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A Jaunt up Heejup

A Jaunt up Heejup


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:43 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Hedgehope Hill

Date walked: 25/10/2016

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 536m

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We spent half term week not too far from home up on the Northumbrian coast at Seahouses. The weather wasn't too bad for pottering around the coast but the nearby Cheviot Hils weren't so lucky. We did get a fine day however and took advantage to climb up arguably their best top, Hedgehope Hill.

The Harthope valley looked absolutely magnificent in the morning sun with it's full array of autumnal colours on show. We parked at the old sheepfold and set off up towards the prominent Housey Crag via the permissive path. We hadn't been walking long before coming across a vandalised sign on a stile that looked like it might have once said dogs are prohibited. As I also might have not been able to read it, on we went.

ImageHedgehope hill from the start of the walk by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking across to a cloud capped Cheviot by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageScald Hill by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking down the Harthope Valley by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHousey Crags by Anthony Young, on Flickr

Image...and again by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageCheviot still cloud capped by Anthony Young, on Flickr

The climb up to Housey Crags is a steep but not to bad. Any lack of hill fitness was easily overcome by the joy of being out on such a wonderful day. Underfoot conditions had been a little moist so far but recent heavy rain showers had taken there toll on what was to come.

ImageLooking back at Housey Crags by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHedgehope Hill ahead by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking back to Long Crags by Anthony Young, on Flickr

Following Long Crags the route levels up and becomes really rather wet but by in large most of the worst was dodgeable. Following this soggy traverse the dryer ground of the final pull was welcome but given lack of fitness it was punishingly steep.

ImageLooking down to Langleeford by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageNearly there by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageView to the North East by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageMoody summit by Anthony Young, on Flickr

We arrived at a moody summit with mist wafting in and out on the strong cold wind and parked ourselves in the commodious shelter for lunch. Fortunately the mist cleared as we ate so we could enjoy the views of the Border lands in all directions. It was at least a little tempting to push on to Comb Fell and The Cheviot but the sodden ground which could be clearly seen on the way to Comb Fell made the decision for us.

ImageTrig Point by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageView to the South West by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageView to South West in Mono by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHughie and Grace by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageFace into the wind boys by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageStill Innocent after all these Years by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHeejup hill by Anthony Young, on Flickr

The descent was uneventful as we returned the way we came, once again dodging the boggiest bits and amazingly avoiding too many slips down the muddy steep bits.

ImageA now clear Cheviot from Long Crags by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageAutumnal Fells by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageThe Cheviot by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageGreen track to Langleeford by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageCheviot mono by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageOn the way down by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageNearly back to the car by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHousey crags by Anthony Young, on Flickr

It was great to get out into the hills on such a glorious autumnal day given the meager rations of late. Nothing worse than life getting in the way of living.


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I did manage to get out of bed all but one morning to catch the sunrise from various locations, below is my favorite shot from each morning.

ImageWave upon Wave by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageFractured by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageKeep your Powder Dry by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLindisfarne Dawn by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageSilence of the Sea by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageTime is Running Out by Anthony Young, on Flickr

Not to mention a wonderful clear night at Bamburgh

ImageStarry Night at Stag Rock by Anthony Young, on Flickr
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby Guinessman » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:04 pm

Its probably my favourite Cheviot hill too. Great pics. Being a Westie owner love the pics of the wee hound!
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby dav2930 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:23 pm

Great colours. Must visit the Cheviots one of these days, they look good. Love the photo of a windswept Hughie on the trig point - what a hero!
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby trailmasher » Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:31 pm

Damn it Anthony, looking at Hughie on the trig point you must get him some gaiters, have you no heart man :lol: :lol: Great report and decent set of pictures once again :clap: especially the 'early' morning shots, great stuff :clap:

Probably a wise decision not to carry on to the other two as the ground is quite horrendous in places :roll:
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:42 am

Guinessman wrote:Its probably my favourite Cheviot hill too. Great pics. Being a Westie owner love the pics of the wee hound!


Cheers Guinnessman, I'll pass on your regards to Hughie

dav2930 wrote:Great colours. Must visit the Cheviots one of these days, they look good. Love the photo of a windswept Hughie on the trig point - what a hero!


Cheers Dav, I've only had limited time in the Cheviots myself, certainty worth a visit.

trailmasher wrote:Damn it Anthony, looking at Hughie on the trig point you must get him some gaiters, have you no heart man :lol: :lol: Great report and decent set of pictures once again :clap: especially the 'early' morning shots, great stuff :clap:

Probably a wise decision not to carry on to the other two as the ground is quite horrendous in places :roll:


Cheers TM, thing is Hughie is a little sensitive about his feet so if you want to try doggy boots on him be my guest, just remember to count your fingers afterwards :lol:
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby Guinessman » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:09 pm

JKLL I keep getting drawn to your photograph of the " silence of the sea". What a superb photograph. Looking at at it I loose all sense of scale. It could be taken close in or equally from a low flying plane over a tree lined coastline. Fantastic photograph :clap:
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:36 pm

Guinessman wrote:JKLL I keep getting drawn to your photograph of the " silence of the sea". What a superb photograph. Looking at at it I loose all sense of scale. It could be taken close in or equally from a low flying plane over a tree lined coastline. Fantastic photograph :clap:


Thank you very much, It does mess with peoples heads this shot, many on Flickr thought it was a mist filled canyon and temperature inversion. Even though I took it I can't quite remember just how big the seaweed on the rocks was :lol:
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby ChrisW » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:37 pm

Wow, some stunning shots there JK, just fantastic...as you might suspect that shot of hughie 'face to the wind' is by far my favourite he never looked so tough :lol: Your morning excursions are just wonderful mate, really great shots :clap: :clap:
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Re: A Jaunt up Heejup

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:21 pm

ChrisW wrote:Wow, some stunning shots there JK, just fantastic...as you might suspect that shot of hughie 'face to the wind' is by far my favourite he never looked so tough :lol: Your morning excursions are just wonderful mate, really great shots :clap: :clap:


Cheers Chris, I liked the shot of Hughie so much I even cloned out the lead.
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