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Date   Pub/Tearoom
3 May 17
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BERWICK, 7.5 miles**, 4.5 hours.
This was more or less the same walk as two years ago (see below), also led by David. Weather was lovely: sunshine and blue skies although a trifle chillly and breezy too. The pace was brisk in the afternoon which was, perhaps, a bit too fast for me these days.
Most people repaired to the Leaping Salmon pub which, by all acounts, is much improved and certainly benefits from a great position above the river. But I went off looking for a tearoom and then had a little walk around Berwick and took some photos.

Forte's***
I went to the King's Arms (see below) but their coffee lounge wasn't open so walking back up the hill I saw this place advertising ice-cream. I went in and had one and as it was quiet and clean , I had a cup of tea as well. It was worth the stop, and the guy behind the counter kept the place open well after 5 p.m. just for me!

25 Apr 17
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WHITBY**, 6 miles, 3.5 hrs
Weather improved as we walked and Whitby welcomed us with blue skies and sunshine. Lovely, easy walk (apart from a set of steep steps) led by David with plenty of bracing fresh air and sea views.

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Hadley's Fish and Chips*
After my rave review of two years ago, we found the meal disappointing this time - not to mention pricy. But the restaurant is comfortable, quiet, and the service is quick.
19 Apr 17
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NENTHEAD**, 6 miles
Good walking weather (i.e. cool, breezy and, though sunless, there was no rain!). This short walk seemed longer because there were lots of stiles in the morning and a long trek uphill in the afternoon. However, the highpoint (led by David) was lunch at Ashgill Force - an impressive waterfall south of Nenthead.

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The Miners' Arms,***
The friendly staff had put on a wonderful spread for us with delicious multi-fruit scones and a selection of cakes. And wonderful value at 2.20 for tea (or coffee) AND a scone! Even the loos had had a makeover.

12 Apr 17
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CHATTON**, 6.5 miles
Sunshine and blue skies if a bit windy out of the sun. Easy, mostly level walk led by David with the highpoint being lunch at St. Cuthbert's Cave. The cave site was busy with walkers, bikers and families; it being the Easter Holidays.

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The Percy Arms**
This once run-down pub has had an impressive makeover and it is now very comfortable, if pricy. We stayed the night and the food and room were enjoyable but not excellent (considering the price).
22 Mar 17
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WEST WOODBURN**, 7 miles
Snow, low cloud and cold weather but the day improved revealing extensive views and historic architecture: Bronze age, Roman, and industrial. Adapting to the weather conditions Yvonne led us on an easy walk along tracks and mostly level terrain except for some steepish, but very brief, ascents through woods.

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Bay Horse Inn***
Comfortable pub with plenty of tables and they put on a good spread of scones and hot cross buns. £3.75 for a pot of tea and a fruit scone with butter and jam.
25 Jan 17

CARTS BOG**, 4 miles
Sunshine and blue skies on the walk to this pub south of Haydon Bridge. Ably led by David but I chickened out of the last steep section down into Staward Peel gorge. However, we spent a happy half hour or so in the sunshine watching the hunt amble lazily past until Ken came past and led us back to the pub.

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Carts Bog Inn**
Very liberal servings of tea and cheese scones from friendly staff. Excellent value at £2.90.

18 Jan 17
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LONGFRAMLINGTON*, 6.5 miles, 4.5 hrs
Dull but dry weather on this prequel walk to our annual celebratory dinner in The Granby. Easy walking and extensive panoramic views along the old coach road across Framlington Common but then it was mostly a bit of a plodge across flat farmland to our destination.

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The Running Fox***
Tearoom next to the paper shop is hard to spot but my pot of tea and slice of cake were delicious, as was their own-baked bread!
The Granby Inn**
Staff coped well with our 50 plus of weary walkers arriving for dinner from late afternoon. Prawn cocktail and roast beef to follow.

28 Dec 16
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ALNWICK*** 9 miles, 5 hrs
Clear blue skies and sunshine accompanied us on this lovely walk around Hulne Park led by Ken. Wonderful panoramic views of both the Cheviots and the coast, not to mention the monolith, statues, gates, the tower, priory and even a distant view of the ancient Abbey Gatehouse.

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The White Swan**
There are a plethora of refreshment opportunities in Alnwick but my companion fancied a pint so we went to this pub. Quiet and very spacious but at £7.60 for a pint and a cup of tea it was somewhat pricy!
30 Nov 16
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ROOKHOPE *** 6 miles, 5 hrs
Cold but fine weather with some misty sunshine which turned a lovely, rosy pink towards the end of the afternoon. A fierce but mercifully brief wind on the tops coming back. Yvonne led with some masterful navigation through mud and across the moors.

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The Rookhope Inn***
They had laid on tea and loads of scones, biscuits and mince pies for £3.00 a head!
23 Nov 16
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NEWBROUGH ** 8 miles, 5.5 hrs
Gorgeous sunshine and panoramic hilltop views on this walk from Hexham to Newbrough via Fourstones. Led by Yvonne, we did an extra couple of miles to avoid a path closure further along the river but they were well worth doing because we walked over Warden Hill and enjoyed the vistas.

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The Red Lion***
Gastro pub which provided a cup of tea (£1.00) and there was also some reportedly tasty cake. Stayed on for dinner there at 6 p.m. - very good!
16 Nov 16
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BELLINGHAM ** 6.5 miles, 4 hrs
The day started well with blue skies and sunshine beside the river but turned nasty up the hill in the afternoon. An interesting walk with varied scenery and panoramic views led by Yvonne.

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Fountain Cottage Café and Tea Room ***
Friendly café that stayed open and served us delicious scones and teacakes with lavish amounts of tea. £4.50

2 Nov 16
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GILSLAND *** 6 miles, 4.75 hrs
Fine, sunny weather on this lovely walk led by Yvonne up to Hadrian's wall with spectacular views and back down to Thirlwell castle and along the Vallum to Gilsland.

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The Bridge Inn **
Comfortable pub with willing staff. Toasted sandwiches were reportedly very good. Tea (with fill ups) was, I think, £1.50.
26 Oct 16
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SEAHOUSES***6 miles, 4,5 hrs
Fine weather with occasional bursts of sunshine. The sea was uncannily calm with a wonderful silvery sheen. Led by David, this was the usual gorgeous coastal walk with views of Dunstanburgh at the start and Bamburgh at the finish! And, of course, fish and chips and kippers a-plenty at our destination.

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Rosemary's Tea and Coffee House**
Despite the bad reviews on Trip Advisor, we enjoyed our tea and cakes here. Loo is a bit primitive (It's outside) but cafe is friendly and reasonable.
The Olde Ship***
Interesting old Inn with a warren of rooms.
19 Oct 16
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AYSGARTH***6.5 miles, 5 hrs
Fine weather until mid-afternoon when it began to drizzle just as we approached the famous falls. Otherwise a lovely walk from Wensley to Aysgarth led by David along the river Ure fringed with autumn colours and with distant views of Bolton Hall and Bolton Castle.

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The George and Dragon Inn***
Friendly pub serving good value pots of tea - no scones but the landlady was very keen to offer us sustenance on any future visits.

28 Sep 16
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DANBY*** 6.5 miles, 5 hrs
Fine but very windy weather for this circular walk, led by Yvonne, taking in Danby Beacon and some impressive views from Danby Hill. The old 14th century packhorse bridge is, disappointedly, not named 'Duck Bridge' after the bird nor what you should do beneath it but after an 18th century stone mason restorer, George Duck.

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The Stonehouse Bakery**
Very small but friendly tearoom in Danby, conveniently just at the foot of our path back into the village. Cup of tea: £1.60 - good value!
7 Sep 16
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PATELEY BRIDGE***, 8 miles, 5.5 hrs
Great walk to this amazing place. Led by Christine we avoided an overgrown path to reach the rocks by a roundabout way to the central area where we had lunch, ice-creams and coffee. The sun was hot and the views were superb.

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The Pancake House**
Conveniently located just at the end of the path along the Nidd, this tea-room was also still open. Friendly service with cups of tea and tasty cakes available. But the chairs were a bit uncomfortable.
3 Aug 16
Bamburgh Castle

BAMBURGH** 7 miles, ?4 hours
Only two photos for this walk, from west of Beadnell and then up the coast, because I found the pace a bit too fast for me to be able to stop and snap. I actually cut the 8.5 mile walk short by going into Bamburgh after 7 miles and missing out the extension on to the Stag Rock and back. The photo on the left is from a subsequent trip.

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Lord Crewe Arms***
Bamburgh is usually heaving in the summer holidays but I have always found the tea-room here to be peacefully equipped with spare seats as well as good coffee and cakes.
27 Jul 16
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BLAKEY RIDGE**, 7 miles, 4.5 hrs
Led by Yvonne we walked along the tops of the North York Moors enjoying fabulous panoramic views across Westerdale, Farndale and Rosedale until we arrived at our destination: The Lion Inn.

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The Lion Inn**
Very busy pub in what appears to be in the middle of nowhere but is actually on the Coast to Coast cycle route and much frequented by all kinds of travellers across the moors.
13 Jul 16
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COLDINGHAM***, 5.5 miles, 4.5 hrs
Superb walk, led by David, from the Visitor Centre along the clifftops to St. Abbs head and back past Mire Loch and St. Abbs village and then along the Creel Road to Coldingham.

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22 Jun 16
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JEDBURGH**, 7 miles
Interesting walk led by Christine around Jedburgh.

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15 Jun 16
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TAN HILL**, 6 miles,
Good walking weather, i.e. mostly overcast but occasional glimses of hazy sunshine and a light breeze and only a very few minutes of fine drizzle. Yvonne led us over the moorland to a delightfully hidden valley.
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The Tan Hill Inn**
Cup of tea (£1.20) and a piece of cake (£2.00) - very reasonable in this historic pub.
1 Jul 15

BERWICK** 7 miles, 4.5 hrs
Chilly breeze at times along the Berwickshire Coastal Path with grim views to the west but a plethora of butterflies, wildflowers and seabirds to the east. Led by David this was a fairly flat easy-going path ending with the most interesting approach into Berwick via the ramparts and barracks.

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The King's Arms Hotel***
After some searching for a tearoom we discovered this coffee lounge in the King's Arms. A pot of Earl Grey Tea and a scone with jam and cream was given ON THE HOUSE because we had had an initial wait to be served!

24 Jun 15

FEETHAM*** 7 miles, 4.5 hrs
Another delightful walk, this time along lovely Swaledale. We left Newcastle in rain (and returned to rain) but Swaledale was sunny and with a breeze to stop us getting too hot. Led by David, we ascended from Grinton to Low Harker Hill and then took a long leisurely stroll down to the river, across Isles Bridge and then up the road to Feetham.

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The Punch Bowl***
Spacious pub in this small peaceful hamlet. They provided us with plentiful tea or coffee together with a choice of scones or lemon drizzle cake as a £3.00 deal. Good value!

10 Jun 15

SEAHOUSES*** 7 miles, 5 hrs
Lovely, leisurely walk up the coast on a gorgeously sunny day. Led by David, we took our time and had a relaxed, picnic lunch resting against the sand dunes on the exquisitely empty stretch of beach north of Snook Point.
Seahouses is not the most attractive of coastal villages but it's a busy, bustling place, full of visitors scoffing fish and chips or drinking in the pubs with beer gardens looking out over the sea. I also discovered a smokehouse fish shop that I hadn't known about before: Swallowfish**

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The Olde Ship Inn***
Fascinating, busy pub but they swiftly made me a welcome pot of tea for £1.50.
Neptune**
Takeaway Cod, chips & mushy peas: £6.00. OK, but the chips were disappointing and had to be thrown away.
3 Jun 15

ROSEDALE ABBEY*** 8 miles, 5.5 hrs
Lovely walk, led by Sue, up this beautiful valley where the cherry on the cake was the tea-room in the farm at the head of the valley. We then climbed up to a higher level and strolled back again with views down the valley to the village.

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Dale Head Farm Tea Garden***
Half-way round the walk, we couldn't resist stopping at this tea-garden conveniently located at the head of the valley. £2.00 for a large pot of Earl Grey Tea.
Coach House Inn**
Back in the village at 5:30 the Inn was still serving drinks in the large and pleasant beer garden.
27 May 15

ALSTON** 10.5 miles, 5.25 hours
Cloudy and cold with just the odd glimmer of sun until the last three miles when it rained miserably. However, we were well led by Christine over the moors, along Isaac's Tea Trail and down to the river South Tyne and then an easy stroll along beside the Railway to Alston.

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Alston House Hotel**
Very conveniently located just opposite the coach park (no walking up the hill into town!). Lemon cake was reportedly very good but my scone had seen better days. So not good value at £5:00 for a mocha coffee and a scone with jam and cream.
22 Apr 15
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WHITBY*** 5.5 miles, 5 hrs
Gorgeous walk in glorious sunshine taking in all the delights of Whitby and its surroundings. Led by Yvonne, we walked down from the abbey and through the town to the village of Ruswarp then back again and along the beach.

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Hadley's Fish and Chips***
What would a trip to Whitby be without Fish and Chips? And the Fish and Chips at Hadley's was very good. A surprising number of Ramblers seemed to end up there too!
15 Apr 15
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BRAMPTON**, 8.5 miles, 4.5 hours
Led by David we walked north from Hallbankgate to Low Row (lunch break) and on to Lanercost where we stopped for a good look around before turning back and heading south to Brampton. The morning was wet and dreary but then the sun came out and we walked through sunshine in the afternoon.

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Off the Wall Coffee Shop**
Pot of tea and a piece of coffee cake: £4.50.
8 Apr 15
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BONCHESTER BRIDGE* 7.5 miles. 4.5 hours
A sunny, springtime walk through a still wintry landscape in the Borders. There was a lot of road walking but the highpoint was the short detour to the romantic ruin of Abbotrule church.

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HORSE AND HOUNDS**
Right in the middle of this very small hamlet.

4 Feb 15
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MELDON** 6.5 miles, 5 hrs
Pleasant, leisurely, level walk led by Yvonne along sunny woodland tracks and fields sprinkled with a dusting of snow. Starting just west of Hartburn, we walked down Dragon's Den (he didn't make an appearance) and across the Hart Burn to Longwitton and along to a short, sunny section of the Devil's Causeway (he didn't appear either) and back via tracks and roads to Meldon Park Corner and the welcoming Dyke Neuk pub.

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Dyke Neuk pub*** Meldon, Morpeth, Northumberland.
Friendly pub with lots of room for everyone. Coffee £2.20 with free digestive biscuits on the tables!
21 Jan 15
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CARTS BOG* 6 miles, 4.5 hrs
Dank day's walk led by Sue. We started south of Haydon Bridge then walked uphill through overgrown woodland paths to Elrington and then turned right through farmland and a few more woods descending eventually to Langley Castle. Quiet roads and tracks then led us to Lough Green where some of us weaker souls took a shortcut along the road and back down to the nice, warm pub .

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Carts Bog Inn **
No free cakes this year but a good cup of coffee (even if I did have to wait a long time for it!).
14 Jan 15
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WARKWORTH*** 8 miles, 5 hrs
Gorgeous, sunny walk led by Sue up Druridge Bay to the mouth of the Coquet River past a plethora of water birds. We walked past a crystalline Ladyburn Lake and then down to the beach with a backdrop of a Meditteranean blue sea and sky. And the cherry on the cake was Warkworth and its castle and a welcome cup of tea in the Topsy Turvey Tearoom.

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Topsy Turvey Café ***
Friendly tearoom with a good array of cakes, scones, flapjacks, etc.
Pot of Earl Grey tea: £1.75
22 Jan 14
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EGLINGHAM*** 7 miles, 4.5 hours
Beautiful walk led by David up the hill to the abandoned Blawearie farm. And the sun came out when we arrived so we were treated to spectacular views and blue skies. We then set off across the moors past pre-historic remains and modern wind turbines where we paused a while to debate the merits of renewable energy sources. Then a gentle downhill stroll to Eglingham, where we arrived in such good time that we stopped to visit the 13th century church of St. Morris. We finished the superb day with our annual celebratory meal at the welcoming Tankerville Arms where Sally and Bob treated us to some musical entertainment.
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Tankerville Arms***
Large friendly pub with plenty of space for us all to sit down for a good dinner followed by music from Sally and Bob (our driver).

27 Nov 13
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SHOTLEY BRIDGE* 7 miles, 4.5 hours
Good weather, easy terrain and autumn colours on this walk from Rowlands Gill to Shotley Bridge but not much in the way of extensive views.

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The Crown and Crossed Swords***
Excellent tea and scones a-plenty, specially laid out for us upstairs.
21 Nov 13
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RIDSDALE*, c.6 miles, 4.5 hours.
Although thee were occasional shafts of sunlight, icy wind and freezing rain spoiled this walk which, in good weather, would have been spectacular. But, as it was, we were forced to turn back twice, first by boggy conditions and then by fallen trees. However Ken found some easy diversions for us and even got us back early by cutting off the very last bit of the planned walk.

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The Gun Inn**
I didn't make any notes on the refreshments here and memory fails me (so I assume it was neither very good nor very bad).
13 Nov 13
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HAMSTERLY** c.8 miles, c.5 hours
Stunning colours on this autumnal walk. Yvonne and Sue took us along easy, mostly flat forest tracks passing some gloriously bedecked trees and not to mention some interesting sculptures. Chilly weather but it stayed fine and we even had some sunshine in the afternoon, which helped us along some of the muddy bits on the way back beside the beck.

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The Cross Keys**
I didn't make any notes on the refreshments here and memory fails me (so I assume it was neither very good nor very bad).
24 Jun 13
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RICHMOND*** 8 miles, c.5 hours
Most memorably gorgeous walk along Swaledale. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the grass was oh, so green and the meadows full of buttercups.

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Lots of cafés and pubs in Richmond but my previous favourite has moved - I think to Edwina's Cakes. But untried as yet.
20 Mar 13
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GILSLAND*** 9 miles, 5 hours
Lovely, circular walk led by Ken on day where the forecast cloud and snow turned out clear and sunny. We set off along the path beside the Wall and down to the Roman Bridge, across the River Irthing and up again along the trail past Birdoswald until we reached the Comb Crag woods where we descended to the river through the Comb Crag Gorge then up the minor road via Lanerton to Denton and the lovely 12th century church and bastle house then down again through some very wet water meadows and up again to our start point and tea in Mumps Hall.
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House of Meg tearoom ***
Warm, comfortable tea room where they stayed open especially for us. Scones were highly praised by those partaking.
Pot of tea: £1.50
House of Meg, Mumps Hall Tearoom History link to information
13 Mar 13
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CRASTER *** 8 miles, 5 hours
Super walk led by Yvonne which takes an elongated figure of eight path from Craster up to Low Newton and back again with the magnificent ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle (almost) always visible. From Craster via the Heughs; Dunston Square; Low Newton; Dunstanburgh Castle; Craster. Voted one of the top ten walks by the Independent and The Guardian. Constantly changing weather from freezing rain and hail to sunshine and blue skies. Craster kippers still available from Robsons but the Shoreline Café was closed.
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The Jolly Fisherman **
A bit squashed with us all in this newly refurbished and much more expensive pub (which used to be a cheap and cheerful soup and sandwiches place).
Tea, no scones.
6 Mar 13
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GREAT AYTON** 8.5 miles, c.5.5 hours
Led by Ken on a dank, cold, misty day past Jubilee Plantation; Starvation Clump; Nunthorpe Hall; Eastfield Farm; along flat, fairly featureless field tracks to Newton under Roseberry where the looming North York Moors would have been spectacular but for the cloud and fog. We ascended to Roseberry Common with stunning views then down past Aireyholme Farm and Rye Hill to Great Ayton. Lots to see in Great Ayton: a church, museum and Petch's Pie Shop.
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Stamps Tea Room**
Friendly service, good display of cakes and scones. Pot of tea: £1.50

Meanwhile the drinkers went to The Royal Oak.

27 Feb 13
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CARTS BOG** 8.5 miles, 5 hours
The coach made its way along the Tyne Valley in thick mist but on reaching the hills above to the south, we emerged onto the B6305 in brilliant sunshine. But then we walked down into the mist via: Elrington and Dinnetley Wood. The mist lifted and we enjoyed wonderful warm sunshine through Light Birks Bank Plantation; Castle Farm; East Deanraw; Langley; Foul Brig; Sillywrea; Harsondale Law and finally to Carts Bog. Led by Derek.
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Carts Bog Inn ***
Friendly service, plenty of seating, and we even were treated to loads of tempting cakes "on the house".

20 Feb 13

No photos!
I forgot my camera!

MELDON** c.7 miles
Again the walk leaders had a difficult job, devising walks in a new location at the last minute. This was because, first, the destination pub at Knowesgate was unavailable (closed down) and then the destination pub at Middleton was unavailabe (landlord incapacitated) so we went instead to the Dyke Neuk near Meldon. And what promised to be a rather pedestrian walk turned out to be quite interesting as we headed off into the unknown after successive rivers and fields became impassible. Our leader, David, ingeniously solved the the problems through a clever combination of map-reading and observational skills.

Dyke Neuk pub,*** Meldon, Morpeth, Northumberland
Comfortable country pub with plentiful seating, spotless loos and very good tea and scones.
Pot of tea £1.60 and a delicious slice of Triple Chocolate Gateau with cream £2:00.
13 Feb 13
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DURHAM** 4 hours
The planned Wolsingham walk was cancelled because of bad weather so the leaders cleverly devised some less dangerous walks to or around Durham instead. This potentially lovely riverside walk, led by Dave, was somewhat marred by the huge tree that had fallen across the path and which took some negotiating but was successfully navigated with the help of the valiant gentlemen with us (see photos). And we arrived back at the Cathedral in plenty of time to look around and visit the Undercroft Café.

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The Old-Fashioned Tea Shop**, above Salon 32, Silver Street, Durham
Friendly service in an attractive old building in Silver Street.
Mocha Coffee: £2:30
The Undercroft café ** in the Cathedral precinct.
Pleasant café, reasonable prices: pot of tea: £1.60
6 Feb 13
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ALLENDALE** 8 miles, 5 hours
Circular walk via Wooley Scar; Wooley; Wager House; Frolar Meadows; Carriers Way; Lead Chimneys; Fell House; High Oustley; Thorney Gate; Allen Mill Bridge. Led by Derek.
Overcast at first but with shafts of sunshine appearing later. Dustings of snow higher up and a little muddy and slippery at times. Lovely walk, with extensive views, mostly through farmland. Included an ascent up Carriers' Way alongside the impressive smelting flue (constructed 1808 and 1845-50) helpfully explained by Derek.

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Allendale Bakery Café, ** Unit 2, Allen Mill
Friendly service at this bakery outlet by the river one mille from the town. Pot of Tea and a warmed slice of Blueberry Cake with cream, £4.50.

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30 Jan 13
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BELFORD*** 8 miles, 5.5 hours
Circular walk via Westhall; Swinhoe Farm; Fawcet Hill; Greymare Farm; Detchant; Sunnyside Crag and back to Belford. Planned and led by Yvonne.
Wonderful sunny day with marvellous sea views across to Holy Island. An excellent walk despite having to tackle some serious mud and wind.

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The Blue Bell Inn,***
Comfortable pub with friendly staff.
A pot of tea, which came with a chocolate, £1.60.

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Sunday Lunch Walks

Date Pub Walk
10 Feb 2008 Carts Bog Inn
**
Pheasant Casserole
SeaBass
??
**
Down to Staward Peel and back again.  Two hours.  Very steep and muddy.  Some good views.
17 Feb 2008 The Fishing Boat Inn, Boulmer
***
Roast Beef
Roast Lamb
Trifle
**
Up the coastal path to Sugar Sands and almost to Howick.  Then back again.  Two hours.
24 Feb 2008 The Railway Inn, Fourstones
**
Roast Beef
Steak and Ale Pie
Sticky Toffee Pudding
**
Fourstones to Bridge End along the river then onto the confluence of the South and North Tyne.  Back again to Quality Cottages and up to Warden Hill (wonderful views) and then down into Fourstones.  About three hours.

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