• A ramble in Eden

    The River Eden flows slowly through rolling countryside and forms a companion for the first part of the walk. Songbirds establish territories; primroses herald the warmth from secretive hollows and vanilla-scented yellow gorse mixes with garlic-pungent wild ransoms in nature’s perfumier palette. Today the Eden sparkles under Spring sunshine. Young leaves tentatively show as trees gently begin to green, and rooks offer an early morning caw… calmness reigns.

    Read more in the Eden Valley section of the website

  • Weardale Way... The final Section

    A short walk along the cliff top finally arrives at Bede’s Cross. And here endeth a walk of contrasts. A wander that may not initially feel like a grand expedition or even a worthwhile undertaking, but on reflection, it is all those things and more.

    Read more in 'Weardale Way' in the Long Distance Walks section of the website

  • Weardale Way: Section 7

    Lingering a while, as much to shake off the coldness and emptiness of the eyes of people sitting in cars obviously visiting relatives within the prison walls, a time of reflection is sought. Nothing moves except the river and the ducks upon it. Not a breath of stirs the remaining leaves on trees awaiting longer Spring days. Steep sandstone cliffs tower over the single footbridge leading on into a brightening sky.

    Read more in 'Weardale Way' in the 'Long Distance Walks' section of the website

  • Weardale Way Section 6

    Croxdale Hall remains hidden within mature woodland and on a bending road when ascent is made with frosty breath, it is revealed like a hidden gem, hiding it’s face from the outside world. The twisting track is followed past a 12th Century chapel, extraordinary, elevated barn and the hall itself, before resuming the track.

    Woodland margins are skirted past Croxdale Wood House and ultimately to High Butterby Farm which announces the entry with: Beware of witches and proceeds to share a range of woodland spirit masks attached to a whitewashed barn wall.

    Read more in Weardale Way in the Long Distance Walks Section of the website

  • Weardale Way Section 5

    Today, the delicate filigree of frost caresses teasel and cow parsley, lying dormant for the Winter. Bright, warming sunshine begins to melt the path and the river becomes less noisy. Having entered the middle course, it is less broken, being dominated by deep, slow-flowing pools and is now the habitat of cormorants and gulls.

    Read more in the Long Distance Walks section: Weardale Way

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