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We had left Durham and intended to travel the A696 to just north of Otterburn but earlier in the week a truck carrying a wind turbine blade had crashed and therefore closed the road while they recovered the blade. Our alternative route was to take the A68 which was originally an old roman road called Dere Street. The road was straight but it did go up and down with many blind summits and was narrow in places so the journey was a bit tense to say the least.

We arrived safely at the Border Forest Campground in the Kielder Forest and after setting up we enjoyed a walk into the forest. Daisy loved all the new smells and even made a new friend when we met a man with his pointer dog. Daisy was very friendly with the dog and two dogs romped through the forest and really had fun. We are still not sure how Daisy will react to other dogs as sometimes she is happy other times, particularly if they come head on or bark at her she barks and lunges. Is it the lead? Is it the type of dog? She seems particular disturbed by small yappy dogs. Is it fear or play? Need to continue to work with her.

The next day we started with a walk in the countryside around Otterburn. After lunch we drove out of Otterburn into part of the Northumberland National Park. A large proportion of the area is owned by the Ministry of Defence and used for artillery exercises. However when the range is not in use members of the public have access to the land and roads. We followed a single track road through some beautiful valleys and wild moors. There were a number of information boards explaining the sheep farming industry, the history particularly the visible outlines of original Roman forts and the Otterburn artillery range. An interesting drive with some great scenery.

The next day we headed back into the area to undertake a walk from the small village of Alwinton into the Otterburn range. The day was just spectacular and the trail excellent. We only saw two other hikers and plenty of sheep.

This is such a great area.

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