Houghton & Harpley

Sunday 5 February 2017. Phil, having switched walks with Josephine, caused a little confusion to some of the 13 walkers who turned out today but as both of their walks are similar in length and start from the Dogotel, there wasn’t any real problems.

Our route took us north along the Peddars Way and through Bunkers Hill wood where we stopped for coffee. Houghton Hall stands on private land but we did get some distant views from the roads around the perimeter of its grounds. After “trespassing” on tracks through The Blackground, we stopped for lunch opposite Home Farm. A few members of the resident deer herd could be seen from here.

The route back took us through Harpley village and up to Cockyhoop Cottage where we rejoined the Peddars Way back to the cars. The walk was 8.2 miles with a total ascent of just over 500ft.




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