Blawearie _ Walk Northumberland

Blawearie from Old Bewick

return by Harehope Burn, Tick Law and Bewick Hill Fort

4 Miles 3.5 hours

Location OS Landranger Sheet 75 Start point NU 067215

How to get there Take the B6346 Alnwick to Chatton road. At Harehope Hall where B6346 indicates left, continue on to Old Bewick. Please take care not to obstruct farm buildings.

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Start:- Walk NE along the side road past the cottages on your left, up through a gate and onto Bewick Moor. just follow the track up to Blawearie.

Bewick Hill with high trees around Hanging Crag is on the right and a visit to the large hill fort there comes near the end of the walk.

The views of Cheviot from further up the track are superb

A wander around the buildings on a lovely day like the one we enjoyed made it feel a charming Idyll.

But history tells a different story.

Blawearie has been derelict since the 1940s and they must have been hardy souls who lived and worked here. The nearest grazing was one mile away a desolate place on the surrounding moor through a long Northumbrian winter.

I could find no purpose for this elaborate doorway. It seems a little over the top for a WC in this location.
Someone had constructed a small garden on the NE side among the sandstone grags. and these are the steps to the garden.
A few folk have had time on their hands and scratchings can be found in a few places. BILLIE SANDERSON being one in 1943 and G D WHELLANS in 1893

To continue the walk retrace your steps until you find a waymarker. Go left and Take the path going left .

Follow the path round toward a flat topped hill where there is a Romano-British fort site the track leads up to it. the fort mounds are covered in bracken.

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The Fort sits high above the Harehope burn and after a look aroound retrace your steps to the entrance and go immediately left following a track through the bracken down to the main path. Back on the path continue down

The track leads towards where the Harehope Burn is joined by the Stock Brook.

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It is a bit marshy here and to move on, cross the Stock Brook to your right and make your way onto the heather on the high ground ahead

the day we were there the reeds had been flattened to make the path

Over the heather take the path up to the right and climb Tick Law

This is the steepest bit of the walk.

At the top we found the way a little indistinct but follow the track on and make your way left and then left again at

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You are making for Bewick Hill over to your left.

The track makes its way curving round through the bracken

At a wicket gate go straight on up the hill to a great stone with some cup and ring markings.

On again to the top of the hill where there are two large Iron age fort sites with spectacular views

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Laving the forts, go through a wicket gate and make your way round left following the wire fence. The path passes to the left of a plantation. and then drops down hill steeply to a delapilated stile. Akward but still just about servicable with a length of wood protecting you from the wire fence.

Over the stile go straight on to join the track and turn left to go back to your starting point at Old Bewick

For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way

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