Wylam and Ovingham – 10th February 2019

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We all met up in Wylam. This was only a small group, so we promptly did a warm up and were on our way. The weather was remarkable for a February day, sunny and relatively warm, especially in the sun.

We set off towards Newburn at a good pace and it didn’t take long to get there. Once there we decided that a cup of tea was in order. The tea shop was very busy but it was lovely outside, so we decided to sit by the river.

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The next leg of the walk passed one of the boat clubs on this part of the river and then crossed the bridge at Newburn. It was great to see all of the rowers out on the river. We then followed the river back upstream on the opposite side and on towards Wylam.

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At Wylam two of our walkers dropped out and the rest carried on to Low Prudhoe. This section was interesting as it was effectively over industrial spoil heaps from the war when ICI manufactured fertiliser. These heaps are called the Spetchells and are made of chalk. This chalk environment is unique in Northumberland and many flora and fauna that would normally only be found in the South of England, can be found here.

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On reaching Low Prudhoe we visited the Riverside Cafe in the Tyne Riverside Country Park. We enjoyed a slightly overdue lunch with several of us having the amazing ham broth and cheese scone.

Keen to get back and off to the final tea room of the day, we speeded off and covered the three miles back to the car park in record time.

We finished off at Daniel Farm Shop and Tea Room, before heading home.

Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Julie & Martin


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