Saturday, 19 August 2017

Fontburn Reservoir

Our August excursion took us to the lovely Fontburn Reservoir, within sight of the Simonside hills. It was nice to have Fred back with us.

Again the weather was fine but there was an unseasonably strong wind whipping up a few waves.
Fearns. You just cant escape them at this time of year!

Anne-Marie took the camera off me and decided I should be in the blog. I do like jumpers.

This is where we stopped for lunch. Ken was more than ready, as  Andrea is pointing out.

Jackson after being offered (and accepting) various lunchbox items.

Things got quite precarious.

Whatever happened, Margaret thought it was quite funny...

Wind and Wuthering...

This looks a fairly ordinary photo but seconds later there was great drama as Mary and Fred tumbled into a hidden stream. If I was a proper photographer I would have caught the action!

It was a good but tiring walk with some rough terrain. Even Jackson was weary by the end!
We stopped off at the Highlander Inn near Ponteland on the way back and planned our next walk (16th September).

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


This month the blog is one year old!
Ten of us plus three dogs had an 'unofficial' summer walk from Ford near the border. The weather was better than these photos suggest - the photographer should have worn a hat and suffered for it afterward.

A fine view of the Till valley and the Cheviots for our picnic spot, we just had to watch out for the cow pats!

This was Willow who was our guest today- he was thrilled to see the sheep.

More canine friends.

The walk was about 5 miles there and back and we passed the Ford Moss nature reserve which is on the site of a former coal mine. Further on we came to the 'secret' waterfall Roughting Linn. This is hard to find if you do not know it and involves negotiating a path that is not user friendly!

Sorry this ones is a bit fuzzy. Ken and John trying to do themselves an injury.

There were a few neolithic rock markings to look at and we then retraced our steps (sort of) and headed off home via a teashop. The heavens opened on the way back so once again Stella Strollers had all the luck with the weather.