Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Walk 3 :- Etal - Ford

Etal Castle GJC_IMG_6435_2

After much discussion and debate with one of the fellow walkers, this was finally the walk that was accepted on the basis of a next to no incline and two refreshment stops. The starting point for this north Northumberland walk was at Etal castle car park and the route was originally meant to be six miles long.

Black Bull, Etal GJC_IMG_6436

Etal is an idyllic Northumberland village consisting of a few different buildings in one street with the most famous building being the Black Bull thatched pub.

Millstone GJC_IMG_6447

Due to my mis-calculation of the speed of traffic on the A697, I cut out half a mile from the first quarter of the walk in order to avoid a rebellion in the ranks and take in a coffee shop at Heatherslaw Mill to keep the group on my side.  The mill is a working museum that makes bakery products for distribution to  local delicatessens and also houses a souvenir / bakery store with a coffee shop upstairs (a bit of incline for my walking group !!). There is a nearby narrow gauge railway just over the river to transport the non walkers to and from Etal. The above picture show some of the party through the mill stone rushing to the coffee shop !

Walk through the fields GJC_IMG_6455

After sustenance, the trekkers  pursue a route through the jungle that doubles as the riverside walk of the River Till in the direction of Ford.....

Farm GJC_IMG_6456

....with a quick look back at typical countryside from the area

Dandelion GJC_IMG_6460

Horseshoe Door GJC_IMG_6475

On reaching Ford, a few of the party were quite worried about sitting down on the grass eating sandwiches on the well kept grass. This village has unique architecture with the most famous building being a former school room called Lady Waterford hall. The above photograph is another example of something a bit quirky which housed a glassworks exhibition.

Swing GJC_IMG_6479

Avenue GJC_IMG_6499

All too soon, after a lunch break and a varied countryside walk, we were nearing the end as we reached the traditional gates of Etal Hall and the re-connection with civilisation.

Plant shop GJC_IMG_6512

On entering the main thoroughfare of Etal, Jan's plants are always popular with tourists as something to take home. The local village Hall is noted in the background.

Post Office GJC_IMG_6514

It is sometimes difficult to spot anything out of place in this village as we enter the final refreshment location for the day, there are however, trained specimens who tidy up during and after the guests indulgence !

Bird  GJC_IMG_6525


  1. I remember when my parents stayed at Ford.

    Great pictures and report.

  2. Lovely pictures and very cool subject. I like it!


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