Walking in Northumberland
36 walks throughout the county - coast, Cheviots, Hadrian's Wall and Pennines
Guidebook to walking in Northumberland. 36 graded walks of 4 to 14 miles, from the beautiful coast with its immense, empty beaches and dramatic, crag-top castles to the remote hills of the Cheviots and Pennines. Includes Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne Priory, Kielder, Berwick, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles and more.
SeasonsIt's always a great time to walk in Northumberland - each season holds its delights - but walkers need to be prepared for snow in the Cheviots and on the Pennines in winter.
CentresLindisfarne, Craster, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Seahouses, Wooler, Rothbury, Allendale, Haltwhistle, Alwinton, Ingram, Kielder and many other villages.
DifficultyA wide selection of walks including full days on the hills and coast and shorter walks at lower levels. Terrain includes moorland, farmland, forest tracks, coastal paths and woodland trails. Routes range from 6 to 22km. No technical difficulties.
Must SeeThe remote Cheviot Hills and impressive Iron Age forts; historic coastal routes, including the lesser-known side of Lindisfarne; Hadrian's Wall; the moors and valleys of the Pennines; Kielder Water and through its sprawling forests.
The book comprises 36 short walking routes between 4 and 14 miles in Northumberland, England's most sparsely populated county. Ranging from easy ambles and gentle woodland trails to long days on the hills, there is something for all types of walker - and all types of weather. Taking in the beautiful coast with its immense, empty beaches and dramatic crag-top castles to the remote hills of the Cheviots and Pennines, the whole county is covered. Most of the routes are circular, but there are a few linear walks that make use of local bus services. The landscapes are rich in history, featuring Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne Priory, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh castles, and much more. The walks are divided into five geographical areas: north-east Northumberland, National Park (north), Kielder, Tyne Valley and National Park (south) and the North Pennines. Each walk description contains information on start/finish points, distance covered, total ascent, terrain, approximate walking time, grade, maps required, transport options, public toilets and refreshments, and is accompanied by 1:50k OS mapping. The book also includes a handy route summary table.
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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.View author profile
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