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Posted:  Wednesday 26 April 2017

A walk from Rowlands Gill for
North East Associates

- Tuesday 25th April -

Thirteen walkers met up in Rowlands Gill, to the south-west of Newcastle, despite the weather predictions of "wintry showers".

These fears proved unfounded as we enjoyed a walk in dry but cold conditions.
The walk, in the attractive woodlands of the Derwent valley, started off along a reclaimed railway track before climbing through woods to give good views of the valley and Chopwell Woods.

A descent lead to the river and Lintzford Mill, a former water-driven paper mill which has been updated to apartments without spoiling its Georgian history.

Lintzford Mill

A short climb returned us to the railway line where the obligatory refreshment break was taken on the well-preserved remains of a station platform.  Interestingly the station house standing nearby is the site of an unsolved murder.

When will the train arrive?

The walk continued up the line to High Hamsterley and then returned back down the line to the car park crossing over several viaducts with excellent views of the countryside but not alas the Red Kites for which the area is noted.

On one of the many viaducts

On this return leg we were rejoined by the two hardy souls who did an additional loop off the line to view a waterfall on the Pont Burn, trying to find the stepping stones across the burn and then passing Hamsterley Hall, once owned by Lord Gort who was Commander of the British Expeditionary Force in France before Dunkirk.

We were joined by five non-walkers for an enjoyable lunch in the ‘Red Kite Inn’
- during which the hail stones arrived!

Stuart Calder

pictures & captions:  ged downey

(ph:  26/04/2017)

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