We hope everyone is enjoying the glorious weather. If you're thinking of heading out this weekend for a run, walk or plod, maybe you're looking for somewhere new. The volunteer team have been sharing some of their favourite local routes. Here are the highlights...
From Neil P: Favourite loop is from home, near Hencotes, through the Sele, down Burn Lane and wave at fellow Food Bank volunteers. Then pass by the famous Cafe Enna to our wonderful, wonderful parkrun course which I do as far as (nearly) end of Tyne Green. Then return by same route. Takes 30 minutes. Favourite because it embraces much of our awesome parkrun!
From Iain S: Starting at the bottom of Leazes Lane, run and onto Shaws Lane to the top. Take the right fork then follow left into the forest, the forest track following the side of the large field which High Wood abuts. At the end of the forest track, take a right down the wider track, it eventually becomes a tar surface, across the ford (or footbridge), up the road through the farm to the A69. Cross over and take the steep downhill track which starts as concrete, along through a lovely wood with a stream on your right and up a slope to the old Alston railway bridge which you go under. Keep going until you get to Graham Reader’s farm, go carefully over the style not disturbing the ducks, geese or horses and turn right along the vehicle track to the bridge at Warden. Cross the road and take the track left past Robson Green’s house along the side of the South Tyne, under the rail bridge and join the tarred path just east of the A69 bridge. Finish at the rail crossing. Optional is to continue up Spittal Lane.
David R: A slightly adapted one from me. Just because it would normally start and finish at home!
Not Strava but - https://www.fetcheveryone.com/routes-view.php?id=1816085
Starts and finishes at Enna and 5 1/2 miles. Takes you over Hexham Bridge and over the A69 pedestrian bridge, onto St John’s Lee and down into Acomb. Take Howford Lane to Waters Meet, have a quick sunbathe on the beach (optional!) then head back on the trail to the A6079. Follow the old road to the pedestrian bridge heading back to Enna!
What’s not to love about a run along Tyne Green, sunbathing on the Waters Meet beach and finishing at Enna for coffee and a bacon sandwich (obviously you have to make sure you’re back before Enna closes!)
Tony B: I did start to explore the trails more during lockdown. Lots close by that I'd never been on before lockdown, like the one Marc mentions above. My favourite new one is from Hexham, along past the Boatside at Warden, then at Forestones paper mill taking the path off to the left, by the level crossing, following the South Tyne to Allerwash, then turning uphill through the woodland to Newbrough. Following the road back to Hexham through Newbrough and Forestones. Mix of flat trail and road, and doing it that way round the bit of elevation gains barely noticable until running down hill out of Forestones. It's just over a half marathon from Hexham, but if park in the pull in by the level crossing at the paper mill, then the loop is about 8 km (I don't do miles when running). I like it as it's a really lovely stretch of river to run along and then a lovely bit of woodland at Newbrough, which was laden with wild garlic with it's associated heady aroma, when I first discovered the route in the spring. Not sure why I hadn't been along there before. Up for a challenge? https://strava.app.link/Qr4sbeUJF8
I did this segment in 48:58. Give it a go!
Marc L: My favourite new route is courtesy of Tony Brown ... Start at the Dyvels Inn at Corbridge, and run down to the bridge. Don't cross the bridge and run instead along the river, towards Hexham. When the trail brings you back to the road at Dilston, cross over and run past the Physic Garden. Directly after the Scout Ground turn left and up the new path, over the fields. Follow the signs and after a while they'll take you over a new footbridge. Up another hill, pass three houses on your left, and turn hard left along a narrow path onto the road. Turn left again and head down the hill towards Dilston Castle. Almost opposite the castle, turn right onto a gravel track and up towards a small collection of houses. Ignore the path on the left and carry on to the path on your right, and follow the signs which take you looping left around the top of the houses. Run across more fields, along the path and onto a lane, admiring the houses on your right, and the views on your left, and just after the new white house you'll find a path on your left, through the hedge. Run down across two fields, over the main road and onto more fields, leading finally to a short path through the woods, popping out at Corbridge Station. The sight of Dyvels Inn, and the promise of a pint, is enough to help you forget that it took you 5 1/2 miles to get back to your starting point. Or for a shorter route to the River Tyne and back to Dyvels!
Tony: Just run from Dyvels Inn and 5 1/2 miles later you'll arrive back for a pint! Lovely.
Claire K: Start at Café Enna, run to Warden. Pass Boathouse & Au Natural, Public footpath is a few 100 yards on right. Go over tracks up path to steep field, go up, go thru gate, turn left through gate to next field, staying at top of field. Go thru gate, follow bottom of field to wooded area. Thru gate, follow path. Just before next gate look for steep path switch back on right. Climb up path to gate. Go along bottom of field. Go through gate. Stay on left up field to trig point. Go back down same field keeping to opposite side of field you ran up. Running towards pylon. Run down field to gate. Path goes through farm buildings. Take road to right across 2 cattle grids and then follow road to right back to Boat house. Something like that... views are amazing on the top! https://strava.app.link/yoO9Jwt5N8
Ian G: Mine has been the tynegreen parkrun as been limited to the flat through injury.
Ian B: I don't have a favourite route but I do have a favourite direction - up! There's nothing better than getting to the top of a hill and looking back at where you were, where you are and what you have around you.
What are some of your favourite local lockdown loops?