Field Notes - Walk 7

Field Notes - Walk day 7

Friday, June 10, 2011
Chollerton - Wark; Saturday 11th June; Natural Historians – Keith Bowey, Tina Wiffen and Steve Westerberg

This walk contained a mixture of footpaths, riverside walks and metalled roads. We met at 10.30 am outside Chollerton Church. From here we turned onto the Barrasford Road (there are no footpaths here, but there is little traffic). After about a mile and a half, we turned off the road and walk down to the river’s edge, following the river until we re-joined the Road. Walking though Barrasford we left the road again after half a mile, walking down to river past Riedver Hall Farm. After a short distance, the path led us back to the road which we followed for a further half-mile before another path led southwest back down to the river. We now followed the North Tyne closely around the bend before hitting the Barrasford Road near Chipchase Castle. From here, the walk followed the Road into Wark.

Day 7: Chollerton - Wark

Saturday 11th June

Natural Historians – Keith Bowey, Tina Wiffen and Steve Westerberg.

This walk contained a mixture of footpaths, riverside walks and metalled roads. We began at Chollerton (meeting at 10.30 am outside Chollerton Church). From here we turned onto the Barrasford Road (there are no footpaths beside the road, but there is little traffic). About a half a mile along, we turned off the road and walked down to the river’s edge, over a disused railway cutting and through Shotto Wood, following the river until we re-joined the Barrasford Road again South East of Barrasford. Walking though Barrasford we left the road again after half a mile, walking down to river past River Hall Farm. After a short distance, the path led back to the road which we followed for a further half-mile before another path (just before Burnmouth Cottages) led us southwest back down to the river. We now followed the North Tyne closely around the bend through Chipchase Strothers and Chipchase Mill before hitting the Barrasford Road near Chipchase Castle. Chipchase Castle is a 17th-century Jacobean mansion incorporating a substantial 14th-century pele tower. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building and is a privately owned family home. The House and Castle Gardens & Nursery were open to the public in June, and we had time to stop here. From here, the walk followed the Barrasford Road into Wark.

The flora along this stretch of the North Tyne was similar to that seen on the last walk, and as well as (the by now familiar birds) Oystercatcher and Goosander, we began to see some new birds – for instance Yellow Wagtail and Redstart – both very striking birds. We also caught sight of Linnet, Yellowhammer (now no longer nearly as common as they used to be when I started bird watching) and Reed Bunting.