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Posted:  Thursday 30th November 2017

North East Associates
Felton Walk

- Tuesday 28th November -

This last walk of the year 2017 was undertaken by fifteen Associates starting from the quiet village of Felton in Northumberland - quiet since the A1 bypass was built.

The weather forecast for wintry showers blown in by a cold north wind was accurate.  Suitably attired, we set off eastwards along the south bank of the River Coquet along field edges – rather muddy - and farm tracks on which guessing the depth of the water-filled pot-holes was fun.
The weather improved briefly at times, but not for long.

The group split to allow eight walkers to extend their walk by about a mile through a wood before re-joining the short-walk route.
After a short section on a quiet road we crossed the river and started the return half of the walk westwards along the north side of the river.

At this point we passed
a very sad memorial commemorating
the Guyzance Tragedy
when, on the 17th January 1945,
ten soldiers died when their boat
was swept over a weir during a
river crossing as part of a
training exercise.

They were members of the
Duke of Wellington’s
West Riding Regiment.

They were all just 18 years old.


Click the image to visit the
Memorial Website


The walk continued for the remainder of the 5½ miles on farm tracks, field edges and along a wooded riverbank back to Felton and the Northumberland Arms Hotel where lunch had been pre-ordered.

This was of very good quality, if a little slow in appearing for hungry walkers.

Stuart Calder

pictures:  john farrington

(sc  30/11/2017)

(ph  30/11/2017)

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