I was supposed to be doing a 26 mile charity walk in July, along the Northumberland coast. Sadly, like so much else this year, it had to be cancelled.
To make up for it a little, I concocted my own challenge walk, which may have been lacking in length at just shy of 15 miles, but more than made up for it in hilliness, with over 2200 feet of ascent.
The route was a rough figure of eight, taking in Alwinton, Clennell Street, Copper Snout and Saugh Rigg (twice), Shillmoor, Usway Burn, Saughy Hill, and Pass Peth. I had a glorious day, bright and sunny, but very breezy, which kept the temperature down. The light was beautiful, and even the cows (my summer walking nemesis) were unthreatening.
I’m determined that I will get to walk along the coast at some point, but in the mean time, I’m quite happy to be in the hills.