Walking in Northumberland

36 walks throughout the national park - coast, Cheviots, Hadrian's Wall and Pennines

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12 Mar 2018
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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.

Seasons Seasons
It'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.
Centres Centres
Lindisfarne, Craster, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Seahouses, Wooler, Rothbury, Allendale, Haltwhistle, Alwinton, Ingram, Kielder and many other villages.
Difficulty Difficulty
A 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 See Must See
The 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.
12 Mar 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Wildlife and habitats
    Where to stay
    Public transport
    Waymarking and access
    Clothing, equipment and safety
    Using this guide
    Northeast Northumberland, including the coast
    Walk 1 Craster and Howick Hall
    Walk 2 Dunstanburgh Castle and Low Newton
    Walk 3 Seahouses to Belford
    Walk 4 Lindisfarne
    Walk 5 Berwick-upon-Tweed to Eyemouth
    Walk 6 Norham Castle and River Tweed
    Walk 7 St Cuthbert’s Cave and the Kyloe Hills
    Walk 8 Doddington Moor
    Walk 9 Bewick Moor
    National Park (north) including the Cheviot Hills
    Walk 10 Yeavering Bell from Wooler
    Walk 11 Great Hetha, the border and Ring Chesters
    Walk 12 The Cheviot
    Walk 13 Ancient Ingram
    Walk 14 Breamish Valley and Salter’s Road
    Walk 15 Harbottle
    Walk 16 Wether Cairn
    Walk 17 Clennell Street and Usway Burn
    Walk 18 Border Ridge including Windy Gyle
    Walk 19 Thrunton Wood
    Walk 20 Rothbury Terraces
    Walk 21 The Simonside Hills
    Walk 22 Tarsetdale Bastles
    Walk 23 Bull Crag Peninsula
    Walk 24 Cat Cairn, Lewis Burn and Lakeside Way (south)
    Walk 25 Kielder Forest and Lakeside Way (north)
    Walk 26 Deadwater Fell and Peel Fell
    Tyne Valley and National Park (south) including Hadrian’s Wall
    Walk 27 Heavenfield and Wall
    Walk 28 Hadrian's Wall and Greenlee Lough
    Walk 29 Vindolanda and Crag Lough
    Walk 30 Best of Hadrian’s Wall
    Walk 31 Haltwhistle and the South Tyne
    Walk 32 Hadrian's Wall Path and Thirlwall Castle
    North Pennines
    Walk 33 Allenmill Flues
    Walk 34 Above Allenheads
    Walk 35 Blanchland Moor
    Walk 36 Birkside Fell and Beldon Burn

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts

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  • Reviews
    Very well written by Vivienne with concise route descriptions and some stunning photographs throughout the 200 pages, this is a walking book to suit all ages and abilities.

    Northumberland is a county of a variety of scenic highlights and this has been well covered in this latest new walking guide by Vivienne Crow.

    This new book covers the best areas of Northumberland; the stunning coastline with its secluded beaches, the northern part of the county including the Cheviot Hills, Kielder Water and its surrounding forests, the area around Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines in the area south of the River Tyne around Blanchland and Allendale.

    The book contains a total of 36 walks ranging from 4 miles to 13½ miles. In the book the walks are also graded from one to five – easy to strenuous, based not just on distance and ascent but also on the type of terrain encountered on the walk.

    In a number of previous books by Cicerone one of my minor criticisms was that some of the walks were starting and finishing partway down a page and I am glad to see that in this book each walk starts at the top of a new page.

    In addition to the walks themselves, the book also contains chapters on Weather, Geology, Wildlife & Habitats, History, Places to stay, Public Transport, Maps, Waymarking and access, Access for Dogs and finally Clothing, Equipment and Safety.

    I have probably walked over a third of these walks whilst on holidays at Alnwick, Keilder, Gilsland and Haltwistle but that leaves me with probably a further twenty walks in this book still to tackle over the next few years.

    Very well written by Vivienne with concise route descriptions and some stunning photographs throughout the 200 pages, this is a walking book to suit all ages and abilities.

    John Burland

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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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