Monday, 29 August 2016

Kielder Forest Charity Walk // Day 2, Part 1


This is the 4th post in the little mini-series about Dad and I's 30-mile charity walk back in June. Before you see this one, take a moment to check out the others below that came before it and see more of our trip.


Now as I mentioned in the first post, Dad has spondylitis and I have arthritis and asthma so we split our walk over two days. Our first day we did 17 miles and the second day 15. We stayed at The Black Cock Inn in Falstone and I really wish I'd taken more photos to be able to review it as it was so lovely! Maybe we'll return at some point, as dogs are encouraged guests. 
So anyway, day 2 we woke around 7-8 and went down for breakfast. We were the only guests that night as it was before the Summer season started, which was quite nice. As we left the owners ever so kindly handed over a donation toward our walk which was amazingly generous of them, and pointed us in the right direction.
If you're familiar with Kielder and the Riverside Walk you'll be saying 'but it's only 27 miles!', well that's because after the trail ended we had to walk another few miles to get to the Inn and the same upon leaving to get back to the trail. That walk up the hill below (it doesn't look as steep as it was) seemed to take forever and then we finally got to the dam and took a couple tourist snaps before setting on our way.


This side of the lake is my favorite. My life would be perfect if I could have a little cabin up in those woods...it was so quiet, hardly any other people minus the odd cyclist and the views - wow!! :O
We saw Canada Geese with their babies and a bird of prey that I could swear was a Golden Eagle, though that is quite unlikely. Perhaps it was a Buzzard, either way, it was one of the biggest birds I've seen out in the wild and seemed rather red. Unfortunately, I was only able to get the one quick photo before it disappeared behind the trees.
Other than that wildlife was rather scarce this day. The only other flying object being planes from the nearby RAF base in practise flights. Can you see what it says on the red parts underneath the plane...? Scary!

Part 2 coming soon!


12 comments:

  1. Stunning pictures. You walked a lot, 17 miles and the following day 15. I would love to do a walk that long, especially with those views.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we did it to raise money for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's :) It was amazing. Painful at the end of the first day...I could barely walk when it came to the last mile but very worth while.

      xo

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  2. Aw what a wonderful adventure to share with your dad :) I think you're right in thinking that's a Buzzard although it does look quite similar to a golden eagle! Beautiful either way! I can't quite make it out but does it say Destroy on the bottom of the plane?

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. It was great. So worth while! Haha yeah, wishful thinking that it was anything else :P But definitely exciting no matter what it was.
      It does! It says 'Seek' and 'Destroy'...eek!

      xo

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  3. Beautiful scenery and views here Danielle, I cans ee why you're so fond of this area - it's gorgeous! I love the views across the river and the Canada geese are always a nice sight. The bird you spotted does look big! I'm not too good at ID-ing the birds of prey - we get a lot of buzzards around here in Cumbria, but if it had a red tint, is it possibly a red kite or a kestrel? I'm no bird expert though so don't take my word for it! So nice that the Inn gave you a donation too! - Tasha

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    1. Right?! Why can't I just win some money and buy a place there?! I think it's a Buzzard, the tail and stuff wasn't right to be a red kite.
      They were super lovely people at the Inn!

      xo

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  4. You and your dad should be so proud of yourselves for walking all that way! It looks like a lot of fun and even more so as you were all on your lonesome too! Is there anything better than a nice walk without other people around... I don't think there is haha!

    The inn is definitely worth another visit especially if you can take Baker along too!

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    1. Thank you :D I just want to live there, urgh.

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  5. Wow fairplay to you both for doing that walk, 30 miles is certainly a good trek! I loved seeing your photos, it looks like a scenic walk. I love the idea of pubs which allow dogs a few we've stayed in have been like that and I think it just gives them a much more friendly vibe.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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    1. Thank you! I think if we didn't have all our ailments we could have done more haha. Yes it seems quite popular to allow dogs in places now which is good.

      xo

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  6. Well done on completing your charity walk - I think you did wonderfully, and you should be really proud. I'm sure it helped a little having such lovely views to enjoy as you walked! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you. Oh yes, it certainly helped being in such amazing surroundings!!

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