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violent past of Northumberland explored

The Bastles of Tarsetdale

Date: 31st May 2017
Time: 10:30 am  to  3:30 pm

Join our guided walk to visit the the Bastles of Tarsetdale.

Our walk begins by visiting some of the best wildflower-rich traditional hay meadows in the county.

Black Middens Bastle inTarsetdale

We then turn our attention to the history of this wild region, visiting a church with connections to the Napoleonic wars, an 18th Century dovecote and a bastle (a fortified farmhouse) whose tranquil setting belies its violent past in the days of the Border Reivers.

Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. Get outside, enjoy your time walking and leave the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we’re best at.

Nobody knows the best places to walk in the National Park like our volunteers so you’ll never be short of local history, stories, features and viewpoints.

Places for this walk should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment and in the event we need to contact you to cancel or postpone due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Please dress for changeable weather, wear walking boots or shoes and bring drinks and snacks. Whilst well behaved dogs are welcome, please take note of any specific instructions by the walk leader and the concerns of others.  If you have not already booked online, please pay on arrival.

Lace up your boots and enjoy a great time outside.

Duration – 5 hours

Distance – 7.5 miles

Category – Moderate.  Medium length walks of 5-16km (3-10 miles) on hilly ground with rising and falling levels. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Starting point (please meet here approx 10 minutes before the start time)Greenhaugh – National Park Car Park

Leave Bellingham on the Hexham road, turn right onto minor road before crossing the River Tyne. After approx 3 miles turn right at Lanehead crossroads. Greenhaugh is 1 mile away. The car park is in the village, on the right, just past the Holly Bush Inn.

OS Grid Ref: NY 795 873

Postcode: NE48 1PW (general area)

For those wishing to use GPS/Sat-Nav to find walk start points please note that, particularly in open country, postcodes cover a large area, so, whilst the postcode will get you to the right general area, you will still need to follow the detailed directions to locate the actual Walk Start Point.

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