Field Notes - Walk 6

Field Notes - Walk day 6

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Hexham – Humshaugh; Natural Historians – Tina Wiffen and Steve Westerberg.

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This walk contained a mixture of footpaths, riverside walks and metalled roads. We met at the railway station at 10.00 am and then followed the A6079 down to the bridge where we turned westwards and travelled along the southern bank of the Tyne, through Tyne Green Riverside Park and around the edge of Tynedale Golf Club. A short way along, we crossed under the A69. We then walked underneath Kingshaw Haugh, past the mouth of the North Tyne crossing the bridge to Bridge End. From here we joined Homer’s Lane, walking through Warden following the course of the North Tyne to Walwick Grange. We now joined the B6319 until we reached the Hadrian’s Wall path (B6318). Keeping the Roman Fort (Cilvnvm) to our right, we proceeded to Chollerton, where we tokthe turning marked Humshaugh, ending at the Crown (tbc) for refreshments!

Day 6: Hexham – Humshaugh; Natural Historians – Keith Bowey, Tina Wiffen and Steve Westerberg.


This walk contained a mixture of footpaths, riverside walks and metalled roads. We met at the railway station at 10.00 am and then followed the A6079 down to the bridge where we turn westwards and travelled along the southern bank of the Tyne, through Tyne Green Riverside Park and around the edge of Tynedale Golf Club. A short way along, we crossed under the A69. This was good place to stop and look at the variety of shingle-type plants in this habitat. We then walked underneath Kingshaw Haugh, past the mouth of the North Tyne to the bridge over the Tyne at Bridge End. From here we joined Homer’s Lane, walking through Warden following the course of the North Tyne (a short distance from its riverbank) to Walwick Grange. We now joined the B6319 which we walked along until we reached the Hadrian’s Wall path (B6318). Keeping the Roman Fort (Cilvnvm) to our right, we proceeded to Chollerford. We can stopped briefly to look at the fort, which was built almost 2000 years ago to house a Roman army garrison guarding the nearby bridge across the River Tyne. Chesters Roman Fort is part of Hadrian’s Wall, and it is the best preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain. At Chollerford, we took the turning marked Humshaugh where we ended at the Crown for refreshments!

 

In sunny weather, some areas of this walk are good for butterflies, and we hoped we might see Dingy Skipper, Wall, Common Blue, Small Heath and (if we were lucky) Ringlet. Unfortuntaley, the weather was very poor and it rained all day! Wild flowers seen included Aliums (for instance Wild Leek – on the shingles by the bridge under the A69), Herb Robert, Wood Cranesbill, Greater Stichwort, Rosebay Willowherb, Hedge Bedstraw, the bluish-lilac Field Scabious and the dark blue/purple Devilsbit Scabious. We had fun identifying the six different species of bumble bee present in this area! Buzzards fly around here, and we  expected to see Pied and Grey Wagtail, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Garden and Willow Warbler, as well as a Sand Martin colony.