Five Miles of Letah Wood.

Grid Ref: NY939604 Several miles into the first walk of 2019 & it dawns that we haven't seen another human for over an hour; delightful! The madness of Christmas - the crowds of the city, the familial madness, the workload rush of last minute haircuts, the oversold train carriage - all fall away; the shoulders … Continue reading Five Miles of Letah Wood.

Five Miles of Beltingham & Briarwood.

OS Grid reference. NY785635 Beltingham is a small village in Northumberland. It is situated 1 mile southeast of Bardon Mill and 10 miles to the west of Hexham. Attractive stone houses surround a little green. There is a fine Georgian house near the church, and another that once was a bastle house. It is either an … Continue reading Five Miles of Beltingham & Briarwood.

A dream of moth & hummingbird.

The ape awoke from a dream of moth and hummingbird. And, in his dim reality, they were as the embers, beyond the realm of his cage. He held them brief within his sad-eyed gaze, but, with breath, they were away.   The mage, shadow player & sage, seeing the ape's awake, scraped from the smelt … Continue reading A dream of moth & hummingbird.

Five Miles of Wooler Common.

Grid Reference: NT977272 The ascent of Humbleton to the Iron Age hillfort. The Battle of Humbleton September 14 1420.       The sky is bigger, better, here. It settles in the treetops - sketches distant pencil lines from left to right. Such detail.     Black-face sheep, blue numbered, vast & herded. Sheets of … Continue reading Five Miles of Wooler Common.

Five Miles of Harbottle.

All Hallows' Eve. Harbottle is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England. 10 miles (16 km) south-east of the Scottish border, in the southeastern part of the Cheviot Hills.9 miles northwest of Rothbury. The village is the site of Harbottle Castle (12th century. Grid ref: NT93234796) built by order of Henry II. The site, once … Continue reading Five Miles of Harbottle.

Five Miles of Haltwhistle.

24/10/18 OS grid ref: NY 7083 6412 Haltwhistle is a small town and parish in northwest Northumberland. It lies 10 miles east of Brampton and has a population of 3,800. Early forms of the name are Hautwesel (1240), Hautwysel (1254), Hawtewysill (1279), Hautwysell (1381), Haltwesell (Speede/ 1610). The second part '-twistle' relates to two streams … Continue reading Five Miles of Haltwhistle.