Fourstones to Wark – 14 September 2019
We are off to that oddly named and pronounced place on Saturday. It’s a walk to Wark, but the place is sometimes called Walk-on-Tyne to distinguish it from another place in Northumberland close to Coldstream called Wark-on-Tweed. As most people will not be aware that there is a place called Wark-on-Tweed it is probably safe to continue to call the more southerly one Wark. Back before 2009, Wark formed part of a district called Tynedale and as it was the capital town it had ownership of a town hall as opposed to a village hall. Tynedale ceased to exist after 2009 and now Wark is part of Northumberland County Council.
All the routes will be heading down the Tyne Valley on the coach, past Hexham and turning off the A697 road at a place called Bridge End. This is where the 11-mile route gets off and heads north towards Warden Hill and the Iron Age Fort on the summit. From there the route goes further north and passes through Carr Edge Plantation where the first Boy Scout camp was held in 1908. The camp was attended by General Baden-Powell and was occupied by some 30 boy scouts. From Carr Edge, the route goes north again and crosses the Roman Wall not far from Brocolitia Roman Fort. After crossing the Wall the route goes north for a further 5 miles before coming into Wark.
After the 11-mile route has got off the coach at Bridge End the coach continues on the minor road to Fourstones which is where both the 10-mile and 12-mile routes start from. They both follow the same route west along the River South Tyne and then north, crossing the Roman Wall close to Brocolitia Roman Fort. From there the two routes separate with the 12-mile route heading further west before crossing Warks Burn at Ramshaws Mill. The 10-mile route just goes straight north after leaving the Roman Wall and also makes its way into Wark by crossing Warks Burn at Ramshaws Mill.
The image for this post was taken on our last visit to Wark at the beginning of October 2015. As you can see, or not see, in the photograph the group disappears into the fog and it stayed this way for most of the day.
|Walk No. 19||Fourstones to Wark||14 September 2019|
|Area: Northumberland||Map: OL 43|
10 miles Moderate
Riverside Path west to Crow Wood – Back Lane Wood – North Plantation – Brocolitia Fort – Cross over B6318 at Grid Ref NY856712 – Slaterfield Fell – Pit Wood – Low Moralee – Ramshaws Mill – Woodley Shield – Wark
11 miles Moderate
Start: Bridge End
Warden Hill – Whinney Hill – Carr Edge Plantation – Carr Edge – Lane House – Carrawbrough Farm – High Teppermoor – Teppermoor Hill – Tecket – Greenhaugh – Fenwickfield – Allgood Farm – Conshield – Latterford – Wark
12 miles Moderate
Riverside Path west to Crow Wood – Back Lane Wood – North Plantation – Brocolitia Fort – Cross over B6318 at Grid Ref NY856712 – Slaterfield Fell – The Carts – Barley Hill – Ravensheugh Crags – Catless – Pea Hill – High Moralee – Ramshaws Mill – Woodley Shield – Wark
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