Saturday, 19 November 2016

Blanchland Moor in the snow

We arrived in Blanchland Forest on a crisp and icy morning for a 4.5 mile walk although there was some debate about this afterward with 8.5 miles being recorded by some fancy device (could that have been km?)

 Anne and Mary showed us what attire is on trend for the coming winter

And so we set off.

Blanchland moor had a good covering of snow but fortunately the wind kept down. Having said that, something blew in front of the lens below!

Jackson led the way

Pennypie house is amongst the trees left of centre. This is where Lead miners used to go to get a pie (for a penny)

It often starts to rain when we stop for lunch. This time it sleeted on us but it turned out nice again as we started to pack up.

Some sheeps

It got a bit rough underfoot towards the end

This might make a country retreat for someone

Time for a breather

Did we leave someone behind?

It was agreed that this had been a grand walk. Thanks to Andrea for leading it. We stopped off at the Slayley arms on the way back to warm up.

Next walk is Dec 10th (and our Christmas meal)

Monday, 24 October 2016

Annual dinner

This is where we ditch our waterproofs and muddy boots and get smartened up. Yes its the third annual autumn dinner. Stella strollers began with a walk around Hulne Park  (Alnwick) in September 2013 and what a lot of fun we have had since!
Being someone who probably gives out a lot of certificates, Andrea got one of her own - well done!

The dinner was at the South Causey Inn near Tanfield. Your high society photographer took some snaps but if you want any taken off just let me know!

This is Marie telling it how it is.

At the other end of the table...

Who is this distinguished looking gent?

Kathleen says cheers...

Marion, Ann and..... how did I end up in that picture?

A good night was had. If I get any more pictures I will post them up.
The next walk is on November 19th. I don't know of the location but the list will be put out soon I am sure.

Saturday, 22 October 2016


This was a  change to the earlier idea of walking to Hareshaw Lynn waterfall (that was too short to be a proper walk). John led us on a route through woods and moorland around Bellingham instead.
Marie thinks its that way 
After a bit of road walking we entered the woods...
This looked like a set from the Hobbit films.

That's not a cricket ball - it is a Fly Agaric

Some classy looking sheep...

The weather was definitely autumnal and as often happens it started drizzling as we ate lunch. However, some of us got warmed up when Peter started offering rum and gingerbread biscuits!

Things brightened up toward the end

St Cuthbert's Bellingham is an interesting church. It appears to have a lively parish community It also has a vaulted stone slate roof- the only one in the country I am told (by Marie). 

In the churchyard is the Lang Pack..

This was an 18th century Trojan horse that went wrong.This Northumberland folk tale is described here .

The Black Bull pub was closed so we went to the Rose and Crown and then home to rest and get ready for the annual dinner tonight (report to follow).

Thanks to John for guiding us and  Andrea for driving us as always.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Devils Water & Slaley Forest

This months walk was led by Andrea. It was a wiggley-windy route through woods and farm tracks for about four and a half miles. We were blessed with fine weather throughout.
Near the start (and end) of the walk. I guess this was a less tranquil spot in bygone times.
Near the start we met an almighty flock of  Ducks by the river. These were just some of them...

When we got into the woods Andrea had to warn us about the ant hills. You do not want to stand too  near to these for any length of time!.

Ants were not the only creepy-crawlies. ....

The midges were also to be reckoned with- as I discovered the day after.

Stopping for an early lunch, Marie found the biggest crisp in Stella Strollers history!

Jackson is hopeful when it comes to pork pies...

Here we are deciding that the next walk will be Oct 22nd. Bellingham to Hareshaw Lynn and back.

It was muddy in places.

We finished with drinks at the Travellers rest nr Slayley and some of us had a well earned rest. 

Thanks to Andrea for a very enjoyable stroll. If anyone has any pics of the day that they would like to add just let me know.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Welcome Stella Strollers and friends to the first of what will hopefully be a report of our various excursions.
This month we had a break from the usual trips but a few of us arranged a day out that was somewhat further afield. Andrea, Phillip, Mary, Ken and myself took the minibus over the Pennines to Dufton. On the way we took the scenic route which needed a little imagination due to the thick fog. As we entered Cumbria the mist suddenly cleared and summer arrived!

After a couple of false starts we got on to the Pennine Way making a steady climb  towards High Cup Nick.

I forgot to mention that we had two other walkers - Zak the Collie (see above) and Jackson.

Note the sunshine. Not often seen on the Pennine Way I am told!
Yes it was a steady climb. That hill in the background is called Dufton Pike.
We had a stop and I took a portrait of this handsome fellow...
Climbing over and time for lunch. Blowy up there!
On to High Cup Nick which is a glaciated valley and some of the best views on the Pennines.

Some folk on the valley floor. Not sure how they got down there!

One last view before turning back.

This was a 'there and back' walk of ~ 7 miles. There is a longer circular route  but if we did that we would  have missed  afternoon tea at the village post office in Dufton (sorry no photos of that event).

It was more strenuous than the usual Strollers walk but the weather and the fine views made for a great day out.

Next walk is September 10th.