Wet weather gear at the ready, looks like the rain is set for the next day or two. The waterfalls around the countryside are going to be looking good. Every cloud has a silver lining! Be safe and sensible if out and about, or grab a coffee and a good guide book and plan your next trip in comfort!
Over the years, many people have been glad to see the two shelters, built by the Northumberland National Park Authority, on the Border Ridge. Thanks to the Authority, new signs informing walkers, fell runners and other outdoor enthusiasts ‘what to do in an emergency’ will very shortly be in place at each of the shelters.
Last week one of our Team members had the chance to take part in a project to create a ‘streetview’ of the northerly part of the Pennine Way. The Northumberland National Park was chosen by Google for this innovative project alongside locations such as the Grand Canyon and Canadian Arctic!
The day involved carrying 18kg of top heavy, electronic wizardry which has 15 digital cameras, each taking a new image every 2.5 seconds. These images are “stitched” together so you see the image on your computer screen like Streetview.
It will give the viewer the next best thing to actually being there and hopefully promote more visits to the National Park. Having this facility will also be useful from a mountain rescue perspective.
An great day working alongside colleagues from the Northumberland National Park Authority.
34th Cheviots Challenge,
Saturday 5th September 2015.
The Cheviots Challenge is a fundraising event in aid of the Mountain Rescue Team. It is designed as a personal challenge rather than a competition.
There is a choice of two challenging long distance walks:
‘Terry Lynn’ long route or the ‘Eileen Lynn’ short route – both will take you on a journey in the upper Coquetdale and Cheviot hills, start and finish at the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton, Northumberland.
Terry’s route this year will be approximately 22 miles in distance and involve over 4000 feet of climbing.
Eileen’s route this year will be approximately 16 miles in distance and involve over 2500 feet of climbing.
On the day of the event, you will receive a route card and a photocopy map giving details of the route. Checkpoints along the route must be visited before the closing time shown on the route card. Checkpoints can provide first aid and one or more will provide refreshments. Participants completing the event between 0800 and 2000 hours will be awarded, upon presentation of a completed route card, a certificate and souvenir mug.
Once again a souvenir T-Shirt of the event is available to order, payment extra to entry.
ENTER ONLINE – Cheviots Challenge Online Entry
Or if you prefer to post your entry and fee:
Click here to print off an entry form and T-shirt order.
Click here to read our rules of entry and recommended equipment list.
If you would like to raise further funds for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team in our Cheviots Challenge please download our sponsorship form.
We would like to thank the following for making the event possible:
- Land owners and farmers in Upper Coquetdale, Breamish and Harthope Valleys.
- The proprietors of the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton.
- Northumberland National Park Rangers.
- Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team members, their families and friends.
- Great Outdoors Superstore, Shiremoor.
- Vango Tents.