*September National Rambles – Northumberland and the Scottish Borders



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Ramble One on Blanchland Moor, on Monday, free of grouse shooting, was breezy and sunny with great views across the moors.  At the top we lunched in style out of the wind inside the shooting lodge but had to abandon erecting the toilet tent before it took off. Coming back down was a bit of an adventure avoiding deep ruts and then getting out of the way of huge forestry wagons but back in time for tea in Blanchland.

Ramble Two at Keilder Forest took us round Bull Crag Peninsula again with great views this time across Keilder Water and eventually to Calvert Trust for lunch in their sheltered courtyard before making our way back to the car park.  It was quite a trek and we were all hungry by lunchtime but the sun was shining.

Many thanks to Hugh and Jill Williamson for organising two lovely rambles.

Ramble Three through some of the woods on the Bowhill Estate, home of the Duke of Buccleuch, which meant that we kept out of the rain before the sun appeared.  Interesting woodlands and two lochs with swans before arriving back at the house, closed at the end of the season, but with the fascinating robot lawnmower on its never ending circuits.

Ramble Four Harestanes and Peniel Heugh  took us to Waterloo Monument which can be seen in the distance for quite some miles along St Cuthbert’s Way.  It is very impressive at the top of Peniel Heugh standing and looking upwards at this great column.  Once again it was bright and breezy with views of the Cheviots and Borders.  Another great day and back for tea at Harestanes Visitor Centre.

Another vote of thanks this time to James Babington Smith for two lovely days out.

We had a great time and it was particularly inspiring after a year out due to illness.

Chris and Doreen Greening


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