A Woolly Walk from Wooler

After my second visit to the Simonside Hills on my summer trip to Northumberland  I wanted to get back and explore more of the National Park, this time heading further north to the village of Wooler, a good base for exploring the area around The Cheviot.

View over Heather Moorland to The Cheviot

I set out along the lane from Wooler through woodland toward Brown’s Law and then out onto the open moorland below Fredden Hill.  Once beyond the hill, there were fine views to the south with The Cheviot looming in the distance.  The heather was in  full bloom in all directions, punctuated by the occasional sheep grazing in the sunshine.  I spent a bit of time at this peaceful spot and ate my lunch whilst shooting a timelapse video of the view over the moor to The Cheviot (YouTube clip).

Two Sheep Grazing in Heather Moorland

The track continued west towards Commonburn House, which I could see in the distance, but before reaching it I struck out to the north across access land.  I had thought this might be heavy going across the lovely heather moorland, but there was an obvious quad bike track to follow which made it easy to navigate – and also easy to spot the adder that slithered across the track in front of me, which was very pleasing as it was the first time I’d seen one!

The St Cuthberts Way over Heather Moorland near Wooler

The track eventually joined up with the St Cuthbert’s Way long distance path, where I turned back toward Wooler, passing below the peak of Gains Law and heading toward Humbleton Hill, where I took a detour from the St Cuthbert’s Way and climbed up to the top to the site of a hill fort with fine views to the village below, the moors and hills to the south and across the low land to the north east in the direction of Lindisfarne.

Sheep on the Slopes of Humbleton Hill near Wooler

On my descent of Humbleton Hill I got the feeling I was being watched and sure enough a group of sheep on the hillside were observing me closely, and by the time I reached the bottom of the hill I seemed to have picked up quite an audience!

Sheep on the Slopes of Humbleton Hill near Wooler

From here it was just a short walk on the lane through Humbleton and back into Wooler, after a very woolly walk!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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