Old Bewick

Sunday 18 August. This was the last walk that Bea & Josephine will be doing with me on this holiday. It was supposed to be 8 miles but turned out to be 10¼ miles with 1,400ft of ascent. We made the short drive to the start of the walk and then started to climb to the foot of a hill fort at Hanging Crag. More climbing took us to the summit where we made a short diversion to look at a couple of large boulders with cup & ring markings. From here we made our way via Harehope Farm to the trig point on Eglingham Moor where we stopped for lunch. By now we had covered 5 miles and I sort of knew that the walk was going to be longer than 8 miles. The cairn at the summit of Cateran Hill (870ft) was the highest point on the walk from where we could see Dunstanburgh Castle some 10 miles away on the coast. The walk across Bewick Moor was splendid with the heather looking magnificent. There was one final stop at derelict Blawearie farm before we made the last push to the car. Once again, I finished with sore feet and feeling glad that the walk was over.

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