Fancy coming for another stroll? You'll need to pack some snacks, we're going for a long one.
Not on the coast path this time, no we're making three circular walks that pivot from a central point, which has comfort facilities and tea.
So uphill first we go, stop to look back and down and take a deep breath.
Loop back and sit out a hail storm. 6.5 miles so far.
Sulk for a while when you realize the camera battery has died.......
Walk round the river path, past the graffiti and back to the central point again. 12 miles.
Resolve the camera issue and set off again, the longest loop is ahead of us, and there's new territory to explore.
Enter Hulne Park, part of Northumberland Estates, with a series of footpaths to follow, we're on the blue path today, up the hill we go.
Through woodland, and with views of the Cheviots,
across pastures and riverbanks,
then back through the woods where we are being watched.
They blend in so beautifully but it's worth trying to spot them.
beep. L's phone app tells us we've walked the required distance. Shame I made a slight route planning error and we're still two miles from home. Time to call upon some positive mental attitude, striding up the last hill we are chanting "we're doing it, we're getting up the hill" when we're spotted by a friend.
She thinks we're mad.
She could be right.
do your feet hurt?
I've worn out my trainers, time for a new pair......