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Bloodybush Edge & Cushat Law

Bloodybush Edge & Cushat Law


Postby colinwatson » Tue May 10, 2016 8:13 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Bloodybush Edge, Cushat Law

Date walked: 07/05/2016

Time taken: 5.5

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 800m

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Stayed overnight at the interesting Wooler YHA. The building was originally a Land Army camp and there are lots of information boards inside about the people who lived there at that time, along with some great murals of the area.

Awake to a misty morning as the North Sea haar extended inland.

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Wooler YHA


A short drive down the A697, then along the minor road leading to Hartside Farm, where there is adequate roadside parking.

A sharp breeze greeted me as I got out of the car, but there was some brightness behind the cloud that bode well for the day ahead. I followed the track that follows the River Breamish. Although a private road, it is metaled and allows quick progress to be made. Heard a cuckoo and saw a number of displaying lapwings as I walked along past a number of farms. The sun was breaking through just where I was - all around me the hills were shrouded in mist, but my tops were clear.

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Mist clearing over the River Beamish


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Heading towards Low Bleakhope Farm


The weather was improving all the time and I was enjoying some warm sunshine.

The hard road ends at High Bleakhope and the track/path takes over.

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Looking from High to Low Bleakhope


I had a tea break at Nagshead Knowe, then pressed on up the Salter's Road. At last, Bloodybush Edge was in sight!

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Bloodybush Edge from Nagshead Knowe


It was quite heavy going on the way to the top of Bloodybush Edge - heather, bog and peat. I was glad that it had been a dry spring - after heavy rain this section would be tortuous. Got to the wide summit from where Cushat Law looks much further away than it actually is.

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Cushat Law from Bloodybush Edge


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At the top of Bloodybush Edge


The going from here to Cushat Law was easy and straightforward.

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Mist clearing to the north east of Cushat Law


From Cushat Law, I took a fairly direct descent to Low Bleakhope and the road out.

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The Beamish Valley on the return walk


Another good day in Northumbria - not another person met on the hill!
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Re: Bloodybush Edge & Cushat Law

Postby OpenC » Wed May 11, 2016 1:08 pm

Nice route, I've never even considered approaching those hills from that direction. Will have to give it a go :) You're right - after rain, that route between the two is purgatorially muddy.
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Re: Bloodybush Edge & Cushat Law

Postby ChrisW » Thu May 12, 2016 5:15 am

Good stuff CW, empty hills area always the best hills :wink: Loved that misty morning shot :clap:
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