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Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - Northumberland

8th - 10th June 2022

Gilsland, Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland


If you like Roman history then you’ll love Gilsland! This lovely village is situated on Hadrian’s Wall, with milecastles, turrets, Roman roads, camps, Vallum and sections of Hadrian’s Wall waiting to be explored. To the north of Gilsland the River Irthing has created a deep wooded gorge with the spectacular waterfall of Crammel Linn. The village also straddles the border between Cumbria and Northumberland and lies on the southern edge of the Northumberland National Park – this is true ‘Border Country’!

The Samson Inn is situated at the heart of Gilsland and dates back to the 17th Century when it was a coaching inn. During the 19th Century, the pub was rebuilt and renamed after the famous steam engine ‘Samson’ with the arrival of the railways.

Mark Reid has written The Inn Way... to Northumberland and so knows the village and surrounding hills and valleys like the back of his hand.

Walking Weekender based from: Samson Inn, Gilsland
Samson Inn Gilsland hadrian's wall

Evening entertainment

Friday evening (9pm) - Meet at the Samson Inn for our 'icebreaker' pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.

Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening - you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.

Saturday evening (7:45pm) - Meal at Samson Inn (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.

Weekend Walks

There will be a choice of adventurous or leisurely guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Richard Tarran MVO (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening 'icebreaker', where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.

Saturday (9:30am) - choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes along Hadrian’s Wall and up through the Irthing Gorge into Spadeadam Forest – superb walks full of interest, history, variety and views. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.

Sunday (10am)
- choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and hills routes. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells... until the next Walking Weekender!

Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a 'full day' from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a 'half day' from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer 'longer' or 'shorter' routes after lunch.

Gilsland facilities & accommodation

How to get to Gilsland
Gilsland lies just off the A69 between Carlisle and Hexham. The nearest train station is at Haltwhistle (5 miles to the east).

Facilities
Gilsland has two pubs, several B&Bs, self catering accommodation, bunkhouse and cafe

Accommodation
For accommodation suggestions, please see TeamWalking website

Price

ONLY £80 per person for the Walking Weekender 

What's Included
  • Friday Night 'icebreaker' evening at the pub.

  • Choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday

  • Walks guided by qualified & knowledgeable Mountain Leaders

  • Saturday evening Pub QuIz Night

  • Use of our Outdoor Gear if required

  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme (more info)

  • Goodie Bag

  • Boots & Beer technical T-shirt (new colour each year!)

Please provide your own travel, food and accommodation for the weekend, as well as your own walking boots. Over 18s only - Walking Weekenders are designed for adults. Discount vouchers issued at the weekend.

Experience & fitness:
  • No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.

  • A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day's walk across the Northumberland Hills and Hadrian's Wall.

  • We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.

  • We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders

  • So far, we have taken over 13,500 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.

  • Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.

  • Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form

The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 8 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 8 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day's walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).