Etal and Ford
We have been asked to add this walk to our programme in March.
The Etal and Ford walk, as the title suggests, takes us from the small village of Etal to Ford. The walk takes us past some beautiful and interesting places.
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The start – Etal
Etal village dates back to the 16th century. The village is very pretty and the Castle equally impressive. It’s a lovely peaceful place to start a walk.
We set off out of the village and along the road towards Ford, but turn off onto the path taking us away from the road to Heatherslaw.
Heatherslaw Corn Mill and Heatherslaw Light Railway
Our walk firstly takes us through the Corn Mill and Light Railway at Heatherslaw. It is a very interesting area and we may have time to stop for a short while.
Heatherslaw Mill is a water mill on the Ford and Etal Estate. It is a working Corn Mill and a very interesting place to visit. There are also a few little shops here.
From Heatherslaw, we follow the riverside path to Ford, where we will cross the River Till and walk up into the village. Ford is a small village however there are lots of interesting things to see.
St Michael & All Angels Church has the stone screen at the grave of Lady Waterford.
Ford Castle is now part of PGL Holidays and unfortunately not open to the public.
Lady Waterford Hall is well worth a visit. It was the former village school and is home to an amazing series of murals from the Pre-Raphaelite period. It is free to visit with donations welcomed.
Hay Farm Heavy Horse
We walk through the Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre which has the largest herd of rare breed Clydesdale Heavy Horses, which we may be lucky enough to see.
Although they also have a huge sheep, which is a sight to behold.
Back to Etal
After our visit to the Hay Farm we retrace our steps slightly and return to Etal Village.
Hope to see you there.
Julie and Martin x
Gallery – Etal and Ford
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