Posted: Thursday 30th November 2017
North East Associates
- 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
They were members of the
Duke of Wellington’s
West Riding Regiment.
They were all just 18 years old.
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.
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