Forthcoming Events and Walks updated 6/6/2019

Forthcoming Walks and Events

All full-length walks start at 10.00am unless otherwise stated. Short walks start at 11.00am unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday 16th June:            Day Away – Weardale Way to Bishop Auckland

Sunday 7th July:               St Oswald’s Way – Great Whittington to Heavenfield – LONG WALK

Sunday 21st July:              Segedunum to the Sea This event starts at 09.30AM includes a Boat trip – SHORT WALK

Sunday 4th August:           Hartburn to Rothley Crags – LONG WALK

Saturday 17th August:       Short Walk and Lunch – Elsdon

Sunday 1 September:        Swarland Circular – LONG WALK

13 – 16 September:            Weekend Away – Whitby.

Walk Information

If in doubt about any aspect of a forthcoming walk, e.g. the number of stiles, please contact the walk leader for advice. Phone numbers are in the walk details in Trackchat. If, on your journey, you become aware that you may be late for the start, please ring the walk leader as it may be possible for the group to wait for you.


If you have booked a seat on the coach but are unable to go on the walk, it would be very helpful if you could let Jennifer know so that someone else may be able to have that seat.

Please don’t just turn up for a seat on the coach, check with Jennifer first in case the coach is fully booked.


Members, please make sure you have your current membership card with you and that it is easily accessible in your rucksack.

It is the responsibility of each member to carry their own first aid kit with them.


Sunday 16th June: Coach Day Away - Weardale Way to Bishop Auckland following the River Wear

Time:                        9 am.

Distance:                 7.5 miles (long) 5miles (short)

Grade:                      Moderate.

Map:                         Explorer 305

Leaders:                  Bill Godfrey, Tony Regnart, Bob Preston and Paul Clarkson

Pick up point / details:     Pick up for Coach will be from Silverton Ct. Cramlington NE23 7RY 

How to get to pick up point:  From the Moor Farm roundabout, drive behind MacDonald’s, follow road up to Silverton Court, which is on your R hand side, just before reaching the Willow Farm pub.  An alternative way is, go through Cramlington, cross the A19, turn L at the roundabout opposite Silbury Skoda, pass the pub, and it’s on your L hand side.

Walk details: The coach will drop off the long walkers at Sunderland Bridge, which is situated 3miles south of Durham city, then walk the 7.5miles to B. Auckland. The coach will then drop off anyone who has opted for the short walk further down at Jubilee Bridge, for them to walk the remaining 5miles into B. Auckland. Any members who do not want to do either walk will stay with coach and be dropped off in B. Auckland, where the Bishop’s Palace is open to the public after a lengthy renovation in 2018; also, a Miners’ Art Museum will be open, and of course the inevitable coffee shops.

***If anyone is not quite sure about the pickup point let me know in good time

Sunday 7th July: St Oswald’s Way- Great Whittington to Heavenfield

Distance:                 8 miles (but look for further details in the June Trackchat)

Time:                       10.00am

Grade:                      Mostly easy walking over fields

Leaders:                  Jackie Jones and Jenny Ellis

Start Point:              Great Whittington. Grid Ref NY 9837 8031. Post code: NE19 2HP

How to get there:   Great Whittington: see next Trackchat for details

Walk details: This is the last section of St Oswald’s Way, with only about 5 miles left to go. However, it’s a long way to go for a short walk, so we are planning to do it as a circular, or possibly extend it beyond Heavenfield. Since it is the last section, we will try to include options for those who do not want to do a long walk.

Sunday 21st July: Segedunum to the Quayside and Boat Trip

OS Map No:    88

Grid Ref:         NZ 303662

Distance:         5 miles - Easy

Leaders:          Paul Clarkson, Bob Preston and Tony Regnart.

Time:               9.30am – Note the earlier start.  

Start:              Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend.

How to get there:  Segedunum is easily reached by either Metro or bus.

Getting off at Wallsend Metro or Bus Station, turn right (under bridge from platform 1) onto Station road. The Job centre plus building will be opposite, then turn right at traffic lights onto Buddle Street. Continue 100yds, Segedunum is on the left.

By car from North, take the A19 south and at the Silverlink roundabout take the 4th exit onto A1058 coast road. Continue west for 1 mile then take the Wallsend slip road, turn left at end of slip road then turn right at mini roundabout. Continue alongside Coast Road for 1/2 mile then take 1st exit at roundabout onto Station Road. Continue past 2 sets of traffic lights through Wallsend, then turn right before train bridge onto Atkinson Terrace. Parking is 100yds on the right.

Approaching from Newcastle, take the A1058 coast road east from Newcastle and take the Wallsend slip road. At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto Station road continue past 2 sets of traffic lights through Wallsend, then turn right before train bridge onto Atkinson Terrace. Parking is 100yds on the right.

On leaving car park continue to end of Atkinson Terrace. Turn right, head under bridge Job Centre Plus building is on the left. Turn right at traffic lights. Segedunum is 100yds on the left.

Walk details: 

The walk will start at the museum and follow the old riverside line and Hadrian’s Way to the quayside in Newcastle. There we will board the River Escapes boat and take the ‘Quay to City ‘cruise

This one-hour cruise offers views of the famous city landmarks and the panorama of the Tyne gorge, talking in all seven bridges.

 The cruise is complimented by a recorded commentary and there is a bar, tea, coffee and light refreshments which can be bought on board. Anyone wanting to do just the cruise is welcome to join us at the River Escapes jetty near Pitcher and Piano.

The cost of this cruise is Adults £7.00, concessions £6.00, and £5.00 for children 2-12.

The boat sails at 1.30pm, giving us time to do the walk at a leisurely pace, and have lunch before boarding.

Don’t forget your bus / Metro pass for the return journey.

Sunday 4 August 2019: Hartburn to Rothley Crags

Grid Ref:         NZ084866

Distance:         8 miles

Grade:             Moderate

Time:               10.00 am

Leader:            Bob Preston

Starting Point: Car park on roadside outside Hartburn (Dragon’s Den)

How to get there:  Travel to Morpeth and take road to Mitford and continue along B6524 to Hartburn. Continue through Hartburn village and the car park is outside the village on the right-hand side of the road just past the derestriction sign.

Walk Details: A pleasant walk through woodland and open countryside.  Start with a climb down to Longwitton Dene then up the other side then a fairly level walk through the Dene, then across to Southwitton, walking up to Hill End and across to Rothley Park and Rothley Crags. Hopefully stop at foot of crags for lunch and optional visit up to castle with fine views. Return via Rothley, Whitridge and Southwitton. Mixture of woodland road, fields, farm track and road and 3 stiles. Slight climb at the end back to the starting point.

SATURDAY 17th August: Short walk and Pub Lunch at Elsdon. 

Lunch at the Bird in the Bush Elsdon NE19 1AA

Starting point:           The lay-by outside or near the pub.

Time:               11.00am walk, 1.30 lunch

Distance:         3 miles

Leader:            Bill Godfrey

Grade:             Moderate

Mobile:           Bill Godfrey & Jennifer

Starting point: The lay-by outside or near the pub.

Walk details: A stroll around Elsdon, visiting some interesting features of the village – the church, the Pele Tower and the twin mounds that once formed a motte and bailey fortification. The lunch is booked for 1.30pm. Menu enclosed for replies to Jennifer ASAP.

How to get there: There are various roads to Elsdon but the most direct and probably the easiest is the Ponteland road, A696. Turn right just before Otterburn onto the B6341, alternatively, it’s Morpeth, Scot’s Gap then at Cambo turn right. When you get to a big bend you will see a sign for Elsdon to the left.

Sunday 1st September 2019:  Swarland Circular

OS Map:          Explorer 332-325

Grid Ref:         064 033

Distance:         7-8 miles

Time:               10:00 am

Grade:             Easy but could be a bit muddy

Leaders:          Nick Barnes and Jen Graham

Starting Point: ‘Nelsons at the Park’, Swarland. Car park beside Nelsons Café.

How to get there:  A1 North from Morpeth.  When you see the sign for the Felton turn-off you are close to your turn-off on the left signed Swarland / Longframlington,  then turn right straight away and you pass Nelson’s monument before taking the first left and continuing to the crossroads (by the school) where you turn left and go straight on until you see the sign for ‘Nelson’s at the Park’ where you turn left for the car park. 

Walk Details:  There is some road work before walking over farm land and a woodland farm track. Some stiles. There are two steep sections by the stream and poles may be useful.