At the end of October a number of Explorer Scouts headed up to Chesters Cottage on a night hike. The aim was to provide an opportunity for Explorers to experience hill walking in the dark and allow them to practice their night navigation skills.
We met at 8.45pm on Friday evening at the small car park in Ingram village which is situated in the Breamish valley approximately 2 miles away from Chesters Cottage. When all of the group were present they were split into two teams – team one was led by Nick Coulson and team two by Katie Willis.
The route was explained to both teams before they set off on a staggered start walking south over Wether Hill then north west over Lumsden Hill to Leafield Edge, before heading north to Chesters Cottage, an approximate distance of 4.6 miles.
Both teams arrived at the cottage not long after midnight and enjoyed a late supper before heading to their bunks.
After a slow start on Saturday morning time was spent exploring the area around the cottage, learning how to use a felling axe and visiting a memorial stone in memory of Eleanor Heron who died in December 1863 during a snowstorm close to the cottage.
By 2.00pm the party was ready to leave the cottage and return to Ingram village via the Chesters Burn and Ewe Hill a distance of 2 miles.