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I am a qualified hill guide, leading guided walks primarily in Northumberland, UK.
I am a qualified hill guide, leading guided walks primarily in Northumberland, UK.

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For guided walks in Northumberland and the Borders.
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If you want to go hill walking, you've got the Goretex jacket, the boots, the rucksack and the all important sense of adventure, but you're unsure about stepping out into a landscape like that found in Northumberland National Park, then a Hill Skills course, might just be what you're looking for. At Footsteps, we have five Hill Skills courses planned for 2015. They are all based in The Cheviot Centre in Wooler on the following dates:
18/19 April
6/7 June
27/28 June
11/12 July
8/9 August
The cost per person is £90 and you must register with Mountain Training before you apply to join our Hill Skills course in Wooler. There is one morning in the classroom, followed by an afternoon and a whole day out and about in the Cheviot Hills, developing your confidence and hill walking skills.  

There's lots of information on the Mountain Training website and we are Footsteps - walking the beauty of Northumberland, you can find us on Google too.
Hill and Mountain Skills
Hill and Mountain Skills
mountain-training.org
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A Footsteps guided walk to St. Cuthbert's Cave in rural Northumberland. Shonette Shares - St Cuthberts Cave 
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Footsteps - walking the beauty of Northumberland is a provider of the new Hill Skills courses developed and launched by the Mountain Training governing bodies in the UK and Ireland. Our first Hill Skills course and perhaps the first in Northumberland takes place in Wooler over 2 days in May, namely 10th & 11th May 2014. Most of the  course takes place outside in the Northumberland National Park and costs just £95.00 per person.  

A second course runs in July 2014 over the weekend of 12th and 13th of that month.

For more information about how to enrol and book on the course visit here for more information.
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Bewick Moor, a prehistoric landscape in Northumberland
We walk through history as we cross this wonderful heather moorland in the heart of the wild Northumberland countryside. From the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1100BC) right up to the modern day, humans have left their mark on this landscape and you get up close to it, on this Footsteps guided walk. You will discover a hidden cave, a mysterious place with lots of secrets. There’s a ruined farm, Blawearie, romantic and rugged, Wuthering Heights perhaps in a different location. There are two prehistoric hill forts dominating the landscape.  You’ll see Bronze Age rock art, those curious ‘cup and ring’ marked rocks, touch them and reach back through time to those people who left their mark on the landscape. Best of all perhaps is the Bronze Age burial cairn, but I’ll say no more about that particular treasure, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. This is an exciting and adventurous walk for all the family and the dog too. 
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The Pilgrims' Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
We walk in the footsteps of the Saints and early Christians along the ancient Pilgrims' Way, the traditional route to Lindisfarne, which has been in use for at least 1500 years.  You can choose to walk barefoot and feel the squidgy mud between your toes, or wellies or sandals if you prefer. We do have to splash through some water though, so wellies work well on this Footsteps walk.  As we cross the wide open space between the mainland and the Island, listen out for the singing seals, you’ll remember that mournful, magical sound for a long time.  Once on the Island, we'll be exploring and discovering some of its wilder corners before walking back over to the mainland along the tarmac causeway. Alternatively, we can catch a bus back to the mainland. Please bring money for tea and cake and your bus fare, which is at present £1.70 for a single adult fare.
This is an exciting and adventurous walk for all the family and the dog too.
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Walking in the Winter in Northumberland, our latest blog post about the joys of being out and about in this remarkable county.
Winter walking in Northumberland - not to be missed
Winter walking in Northumberland - not to be missed
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