Sunday, January 19, 2020

Walk - Detchant Woods to Holburn Moss circular.

Map of Walk. Stars are - Top right -  Car Park on verge, Bottom edge - St Cuthberts Cave stop and Greensheen Hill Trig Point stop.
Today dawned frosty clear and clam, an ideal morning for a wander in the North Northumberland hills.

As you would imagine for the time of year things were quiet but we did see one or two bits of interest and of course the views are always superb. We had fresh air, excercise, natural history, ancient history and some sunshine. Just the job.

Park at NU 0823 3730 Walk Distance - 11.37km / 7.06 miles Going - Good paths with some low hills.

Of note we saw Treecreeper, a few Goldcrests, several finch flocks of up to 200 birds each containing Goldfinch, Linnet, Siskin and Redpoll, a Goshawk was calling strongly in the forest but quietened on our approach and remained unseen, Crossbill 12+. On the ponds were 100+ Teal, 10+ Wigeon, 20+ Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck. 1 Raven sat on the trig point before we got up there, 12+ Red legs flushed from St Cuthberts Cave and a Jay was calling in the woods. 2 Buzzards flew around calling.

In the 7 miles walk we only passed one group of three people with two dogs who chatted and were soon on their way.

The beginning is through mixed woodland.

John or maybe Freddie Kruger....

Dow Crag Lough

Dow Crag Lough facing East towards Holy Island, Lindisfarne.

St Cuthberts Cave

Above -  Old graffiti.

Above - Hibernating Bat , experts decree this to be one of the Myotis species likely a Whiskered Bat.

Above - St Cuthberts Cave

View East from Trig Point at Greensheen Hill taking in Lindisfarne, The Farnes, Bamburgh Castle and Budle Bay.

From the same spot as above, the view West takes in the Cheviot Hills.

Holburn Moss had a decent number of wildfowl on it.

Track down.


Steve Gale said...

I felt as if I had accompanied you on that walk. More of this please Stewart.

Michael Holmes said...

Where did he get that hat!?

Gavin Haig said...


In the lovely weather we had at the weekend, anywhere coastal will be busy. But inland I reckon it would be pretty easy to walk 7 miles and encounter almost almost no one. Something I mean to do more often...