Tuesday, 12 July 2011

24 Jun 2011 – Cragside

The best forecast of the week prompted us to plan one of our favourite local walks.   The hill overlooking the village is part of Cragside Estate.   The house is owned by the National Trust, but the hills are open to hill walkers.
 The walk starts from Stuart’s house, and as we climb the hill we have views of the valley and his house
Rothbury is famous for the local countryside, and its award winning butcher.   He has recently opened a sandwich bar to cater for the many walkers who visit.  One of his beef “butties” is a full meal on its own.
The five mile walk is on good paths with excellent views.   We both left a pair of walking boots with Stuart, but you hardly need them on these good tracks.  Quite a change from the rocky paths we are used to in Spain.
It’s not as dramatic as some of our Spanish mountain views, but this view is pretty striking in its own way.   This is such a typically English walk, and when the weather is good it makes us appreciate how lucky we are to have access to both options.
It may have been the best weather of the week, but it was still pretty cold and grey for a mid June day.   But that made it all the more enjoyable, and we could look forward to a hot cup of coffee when we got home

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