Walking West Woodburn

By: snowgood

Jun 26 2019

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Category: Nature, Walking

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I hear some of you are sweltering.

It’s distinctly cool up here in Northumberland.

Yesterday we hopped into the car and parked in West Woodburn, before starting  a 5.2 mile loop.

The village is at the bottom of a valley, and sits on the kink of a southerly meander.

Unsurprisingly some of the front doors featured flood defences.

Upstream we could hear Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Jackdaws whilst watching Swallows, Sand Martins and Swifts.

The obligatory Hare bounded along beside us as we closed in on a bridge that was closed.

Not sure why – we walked straight across whilst taking pictures of the River Rede, and watching Grey Wagtail.

Further upstream we encountered a solitary deer (Roe?) which bounded off before we could reach our binoculars.

We sat on a dry stone wall for lunch and heard a huge explosion.

Half a mile away was a quarry, and a bit further on two shepherds, with two collies.

They had 650 “yos” (ewes) and were giving oral medicine and an injection to their flock.

Next up was the village WW1 memorial- not sure why it was up on the hill away from the centre.

A little further on we walked down a slope towards a former Roman settlement.

Strangely enough despite such a diverse range of sightings  it was this lichen which wowed me the most.

Awesome beauty on a small tree near the village.

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