Me and the dawg just did our bi-annual walk around the footpaths to the immediate North of Pie Towers – up to Roddymoor, skirting the disputed Kitty’s Wood and up on to the hill above Crook and around the back kind of thing. Avid readers may remember that many of the stiles had been repaired when we did this walk back in January, and one stile had been wired up with barbed wire, reported to the Council, and cleared. So, this time, I didn’t expect much in the way of footpath issues and, I was chuffed not to find any. Bruno enjoyed the trundle and the bounce around the field with no stock in it.
And its been that time of year when Maria at the council asks for plans for the winter guided walks programme, so I put a dozen walks in for that. Some are repeats and some are new. I’ll have to reccy the new ones fairly soon, and each gets a reccy a week before the walk takes place – so some get walked three times altogether.
This is what I’ve submitted: (No dates at the present cos they’re not confirmed)
October: Burble Well Baldersdale (this is new – cracking name for a place, though, eh?)
November: Cow Green – Langdon Beck – Cauldron Snout ( another new one – this is a classic Upper Teesdale one that appears in lots of guidebooks)
November: Bolts law from Blanchland - (New – cracking view, Grommit)
December: Advent walk around Crook – (Mince pies and coffee at St Cath’s afterwards)
December: Tunstall/Fawnlees (Seemed very poplier last time…)
January: Cowshill to Northumberland border. (repeated – high level, so it should be cold brrrrrrr)
January: Upper Weardale: Westgate – Bollihope (new , low-level winter walk)
February: Elephant Trees – Bollihope (repeat – this is not the same Bollihope as above. Several Bollihopes are available)
February: Hudeshope (repeat – hoping that the mud is frozen)
March: Westgate – Rookhope (repeat through Slitt Wood etc)
March: Bentley Beetham vs Hannah Hauxwell (repeat walk in Baldersdale)
March: Rookhope Burn (repeat.)
Phew. This should keep me busy, I would have thought….
By the way – the post title refers to The Lone Ranger, for those not of a certain age. It’s a joke, see?