NY8861 : If you go down to the woods today ...

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Low Gate, Northumberland, Great Britain

If you go down to the woods today ...
If you go down to the woods today ...
... you'd better be well prepared.

If you’re thinking of using this innocuous looking footpath to walk eastwards alongside West Dipton Burn towards Windy Hill, note that the branch “path” that doubles back down to the burn, at around NY 8906 6164, is not easy to find.

The “path” along the burn is not recommended after rain, as it crosses the burn several times. There are in fact more than twice the number of “fords” as are marked on the 1:25000 map - which is absolutely useless for indicating which side of the burn you should be on. I recommend magicmap at a scale of 1:2500 (takes 5 A4 sheets, landscape).

The “fords” are simply places where you have to cross the burn in order to avoid crags; a possible line to take may (or may not) be indicated by traces of a “path” on the opposite bank - see NY8961 : Ford on West Dipton Burn and NY9061 : Ford on West Dipton Burn. Wear fishermen's thigh-length waders.

Also wear thick long trousers, a thick long-sleeved shirt and gardening gloves to combat the brambles, the head high nettles, and the head high bracken full of ticks carrying Lyme disease LinkExternal link . A fencer’s mask might also be useful. Put on lashings of insect repellent (at least 50% DEET LinkExternal link ). Take long handled secateurs/small flame thrower/machete for clearing a way through the jungle-like undergrowth, and a chainsaw for cutting through the trunks of the numerous fallen trees blocking the “path”.

And then there’s the terrifying trolls who live in the deep dark wood and enjoy nothing more than hurling unsuspecting passers-by into the raging waterfalls NY8961 : Waterfall on West Dipton Burn.
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Date Taken
Monday, 15 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 88554 61686 [1m precision]
WGS84: 54:56.9815N 2:10.8140W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 88524 61696
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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