Chillingham - Spring walk

Chillingham - Spring walk

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  • Walking Tour
Hosted by the Northumbrian Cambridge Association
Sunday, 2 June 2019 - 10.00am BST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Alumni and guests are invited to join the Northumbrian Cambridge Association at Chillingham Castle for their spring walk to visit the wild cattle, formal gardens and estate. Chillingham Wild Cattle Association have a 100 strong herd of white cattle on 350 acres of park land. The animals are left to their own devices and not farmed for milk or meat. This is the only herd of its sort in the country and was originally established centuries ago by the Grey family for hunting purposes.

The tour will start at 11:00, and we will make our way there beforehand in convoy by car/mini-bus from the Wild Cattle Carpark, and thence on foot. The tour will last about an hour, and will be preceded by a 5-minute talk by Professor Peter Atkins on the concept of “wildness” and “re-wilding.” 

The trip to see the wild cattle will be followed by lunch in the splendid setting of the medieval hall tea room at approximately 12.30. A group tour fixed price menu can be booked in advance (at £10 per person), or you can order for yourself on the day.

After lunch, there will be a choice of two walks, a shorter walk (no longer than one hour) that will include the Italian Garden (laid out in 1829 by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville), led by Andrena and myself, and a longer walk (of 6.5 miles and approximately two and a half hours) through Hepburn Woods and across open moorland to Ros Castle, which commands stunning views across Northumberland to the Cheviots and the sea. This walk will be led by Peter Atkins, Heather Cordell, and Gilbert Cockton, and the starting point for it will be a short drive from the Castle. 

Booking information

If you would like to attend this event please, complete the booking form below no later than Wednesday 22nd May. The form also includes more information on the event and lunch options.

£8.50 - £17.50 Per Person


Chillingham Castle
NE66 5NJ
United Kingdom

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