Club Walk, Lordenshaws, Simonside - Tuesday 25th July 2017.

     

On Tuesday 25th July 2017, thirteen members met in the Lordenshaws car park at Simonside for Walk Number Three
on the Summer Programme. Not visited previously by the club, this was a slightly different walk to explore the site of
an Iron Age Hill Fort and Neolithic stone carvings within the Northumberland National Park.

     

The group headed east from the car park and followed the grass path up a gentle incline to a ridge where the first of
three large fell sandstone rocks can be seen. Known as The Main Rock, Horseshoe Rock and Channel Rock, they display
many examples of rock art - cup and ring marks, hollows and grooves over 5,000 years old.

Stunning views of Simonside, the Coquet Valley and the distant Cheviot hills can be seen from this location. Situated
on the north eastern side of the hill with views over Garleigh moor, Channel Rock is the largest of the three stones and
has a series of cups clustered around the top of a deep long groove that runs across the surface of this rounded rock
and down to the edge of the outcrop.

Continuing across the moorland we passed a low wall that was once the boundary of a medieval deer park and took
one of several paths in the area that led us to the hill fort. Lordenshaws is a circular fort with defensive ditches around
140 meters in diameter, 6 metres wide and up to 3 metres deep. East and West entrances cut through these ditches
and are marked with large boulders and facing stones. Once inside the remains of several roundhouses are half sunken
into the ground with the stone walls of three houses still in place. Ancient tracks, burial cairns and strange shaped
earthworks also feature in the topography of the settlement.

    

Harebells, Thistle, Fern, and Blackface sheep were all seen amongst the Ling heather that added a beautiful purple tinge
to the wild landscape. On a warm dry evening, members photographed many aspects of the area making it a successful
visit. A big thank you to those who attended.

Davy.