How to join a walk
All walks must be pre-booked and numbers are limited. We use a booking agent, Bradsons, for all bookings. Walks and other events can be booked directly via a web link to Bradsons. We hope you will find this a simple and efficient way to book your walks. If you would prefer not to book online, you may book by telephoning Bradsons using a credit or debit card. You may also pay by cheque: ‘phone Bradsons first to make your booking and then send the cheque to them.
If you book to walk in one of our festivals, we take this to mean that you have read this page and agreed with our terms and conditions as stated here.
Which walk is for me?
The walk grades are described below. Please check the mileage for each walk and be sure that it is within your own capabilities. Although the walk leaders will do their best to set a pace to suit everyone, it is important to be sure you are fit for the walks you choose. Some people visiting Northumberland for the first time have been surprised by the wild beauty and the fact that very few footpaths have firm, dry surfaces! Do not let this deter you from booking.
Please read the detailed instructions for each walk, as well as the grade, to make sure you choose a walk to suit you. If walkers all book themselves on appropriate walks, it makes it easy for leaders to set a pace that suits each group. If you are unsure about a walk, please telephone us and discuss this.
Easy (E) These are walks with no steep ascents or descents and few stiles, taken at a leisurely pace.
Moderate (M) walks are for people with rural walking experience and a good level of fitness. Moderate pace.
Moderate plus (M+) walks. A moderate + walk will tend to be longer and the route will be over rougher ground. These are best for regular walkers who are used to the rougher terrain.
Strenuous (S) walks for experienced walkers with a high level of fitness. Moderate to brisk pace.
Strenuous Plus (S+) walks should not be undertaken unless you are very fit and know you are capable of coping with tough terrain and a faster pace.
Ascents and descents
We give the approximate ascents and descents for each walk. If you do not like hills, make sure you choose a relatively flat walk.
April is often a very good month for walking in this area. Sometimes the weather is warm and fine. April can provide early summer weather. Equally there may some cold and wet days. If we are unlucky and have bad weather, you will find each walk tougher than described.
What should I wear?
We recommend that all walkers wear comfortable and supportive footwear. In practice this nearly always means walking boots with good ankle support.
Please also remember suitable clothing such as waterproofs and sunhats. Waterproofs are essential on ALL walks. Please be aware that if there has been a lot of rain that some routes may be muddy and gaiters provide good protection. Denim jeans are unsuitable for the sort of walking we do, because the material becomes heavy and clings when wet.
A day pack for packed lunch, drinks and extra clothing is recommended. Walk leaders reserve the right to refuse to take anyone on the walk if they are not adequately equipped or if they place their own or the safety of other walkers at risk. This is particularly important on the longer more strenuous walks, where there are unlikely to be “escape points” where walks can be shortened.
Do I need to bring anything?
Some walks will indicate that you need to bring a packed lunch. It is always very important to bring plenty to drink. If you use medication (e.g. for asthma) please don’t forget to bring it with you. You may also like to bring a camera to capture the wonderful views along your walk. You may need sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, gloves, warm hats, etc.
If you have a medical condition that does not stop you walking, but might, on a rare occasion, cause you some difficulties, then please tell the leader about it confidentially at the beginning of the walk. If you have medication, please remember to bring it with you and carry it in the top pocket of your backpack. This is where we will look first if you take ill.
Which walks can children do?
Children over the age of 7 are welcome on the easy or moderate walks if they are accompanied by a responsible adult. They must wear appropriate clothes and footwear. The accompanying adult will be responsible for the welfare and supervision of the child/children at all times. Each child must have a booked place on the walks. Please tell us if you book a child on a walk.
Are dogs allowed?
The presence of a dog can scatter livestock and cause distress, therefore we cannot allow dogs to be taken on any of the walks. We regret any disappointment that this may cause.
If it is possible, we arrange for the starting points of walks to be accessible by public transport. Sometimes this is not practical. If you want to come on a walk and have no transport to the starting point, please contact us and we will see if we can arrange a lift for you. Sorry we cannot guarantee this.
We regret that we are unable to provide a refund if you have to cancel a walk. We will provide refunds for any walks or activities that we have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. (Be reassured, this is a very rare event.)