Kielder trek for 50+ walkers

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Nine of us set off on our usual Sunday walk. This time to Kielder Dam in Northumberland.

We started from the Youth Hostel in Kielder Village and down the North shore by the Lakeside Way in fine rain. We had some good views of the Lake and old landmarks before the valley was flooded.

The North Shore path starts at the side of the River Tyne which opens out into Bakethin Nature Reserve. There is an option to take a short diversion down the slope towards the river for fine views of Kielder Viaduct which formed part of the Border Counties Railway.

We continued down Lakeside Way passed Bakethin Nature Reserve and Gowanburn. Between the path and the shore is the course of the railway which disappears into the Lake shortly before Bakethin Weir.

Beyond Gowanburn is small tree covered peninsula, where we found Silvas Capitalis, a shelter in the shape of a giant head, which we stepped inside and listened to the sounds of the forest. This head is part of the Art and Architecture programme which is at various locations round the Lake.

The storms of last week had sent some very big trees crashing down across the footpaths but we found a way round. We had intended going on a bit further but could see the weather was about to change so we had lunch after which we headed back to the cars.

Next walk Peinal Heugh and Pub lunch. 22nd December.