctuary, a murder scene and a 17th-century stronghouse.

On Sunday, there are another two walks.

There is a circular Stannington and Blagdon walk, leaving from The Ridley Arms at 1pm. It is 5.5 miles long and moderate, and will include refreshments at the Blagdon Cheese Farm Loft Café.

The final walk sets off from Cresswell Ices at 2pm, with local resident and archaeologist Barry Mead leading a 1.5-mile easy stroll around parts of the village not normally accessible, such as the 15th-century Cresswell Pele Tower and Cresswell Hall.

Each walk costs £4, except Stannington, which is £6.50 to include refreshments. For more details or to book a place, call 01670 503866.