Specialist Walks

All the specialist walks in chronological order.

28
Apr
2024

Walk 6: Mysterious Mosses and Lichens (Specialist Walk)

Sun Apr 28th 10:00 am -4:00 pm
£15.00

Distance: Approx 6 – 8 miles
Ascent/Descent: Undulating
Grade: 2, Moderate
Please allow a full day for this walk.

This walk is accessible by public transport as it begins and ends in the Market Place, Haltwhistle.

You say ‘litchen’; I say ‘liken’. Let’s call the whole thing ‘moss’. Except, of course, we can’t do that because mosses and lichens are not the same thing at all! Mosses and lichens play a hugely important role in a healthy ecosystem by absorbing carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air.  But what makes a moss a moss and a lichen a lichen, what can they tell us about the environment, and how do they feed and spread?  Join our local expert, Gordon Beakes, to learn more about these fascinating organisms which thrive on everything from rocks and walls to trees and the woodland floor.

29
Apr
2024

Walk 9: Hadrian’s Wall Rocks! (Special Interest Walk)

Mon Apr 29th 10:00 am -5:00 pm
£15.00
Distance: Approx 6 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx  660 feet
Grade: 2, Moderate

So sorry that this walk can no longer go ahead but it will be back again next year at Haltwhistle Walking Festival 26th April – 5th May 2025!

Ice, fire and water have all had a hand in creating our local landscape. Join Ian Jackson, local geologist and author of the best-selling book, Northumberland Rocks, and travel back in time with him to explore how ancient rocks have created an outstanding landscape which is now designated as a World Heritage Site. 

There are a couple of steep ascents to negotiate but the views and the knowledge gained will be well worth the effort. 

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

01
May
2024

Walk 14: Wild Flower Photography Walk (Special Interest Walk)

Wed May 1st 10:30 am -5:00 pm
£15.00
Distance: Approx 4 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 280 feet
Grade: 1, Easy
Please allow a full day for this walk.

 

This walk is accessible by bus from Hexham.

From the pretty little village of Wark we will take a leisurely walk along the banks of the River North Tyne, and through the woods, enjoying the spring flowers. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos along the route.

If water levels permit, and it is safe to do so, we will visit Gold Island, which stands in the River North Tyne. With any luck, the beautiful bluebells which grow there will be out!

Our return route offers excellent views across the North Tyne Valley.

The walk will be led by Kevin Hilton, who is an accomplished photographer. The group will also be encouraged to share their own knowledge and photographic techniques so be sure to bring your camera or mobile phone with you to capture what you see. A close-up lens may be helpful but no tripods, please.

02
May
2024

Walk 17: First and Last Brewery (Special Interest Walk)

Thu May 2nd 4:00 pm
£15.00 (includes cost of Brewery Tour)

Distance: Approx 4 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx. 550 feet
Grade: 2, Moderate

24th JAN: WALK UPDATED

This walk which begins with a steady climb to Hareshaw Linn, a beautiful 9 metre high waterfall. The tree lined route is full of wildlife, such as red squirrels, which you may be lucky enough to spot. This is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest which hosts rare ferns and lichens.

Following the walk, we will take a tour of the award winning First and Last Brewery and learn more about the science, art and history of beer making. We will also have an opportunity to sample some of their wares! There will be non-alcoholic options available for non-drinkers and designated drivers.

03
May
2024

Walk 20: Birds in Hadrian’s Wall Country (Special Interest Walk)

Fri May 3rd 10:00 am
£15.00
Distance: Approx 6 miles. 
Ascent/Descent: An undulating route
Grade: 2, Moderate
Please allow a full day for this walk.

 

Nick Leeming is a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic birdwatcher who has lived in Haltwhistle for many years. His bird walks in the Spring Festival are legendary and are always fully attended so early booking is advised.

The walk will start in Haltwhistle Market Place and follow a route down to the river South Tyne. Do not be surprised if many interesting birds are spotted whilst still in the town, but the plan is also to visit a range of different habitats including woodland, farmland and moorland. The actual route will depend on the weather and the birds.

Please do not wear bright clothing; the birds do not like it!

Also note that this is NOT a photography walk, but please bring binoculars if you have any.

05
May
2024

Walk 25: Wydon Farm Tea Walk (Special Interest Walk)

Sun May 5th 12:00 pm
£15.00

Distance: Approx 6.0 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 635 feet
Grade: 2, Moderate

The walk today starts and finishes at Wydon Farm. Our route takes us through woodland, across pastures, along a former railway line and past a lovely castle close to the River South Tyne. We will pass an interesting and unusual war memorial close to the course of a Roman Road and visit a picturesque bridge over the river before returning to Wydon Farm for our delicious and well-deserved tea.