If you like your cycling, Northumberland is the place to come to. Wonderful scenery, diverse terrain and – very important, the roads are quiet as regards 4 wheeled traffic. If you are looking to add a bit of focus to your cycling, there is the Wooler Wheel Cycle Challenges The May 2013 event was a great success, despite challenging weather! The October 100N (with a 50km on the same day) was ran in the most superlative weather! Perfect conditions for some 500 cyclists.

Bar Moor road 2012 July 21st (3) (Large)

Following on from the sportive, every month the Wooler Cycle Hub has a programme of FREE guided leisure rides for you to try. Places on these are limited but as one of the main sponsors of the Hub, Firwood B&B has guaranteed places for anyone wanting to cycle. And if you don’t want to bring your bikes, we can arrange for hire bikes.

An example of a guided ride is Saturday 31 May “The Ford and Etal Explorer”. A free guided leisure ride along one of the waymarked WCH routes. This ride will take a meandering route from Wooler to Ford and then to Etal, crossing the River Glen at the ford at Yeavering, and climbing up to Slainsfield and Hay Farm for spectacular views of the Cheviots erupting out of the Milfield Plain. Returning to Wooler via Fenton and Doddington (ice-cream!). Distance 29 miles. There will be a stop for lunch at Heatherslaw Mill or Etal Village where there are cafes and a pub. All on road, apart from the short good quality farm tracks leading to the ford at Yeavering.

If you are interested in any of the cycle events, more details can be found on the Wooler Wheel web site (you can sign up for the news letter there as well) or you can e-mail me at


I managed to catch a couple of our Red Squirrel visitors on video, squabbling over the feeder- it’s on Youtube (Aren’t I getting adventurous!)

We have a very nice little write up on the Northumberland National Park web site about the National Park Bumblebee Awards of which we were a winner. If you are interested, take a look on Bumblebee Awards

Geoff Holland, hill walker, fell runner, mountain biker and walk book writer, has very kindly let me link to his site Cheviot Walks Here you will find walks in the Cheviot Hills to tickle the most jaded of palates and they are downloadable for your own use. His book ‘Walks from Wooler’ re-creates the walks of W. Ford Roberston from a book published in 1926. I don’t think the essence of them has changed. His latest book is called ‘Walks on the Wild Side – the Cheviot Hills’ and is a collection for the more adventurous amongst you. Geoff has also a wonderful slide show on his site , a fantastic way to see the majesty of the Cheviot Hills.

Mike and Beth

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