Red Rope National Weekend Oct 5 – 7th 2018

Dear Red Rope members,
Now’s the time to book for the Red Rope National Weekend Oct 5 – 7th 2018. The venue is the Glenlorchy centre at Wirksworth in the Peak District, walking socialising, meal and a band ‘Clarion Call’ on Saturday, plus our Annual General Meeting Saturday 4.30 to 6.30 pm.

All details, about the event and the location, plus the  booking form can be obtained from the website – Book by 22nd September
Booking forms should be sent to National Treasurer, Humphrey Southall, (address is on the form)  and any enquiries, please direct to him at:
Janet Saunders
Red Rope Publicity Officer

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Morpeth to Bothel Mill Bluebell Walk

Bluebells as promised plus lots of Wild Garlic and a break at Bothal Water Mill’s old weir.

Morpeth to Bothel Walk

Morpeth to Bothel Walk

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Morpeth Blue Bell Walk











May walk will be on Sunday 20th May and will be 7 miles or 11.7 km. The ascent is only 760 ft or 232 m.

The car park is in Bridge Street near the library . You have to buy a parking disc from the leisure centre or anywhere nearby that has them and they cost, I believe, £1.  I hope there are no time restrictions!

The walk includes a Bluebell wood, and Helen and I are walking it on Tuesday to see if the bluebells are out. Hopefully they will be.

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April 2018 walk

Sun has finally come out.


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Seaton Sluice pics

Sea ton Sluice

Cold Beach looking towards Blyth

Seaton Sluice Wagonway

Seaton Sluice Wagonway

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Seaton Sluice 10/12/2017

Walk starts at Melton Constable Pub and goes along Hollywell Dene until you reach the old wagon-way viaduct. Continue north along the wagon-way until Hollywell Pond then cross to a parallel track slightly to the east and continue towards Seaton Delaval Hall.  On reaching the A190 (The Avenue) you can turn right and head straight down into Seaton Sluice for a shorter walk of about 4 miles or turn left for the longer walk. The longer walk (6ish miles) continues north at the road to New Hartley then continues along a bridalway past Seaton Red House farm and then turns off to the coast eastwards at Lysdon Farm.  The tide should be out so we can walk back to the pub along the beach or alternatively there is a path through the dunes.  Map: Open Street Map

Seaton Sluice Walk

Seaton Sluice Walk

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Program Aug-Dec 2017

20th August; Short walk Linhope spout; swim and then pub

Long walk, Hedgehope; Dave Harrop leading

17th September; Long walk Cotherstone in Teesdale ; Helen Murrell; if anyone volunteers to lead it I will design a short route

8th October; Craster figure of 8 so short walk people can do 1/2 walk and go to cafe/pub; Claire Bethell

15th October; Muggleswick Autumn Colours Jane ; volunteers to Reccy walk with her please(this is an extra walk)

12th November Ryton Willows; Olya and Amber; wheelchair accessible

10th December; Seaton Sluice; Dave

We discussed ground rules at the meeting and the difficulties of making a walk suitable for people who have to go slow and the sometimes frustration of others who want more challenging walks.

1. You must keep the leader in sight. We will appoint a back stop on future walks.

2. You must be properly equipped; waterproofs, footwear and warm clothes. Water , food for lunch and sunhats and sun cream in summer.

More people have joined which is good, would be great if we could set the group up properly and then we could get an equipment grant.


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