Farm Walk: Wark Common Farm

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Sunday 17 October 2021 at 2 pm. The walk, of about three miles, will be led by Peter Straker-Smith, who will explain the workings of the 1,000 acre, mostly arable, farm and its points of interest. The terrain is on paths and grass, so please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Parking is available at the meeting point, which is the yard behind the farm buildings. Everyone is welcome, but no dogs please. For more information, contact the Footpaths Group organiser.

Next Footpaths Group Walk

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Saturday 18 September 2021. The group walks all the public rights of way in Carham parish, to keep them in use and to identify and report any problems to Northumberland County Council. This next walk will revisit the footpaths and byways that were first covered in summer 2018. Has anything changed since then? Find out by joining the walk, which starts at 10 am from the phone box in Wark. Everyone is welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. Please come prepared for long grass and some uneven terrain. For more information, see our Walks page or email the walks organiser.

Next Footpaths Group Walk

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Saturday 26 June, starting at 10 am at the layby on the B6350 west of Wark. The walk will cover four miles of riverside and farmland around Carham and Shidlaw. Everyone is welcome, but no dogs at landowners’ request. Please be prepared for some overgrown vegetation and uneven terrain. Car transfers will be provided for the short distance from the layby to the start of the walk, to avoid walking on the busy road. If you would like to come along, please contact the walks organiser, Janet Chubb, for more information including Covid-19 guidelines.

Snow Wardens

Northumberland County Council is introducing a Snow Warden scheme to allow an individual or a group of community volunteers to sign up to help clear snow and ice from public footpaths in their local areas.

A statement on its website says: “By carrying out voluntary snow warden duties you will be helping to keep your community safer during severe winter conditions. In return we will provide you with a snow warden kit which comprises a snow shovel, bag of salt/grit, a thermal hat with a head torch, a pair of thermal gloves and a hi-vis vest.”

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Winter Services page on the Northumberland County Council website, and scroll down to Snow Wardens.

Next Footpaths Group Walk: Farm Walk at Mindrum

The next walk organised in association with the Footpaths Group will be on Sunday 20 October 2019 at 1 pm. The walk, led by Tom Fairfax, will include part of the bridleway and the Scottish border, and will explore some of the ecology and history associated with the farm at Mindrum. The terrain is on paths and grass, with a gradual climb up to 650 ft and, weather permitting, stunning views from the top. The walk is just under five miles, with opportunities to shorten it if preferred. Everyone is welcome; well-behaved dogs are welcome, too, provided they are kept on a lead. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and meet at Mindrum Farm at 1 pm. For more information, contact Tom Fairfax

Next Footpaths Group Walk: Paths, Verges and Commons

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Saturday 15 June, starting at 10.00 am from the play park in Wark. This 4.5 mile walk will explore some of the footpaths in and around the village before heading off to Shidlaw and then Wark Common. In order to make this walk circular, sections of it will be on public roads and will pass by some of the common land that is in the Parish. For more information, contact Janet Chubb on 01890 850 339.