A quick round from Nenthead

Hewitts: The Dodd

Date walked: 12/02/2019

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 7.5km

Ascent: 270m

I had a small number of hours to spend in the morning and so thought I would continue with the hills of the North Pennines. I had last visited Nenthead in January 2017 to climb Flinty Fell and Dead Stones, this time there was a lot less snow and ice (though that did make it a lot boggier).
Originally I was going to combine it with some of the other local hills but I only had the morning including the drive so made do with just the one for now.
Parking up in Nenthead, I made my way north out of the village before picking up Isaac's Tea Trail going east - the hilltops were covered in cloud but at least it wasn't raining and I was hoping that the cloud would lift fairly soonish (it didn't). I followed Isaac's Tea Trail for a kilometre before leaving it for a bridleway that clearly was not often used as it appeared to be a shorter route to the summit. Although it was technically shorter, it was a very boggy path and I doubt that it saved me any time. I soon crossed the Tea Trail once again and then headed to the top. As I left my guiding wall the visibility was quite poor but with a bit of help from my compass I soon found the small summit cairn in amongst the peat hags. However by now a stiff (and very cold) breeze had picked up and I was quickly retracing my steps back to the Tea Trail.
I picked this up once again and made my way through the heather down to Coalcleugh (a collection of a small number of farmhouses which appear to be hugging together out of the wind). I then followed the road south and back into Cumbria (and it must be said that the boundary signs for Northumberland both on the trail and on the road are far more welcoming than those for Cumbria) and then turned off to go along the off road route for National Cycle Trail 7 down into Nenthead. By this time the cloud had got even lower and so it took a while of descent before I could see anything clearly again - though when it did it meant that Nenthead was a lot closer than I thought it was going to be!
Before returning to the car I popped in to the village shop to pick up some bread and a newspaper (as you do) and also to see my first people of the walk - the North Pennines are always very quiet!
All in all, it may have been short and it may have been quick, but it was good fun nonetheless - even without any decent views!

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