5th Haltwhistle Challenge takes in beautiful Northumberland scenery

The 5th Haltwhistle Challenge is only a month away, and will see walkers tackle trails along parts of Hadrian's Wall. Marj Baillie has the details

Ian K Brown The 5th Haltwhistle Challenge is sure to be a hit with keen walkers
The 5th Haltwhistle Challenge is sure to be a hit with keen walkers

Following on from their record breaking Spring Walking Festival, the busy organisers have another delight in store. On July 5th walkers may participate in the 5th Haltwhistle Challenge. This is a 26 mile walk self-guided circular walk and takes in the beautiful varied countryside around the town.

Walkers will see the Haltwhistle Burn, walk along parts of both Hadrian’s Wall Trail and the Pennine Way, visit Wealside, Greenhead, Greenriggs, Lambley and Featherstone before the last stretch back to Haltwhistle. Regular check points and signs will help walkers find their way.

There is a mystery however, because to date very few people have booked for the event. Organiser Marie Miller said, “Lots of people tell us they are coming, but very few have actually made their bookings. We do need more people to make sure the event goes ahead. We would hate to have to cancel it. In previous years the participants have loved the route.”

Ramblers enjoying the Northumberland countryside
Ramblers enjoying the Northumberland countryside

The Challenge does coincide with the start of the Tour de France, so let’s hope that walkers will come out and walk the Challenge, then go home and watch the highlights on TV in the evening!

For walkers who are daunted by 26 miles, there is a 13 mile guided Half Challenge on the same day.

Full details of the Challenge are on www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org or ‘phone 01434321894


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