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Walking in Northumberland

36 day-walks

by Alan Hall
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 36 day walks in Northumberland including the Cheviot Hills. The terrain varies from wild walks and craggy ascents to gentle riverside strolls. Each route ranges from 4 to 16 miles in length and there is the opportunity to link several walks together to create longer treks.

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Northumberland is fantastic walking country; it offers a varied terrain that appeals to many different walkers. From dales and crags to coastline and undulating hillside, Walking in Northumberland has 36 circular day walks to suit all abilities and interests. Walkers will experience wild walks, craggy ascents, forest treks and gentle riverside strolls that cover endless miles of sandy bays, rippling dunes and rocky points. Each walk varies in length between 4 and 16 miles and so will fit perfectly into a day’s walking.

The guidebook has been divided into four chapters that focus on the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland’s dales and crags, the coastline and route summaries that outline eight long-distance walks that pass through the county.  The Cheviot Hills, England’s most isolated range, are a must for any upland enthusiast due to the very nature of their terrain. The crags and dales in Northumberland offer such a variety of route possibilities and terrain that no two walks in this guidebook are the same Walking in Northumberland also allows walkers to embrace 48 miles of a coastline that has no equal on England’s shores as well as amble over sweeping sands and dimpled dunes decorated by massive castles and pensive priories.

  • Seasons
    Any time of the year is a great time to walk in Northumberland, although when cold and cloaked in winter the lower level walks may be attractive.
  • Centres
    Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lindisfarne, Wooler, Alnwick, Rothbury, Morpeth, Hexham, Allendale, Haltwhistle, Bellingham and many other villages.
  • Difficulty
    Day and half-day walking routes of varying difficulty from easy to longer and remoter upland walks.
  • Must See
    The Cheviot hills, the wild shoreline and Lindisfarne, the valleys of the northern Pennines.

March 2014

walk 16

Skyspace and bells burn loop. Readers confirm that this walk is still very difficult, beyond skyspace. The track has not been used in a long time and not maintained now. The forestry commission have felled this area and it is now broken tree roots, uprooted deadwood, marsh, bog and hidden holes. This area is considered inaccessible.

June 2013

Walk 15 - The Keilder Stane

Many thanks go to one of our readers for the following updates:

1. the ‘Kielder Stane Walk’ waymark at the entrance to the forest is missing (off the Kielder - Saughtree road)

2. the ‘Kielder Stane Spur’ marker at Peel Fell is missing

3. care is needed as the descent crosses dense heather, which makes for tough walking

October 2011

We are grateful for some reader feedback on Route 16 Skyspace and Bells Burn loop.

The forestry operations and new observatory have changed the landscape in a way not possible on most other walks. The forestry tracks are now difficult to follow, if passable at all.

July 2011

Walk 4 - Muckle Cheviot

We are grateful to a reader for the following tips for other readers:

1. The path SW of Harthope Linn requires many river crossings. However, if wet the route could easily become impassable - in some places the path has been washed away. The problem would be revealed soon if doing the walk in the direction described. If the walk was being done the other way round the option of abandoning it would not exist - the further down the burn one went the more difficult the crossings would become.
2. The faint path up to Cairn Hill is difficult to find and the public path at 907191 no longer peters out. It seems that people now continue to the col and pick up the fence there.


May 2010

Walk 35 - The Craster and Howick Round

It has been brought to our attention by a reader that, in season, it is necessary to buy an entry ticket to Howick Hall in advance in order to complete this route (from Howick Hall entrance as far as Red Stead). The grassy track via the Howick Dene is now out of bounds and padlocked. Walkers need to pay to visit Howick Hall Grounds or to continue on the main road.

We are grateful to a reader for the following information on Walk 13:

Neither the orange nor red way-markers used as a guide for this walk are available due, it would appear, to forestry activity.

At the southern end of North Wood, after the line of beech trees, the red markers guide us through conifer, with the path almost doubling back on itself” neither the turning nor the path are visible – but a clear track marked by yellow footpath markers leads you through conifer forest – which is not the correct way.


Climate and Weather Patterns
Flora and Fauna
History: Time Charts
County Guidelines
Access and Accommodation
About this Guide
Special Interest Table
Clothing and Equipment
1 The Cheviot Hills
Walk 1 The Old Ways
Walk 2 Northumberland's Alpine Valley
Walk 3 Meltwater Channels and Bloody Remains
Walk 4 Muckle Cheviot
Walk 5 Eight Crags seen from Hedgehope
Walk 6 An Archaeological Adventure
Walk 7 The Great Breamish Round
Walk 8 Ancient Ways through ‘Lytle Hills and Dyvers Valyes’
Walk 9 Vintage Cheviots
2 Crags and Dales
Walk 10 Castles Ahoy
Walk 11 By Forest, Fell and Craggy Ridge
Walk 12 Coquetdale's Millstones
Walk 13 A Holy Place and a Magic Place
Walk 14 ‘Festina Lente’ – Hasten Gently
Walk 15 The Kielder Stane – with Feral Goats and Curlews
Walk 16 SkySpace and Bells Burn Loop
Walk 17 Victorian Endeavour – Stones Galore, a Profusion of Wildlife and Musical Burns
Walk 18 Blood and Thunder
Walk 19 Wallington Estate Walk
Walk 20 Wannie Line Walk
Walk 21 Classic Crags and Silver Birch
Walk 22 The Roman Memorial
Walk 23 River Allen by Gorge and Rigg
Walk 24 The South Tyne Line and ‘Postman's Path’
Walk 25 Flues and Chimney Stacks of the Silver Dale
Walk 26 Drovers, Miners and Monks
Walk 27 Northumberland's Klondyke
Walk 28 Highs and Lows of the Silver Dale
3 Northumbrian Shores
Walk 29 Elizabethan Walls and Dual Nationality
Walk 30 The Silvery Tweed
Walk 31 Sandy Miles to the Pilgrim's Way
Walk 32 The Lordly Strand of Lindisfarne
Walk 33 By Budle Sands and Bebbanbrough
Walk 34 Golden Beaches and a ‘Turner’
Walk 35 The Craster and Howick Round
Walk 36 A Medieval Port, Auric Sands and Warkworth
4 Long-Distance Walks
St Cuthbert's Way
Hadrian's Wall Path
Hadrian's Wall Walk
The Alternative Pennine Way
Lakeland to Lindisfarne
An Alternative Coast to Coast
The Reiver's Way
Appendix 1 Glossary of Names and Local Terms
Appendix 2 Further Reading
Appendix 3 Useful Information
Appendix 4 Summary Table of Walks
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