The Reivers Way
By Paddy Dillon
A guidebook to walking the Reivers Way. Follow in the footsteps of the border reivers on this 240km (150 mile) route running from Corbridge to Alnmouth. The reivers route wanders through wild and scenic parts of Northumberland, and can be walked in 9 days. The book also includes variants and alternative routes.
Seasonsspring can be the most attractive time; in summer accommodation needs to be booked ahead but ferries will be running to the Farne Islands; weather is less reliable in the autumn; in winter some accommodation providers will be closed and walking may be harder (in deep snow or after prolonged rain)
CentresNewcastle-upon-Tyne, Corbridge, Rothbury, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Alnmouth
DifficultyThe Reivers Way is straightforward but sometimes the walk is remote and not specifically waymarked so navigation skills are required; terrain is varied; the route is described in 9 day stages but experienced long-distance walkers could tackle it in a week
Must SeeNorth Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Hadrian’s Wall; Northumberland National Park; Cheviot Hills; Northumberland Heritage Coast; Farne Islands; dramatic castles and wild, empty landscapes
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.
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