28 May 2016

Wooler and the Cheviots

A few days in the good weather in the second week of May staying at Wooler youth hostel and doing a couple of walks in the Cheviot hills.Link to photo album here

After arriving late Monday afternoon I took a quick look up the Harthope Valley from the parking area near Langleeford before returning there again the next day for a clockwise walk up Harthope Burn,Cairn Hill, Auchope Cairn,The Cheviot,Scald Hill and back down Hawsen Burn to the car.

Langleeford and Hedgehope Hill
Lower Harthope Valley
Main street Wooler

Langleeford Hope
Harthope Linn
New flagstones floating on the peatbog
Cheviot summit trig

Hawsen Burn
Sheep stell
Harthope Burn and Housey Crags
The Wooler youth hostel building was home to the Women's Land Army during and just after the 2nd WW but then fell into disuse before being bought by the YHA.Externally it has quite a utilitarian appearance but the inside has been well adapted and refurbished with modern amenities. Like the Elenydd hostels it's another one which was sold off in the mid 2000s for being too nice and a proper youth hostel and is now run by the local Glendale Gateway Trust
As the way things go ,online bookings are still done via the YHA site.

Some shepherd's huts have been added by the Trust
The next day I did a walk from Old Yeavering based on the Tors Walk round of geocaches, parking at  Gefrin and going anti-clockwise up Easter Tor,Wester Tor,Hare Law,down to Commonburn House, with a final ascent to Yeavering Bell.
Gefrin and Yeavering Bell are steeped in history. The weather was a bit murky ,still warm but with a cold front promised.

Old Yeavering

Wester Tor
Commonburn watershed looking south to The Cheviot
Commonburn House

Yeavering Bell from the common
Summit cairn looking north
Remains of wall defences
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