Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Escape the Christmas Madness!

I'm really not a humbug, I love Christmas - spending time with the family, decorating the tree, eating mince pies - but if you're like me and you've had enough of the shopping and traffic and crowds and daft songs that are all part of getting ready for Christmas, come along to Gibside and take a break from it all on the Skyline Walk. 

We added this path to the Gibside walks this year, to take in the farmland and the beautiful views up into Northumberland and the Cheviots, and west to the Pennines.  The walk leads you into Snipes Dene woodland, one of the most peaceful parts of the estate.

Part of the skyline walk along the route of an old waggon way. 
Not so many leaves left on the trees now though!

You'll need to put your boots on for this walk as it's quite a ramble, walking through fields and woodlands, not always on surfaced paths, and there are some steep hills and steps on the way.  It's worth the effort though, as the views, fresh air and peace and quiet will leave you calm and refreshed.  

You might still catch a glimpse of Santa as you walk past his grotto in the bothy, and there is a festive feel in the shop and tearooms.  But once you turn off onto the Skyline Walk, all you'll see to remind you of Christmas is ivy growing up the woodland trees, holly in the hedgerows, and the odd robin bobbing about.  I don't know about you, but I find that much nicer than flashing lights and 'I wish it could be Christmas Every Day'!

Follow this link for the Skyline Walk directions and map -
Gibside Skyline Walk

For a refreshing start to the New Year, join our boundary walk at 11am on the 1st of January.  Apparently, this is 'a 5 mile guided walk to the furthest reaches of Gibside, uncovering the wildlife and stories that make this place so special'.  Sounds good!

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