Sunday 20 December 2015

Cateran Hole and Blawearie. Northumberland

Another one of Mike's delightful walks. With the car parked in the village of Eglingham, we headed down a lane toward a farm by the name of Tarry, which we did not. Steady walking brought us on to Cateran Hill.

 After a wee spot of heather bashing, Mike brought us to the Cateran Hole. A natural fissure or cave in the millstone grit. Reputedly used at one time by smugglers to hide their wares. Steps lead down in to the opening. Mike, donning head torch, disappeared rapidly inside. Lucky though was not so enthusiastic. It is a fascinating feature and worth a visit.
A spot of lunch out of the blustery wind and then we proceeded onward and around to Blawearie. Now a ruin but at one time quite a substantial, well built farm.
 Nearby is an old iron age hill fort. In its day it obviously must have been a fair size. It sits above the Harehope burn which flows down through  Corbie Crag and Grey Mare's Crag. Quite impressive rock features.

From there it was a somewhat boggy walk to Harehope farm and back to Eglingham. A dry day, windy but exceptionally mild. A good days walking covering nine miles.


  1. That looks quite a deep toilet Mike is down. All the best for the festive season.

  2. Mike thought it a hole-some place!!