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Short Walks in Northumberland: Wooler, Rothbury, Alnwick and the coast

Discover 15 of the best short walks around Wooler, Rothbury, Alnwick and the Northumberland coast. Each comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, route description and lots of images, plus information on beauty spots and refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


These walks can be enjoyed any time of year, and each season brings its own delights, including changes to the plants and wildlife. Coastal routes can be particularly bracing in winter.


Alnwick, Wooler, Rothbury, Berwick, Bamburgh, Craster, Alnmouth, Amble, Whitley Bay, Cramlington


Coast and valley routes are suitable for most, but a moderate degree of fitness, as well as waterproofs and more robust footwear, are recommended for higher walks. Basic navigation skills are valuable for some higher routes and in poor weather. Inexperienced walkers should avoid the Simonside Hills in ice or snow.

Must See

Beautiful coastal walks, including Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Bamburgh, Craster, Alnmouth and Amble; massive beaches; some of the UK’s most impressive castles, including Dunstanburgh, Alnwick and Bamburgh; St Mary’s Island and lighthouse; Northumberlandia; Simonside Hills; Berwick’s town walls; riverside strolls; low hills; moorland; hill forts; seabird colonies, seals, deer and other wildlife
5 Jul 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .60cm

Would you like to explore the best of Wooler, Rothbury, Alnwick and the Northumberland coast? This guidebook covers 15 of the best short walks in Northumberland (3hrs or less, between 3 and 14km), including Holy Island (Lindisfarne), the Simonside Hills, Alnwick Castle, Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle, Bamburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Why choose this guidebook?

  • Easy to follow with clear route descriptions
  • Facilities, parking and highlights for every route
  • Ordnance Survey mapping
  • All routes are accessible by public transport
  • Information on local beauty spots and refreshment stops

Cicerone’s Short Walks guides contain everything you need to get outdoors and discover the best of an area. The routes are set in stunning scenery and are perfect if you’re new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family. Let the adventures begin!

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Vivienne Crow Cicerone author CROW

By Vivienne Crow

Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specialising in travel and the outdoors. A journalist since 1990, she abandoned the constraints of a desk job on regional newspapers in 2001 to go travelling. On her return to the UK, she decided to focus on the activities she loves the most - hill-walking, writing, travelling and photography. Based in north Cumbria, she has put her intimate knowledge of northern England to good use, writing more than a dozen popular walking guidebooks. She also contributes to a number of regional and national magazines, including several regular walking columns. Vivienne is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. 

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