Northumberland has a plethora of walks, hikes and trails to explore. This one is a new one for me, it’s a fairly short but moderate walk. We did 6 miles taking in the wonderful views of the moors and the picturesque ruins of Blawearie. Parking along the grassy verge we headed onto the footpath and took the first left, you’ll see a stone marked with CH. This is the sign that you are almost at the dark cave entrance. If you like a little exploring then it’s worth checking this out.
A little something about Cateran Hole, information taken from trusty Wikipedia.
Cateran Hole is a circa 35m length cave set in the Gritstone of Cateran Hill in Northumberland. It lies about 4 miles due north of Eglingham, and can be reached by lining up the tall mast behind the farm with the left-hand end of the wood to the side of the Quarry House farm (to the north of the cave), then walking on this bearing.
A shallow crater with cut steps lead down into an easy rift passage which ultimately chokes. After the initial steepness of the steps, the passage is roomy with a slight downward tilt, running between two large planes of Gritstone which close in above. After about 30m a block, protruding downwards from the ceiling, reduces the route to a crawl into a small chamber which is choked by large blocks ahead. This crawl is sandy and often completely dry, although in very wet weather it occasionally sumps. The main fault, however, continues, and it is likely that this cave could be extended by concerted digging (a dangerous activity), although it is difficult to see why this would be done in Gritstone, where there is unlikely to be found any significant lateral development.
Cateran Hole is reputed to have been a smugglers’ hiding place, although locals claim that it once linked nearby Chillingham Castle with Hepburn. The latter seems an unlikely conclusion as it tends in the direction of neither, while the carved stone steps favour the former.
I’m not very good myself with dark and dingy spaces but I persevered to take some photos, thankfully it was a little wet towards the end of the crawl space so I didn’t have to face that fear!
After a couple of miles of walking, we decided to stop for a short lunch break at the ruins, incredible views and at this time of the year the rhododendron’s looked fabulous. I also loved the swings hanging from the old and imposing tree. Photographers will love the window view of the landscape from within the ruins.
Before you get to this walking trail, there is also a mini Thrunton Woods you could explore. It’s called Hepburn Woods. I’ll certainly be going back to explore as there are so many walks in the area to do for all fitness levels.
I’m slowly updating my walks that I have done prior to Lockdown and during, if you like walking/hiking like myself then make sure you are following our FB posts – I’ll also set up a newsletter for regular walks from those that wish to subscribe.
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Access: From Alnwick take the B6346 to Edlingham, then continue straight on until reaching Old Bewick. Park considerately on the grassy triangle or the road verge beside the farm.
SatNav: NE66 4DZ
From Felmoor Holiday Park we are approximately a 30 minute drive to Bewick.
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Woodys Lodge hosted its very own private dining experience with awarding winning Chef Sean Wilkinson.
We had an absolutely amazing time having our own private chef for the late afternoon/early evening, from start to finish it was truly memorable. We opted for a 3 course meal of which Sean designed a menu tailored to our needs and budget. Baked from scratch and in the comforts of our lodge we started off with warm artisan bread and a thai inspired amuse bouche (we changed it from crab to chicken dumplings). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this course, very different to what we were expecting and the flavours were intense!
Private Dining – starter
Slow roasted beef with beetroot, thyme, fondant potato
The starter consisted of a three cheese souffle with a walnut and watercress dressing – very light and subtle. The walnuts really complimented the dish. For mains we had beef which was cooked in a water bath for a couple of hours, rested and then cooked in front of us – scored a couple of tips for cooking the perfect steak. Fondant potatoes, beetroot cooked in a variety of ways and thyme smoked black garlic completed the dish which was beautifully plated.
A chocolate & salted caramel delice with smashed cinder toffee, chocolate soil and chambord mousse with edible flowers was served up for dessert. Wow! Heaven on a plate! Sean spied our chambord and said “I’ve an idea, can I use some of your chambord”. Less than 15 minutes later he had whipped up another element. Fantastic to see!
It was a brilliant experience and one I certainly will do again. The layout of the lodge was perfect as it meant we could watch Sean work and interact with the chef whilst sitting at the dining table.
I’m now planning a girls pamper weekend with I think what will be a tasting session or perhaps tapas. Sean said he would bring his waiter too so we can watch them cook and serve up some cocktails, I think the hot tub and outdoors dining area will be a great setting for an informal and relaxed event.
Sean caters for all occasions and budgets so why not treat your other half or get the girls together and experience it for yourself. I promise you will love it!
Hope you enjoy seeing some of the foodie pics 🙂
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