Fear the Walking Dead at Auchope Cairn

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by el manana, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    More Cheviot shenanigans…

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    An unsettled Lake District weather forecast (i.e. our hydrophobia) meant a change of plan to revisit a spot we last stayed at a few years ago, this time travelling in the other direction.

    Setting off from Hethepool Carpark, the College Valley is a sun trap, much warmer than the forecast indicated.

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    He steals the chance to run off ahead…


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    We approach the head of the valley and the Hen Hole looms into view


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    The Hen Hole:


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    I wish all ascents were like this, unlike labouring up some ball-breaking slope it’s a complete switch off. Looking for pathways, hopping the stream from one side to another, enjoying the views…

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    Mind is occupied all the way up, a great way to ascend :)

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    Peregrines nesting in the crags make a lot of noise offended by our presence...

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    We get over the last waterfall and I retract what I’ve previously said. The last part is really hard work, steep slopes, really spongy ground but completely dry, would have been much worse if saturated as it usually is

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    Destination comes in to view 5:30pm.

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    A really fine evening…AUCHOPE CAIRN: NORTHUMBERLAND`S FINEST VIEW?

    I cant disagree with that – what a difference some decent weather makes though.

    We mull about exploring the area (he phones home) then we eventually pitch tents.

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    We sit in one of the cairns and cook food, Ed pours scorn at my attempt to become an ambassador for Dolmio…:(


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    The midges suddenly descend and we battle them for 10 minutes :rage::rage::rage:, then the sun breaks from behind a cloud and a light breeze appears, they are gone :)

    I then spot this feeble overture to obtain freebies :rolleyes:, and so give him both barrels of ridicule…

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    He sulks…

    (but what a fine view to sulk at…)

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    We sit out all night, fatigue sets in :yawn: so we retire to our beds at 9:15pm. I really like the functional space of this tent.

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    I watch an episode of Fear the Walking Dead (Season 3) which kills an hour until eyes lids get too heavy...:yawn:

    A good nights sleep, tent door open all night, WM Summerlite loosely draped over – I cant remember the last time I had a camp night as warm as that.

    6:00am I appear, he’s been up a while judging by the toilet trowel in his hand... I decide not to shake his hand when he greets me....superb morning...

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    We follow the stone path to the Cheviot, the surrounding quagmire is dry as sticks…

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    Cheviot Summit at 7:45am

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    A rare (and I do mean rare) smiley moment...Fear the Walking Living...

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    We descend back to the valley – another fantastic day

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    Flopsy…

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    Completely underrated...

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    We head off for the highly recommended Old Bakehouse breakfast…unbeknown to us the Morpeth Fair was in full swing and breakfast wasn’t being served ….:arghh::arghh::arghh:

    Pretty sad when your choice from the menu is solely based on 'what will make @WilliamC the most envious?'...

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    Fine trip :thumbsup:
  2. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Excellent :)
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    A very nice report and some great photos. It's mean of @edh to swan off on holiday rather than give us his mirror view.
    From one visit and your reports, I agree that the Cheviots don't get the appreciation they deserve.
    How does EdH get his phone to stick to his shoulder strap?
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  4. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Well, that worked :)

    Actually, I'm more jealous of your weather. We've a five-day holiday at the moment and five days (actually more) of thunderstorms forecast. A brief clearing next weekend - when we have to stay in town to vote in the election - then back to more thunderstorms :(
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  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    My riposte will be forthcoming....

    Clip case
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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    To whet your appetite...
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  7. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Very nice - scenery and so forth

    But "Fear the walking duck" might be closer to it ..:rolleyes:

    No - that's not totally fair - I do discern a slight improvement, since last i followed those pedal extremities ...

    But there's always hope - in fact - sometimes hope is all we have ... :angelic:

    This article isn't quite as technical or skientifick as some might prefer, but almost worth it alone for the reference to man-spreading, and 'making room' for twig n berries near the end :biggrin::biggrin: http://sortyourpostureout.com/why-y...hing-your-body/#Why_do_I_have_turned_out_feet

    And really El? Dolmio? :eeker:

    I suspect you too are just being an agent provocateur ... It's all organic kale bakes at home really isn't it ? :geek:
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  8. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Lovely. :)

    You're making me want to visit the Cheviots.
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  9. maddogs

    maddogs Summit Camper

    top notch :)
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  10. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    And top Phreeranger :)
  11. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    The man for Dolmio he say yes...:) Poundland bargains (LWWF and the pasta = 2 x £1.00)

    Ed often criticises my posture, appearance, gait, etiquette etc...

    Its a place I was always reluctant to visit often, put off by the quagmire. Some trips the last couple of years have been the driest I've seen it.

    Weather really can make a trip though :) (as the 2018 Aqua-trekkers are going to find out tomorrow....)
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  12. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Given the almost constant barrage of criticism, I can quite understand your reactivity sweetheart..

    If it was me, I'd be an even more traumatised bag of nerves, than is already the case...

    But it wasn't actually your gait that I was analysing..

    As far as I know, I've never followed in your hallowed footsteps. :angelic:

    In fact, it looks as if you might even occasionally pause, to admire the view.

    And I can't really criticise the choice of 'off the shelf' gak... Only a couple of weeks back, I found myself consuming Idaho potatoes:eek:

    With all manner of bizarre additions:confuseded:

    Northumberberberland is very nice, and must be revisited.
    But fret not, I will give due warning of any intended skirmishes..
    So as you can book a safe passage elsewhere ;)
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  13. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  14. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Nice area,never been...nice product placement ;)
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  15. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Enjoyed that :thumbsup:

    Another for the list

    So much to see ...
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  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    What he said :thumbsup:
  17. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    Always a good read Ed.

    Still serving peas with every meal over there I see.:(
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  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Thanks Ken, good to be appreciated :angelic:
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  19. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Errm - check the dinner plates in "Family Guy" ……….
  20. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    @el manana do you have a gpx route or guideline outlay for this. Ive just shown the wife and were agreed it looks a fine walk/camp for our anniversary this weekend . The weather looks favouring. Cheers
  21. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Lesser urgency now, were Looking at glamping inn The Silvertip at Glenrhyding instead so she can bag hellvellyn loop then either get smashed there after or go to Keswick and get smashed possibly followed by skiddaw whilst hungover ...
  22. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Last time I was up the Cheviot was .... 40 years ago when I did the north end of the Pennine way aged 14.
    Scary.
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  23. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    40 years ago for me too, also doing the Pennine Way, but I was 17.
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  24. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I haven't forgot about this @Chiseller , for some reason i cant convert my mmo routes to gps xml, it keeps throwing an incorrect format error. Still working on it.
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  25. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Cheers buddy, I might be able to work with the mmo using Garmin connect or back country navigator ?

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