Established in 2011, Footsteps in Northumberland offers guided walks for visitors, schools, businesses and residents along the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Northumberland National Park, in the Border Country and on the Berwickshire Coast too. Patrick holds the Hill and Moorland Leader Award (HML) and is working towards the Mountain Leader (Summer) Award, both nationally recognised qualifications awarded by Mountain Training (England). The HML allows us to lead guided walks in the Cheviot Hills, a place we love as well as along the Northumberland and all points in between, which of course we love too.
With a background in countryside management and a long family association with the Border country, attending school in Lockerbie and Carlisle and a career in the Royal Navy, he's now back living and working in Northumberland and guided walks is his business.
Footsteps in Northumberland operates throughout the year and if we have a booking and as long as the weather is good, (which it nearly always is) we will lead the guided walk. We can assure you of a great day out, discovering the landscape and what it makes it so special and we never get lost, guaranteed.
The cave, more a massive lump of overhanging sandstone than a true cave holds a special place in our Christian religious history. It is reputed to be the place, where the monks, perhaps fleeing Viking raids in AD875 rested on the first night of the Flight from Lindisfarne with the body of St. Cuthbert. The journey from Lindisfarne took them initially to Melrose and ultimately to Durham Cathedral, the final resting place of St. Cuthbert. The National Trust now owns the land where the Cave is located.
Snow on the Northumberland Coast in December, although not unusual is not always expected, but even Bamburgh Beach and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne at the end of 2017 got an inch or two of the white stuff and very pretty it looked too. However, it's the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland National Park that are the big attraction for those of us who like a bit, rather than a lot of snow and the walking is fantastic. I don't own crampons or an ice-axe, so to be able to get out and about on a winter's day is something I look forward to.
Not to mention the English/Scottish Border and the Northern Frontier of the Roman Empire, or Hadrian's Wall as it's better known.
The really striking thing about Northumberland is the diversity of its landscape and the sheer contrast it offers to the visitor. Take the coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can get up close to the medieval ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle, a ruin since 1451 and at the centre of one of the UK's favourite walks, Craster to Low Newton. Craster, suffused with the aroma of smoking kippers and its historic harbour with fishing at its heart. Low Newton, with its charm and a social history linked to its fishermen's cottages and in the beach huts embedded amongst the surrounding dunes.