Walking in Northumberland
36 walks throughout the national park - coast, Cheviots, Hadrian's Wall and Pennines
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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.
- 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.
- Lindisfarne, Craster, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Seahouses, Wooler, Rothbury, Allendale, Haltwhistle, Alwinton, Ingram, Kielder and many other villages.
- 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
- 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.
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.
Wildlife and habitats
Where to stay
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
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
The map extracts in this book are from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:50,000 Landranger series. They are meant as a guide only, and walkers are advised to purchase the relevant map(s) – and know how to navigate using them. To complete all the walks, you’ll need Landranger sheets 74, 75, 80, 81, 86 and 87. The OS 1:25,000 Explorer series provides greater detail, showing field boundaries as well as access land. Sheets OL16, OL31, OL42, OL43, 332, 340, 339 and 346 cover all the routes in this book.
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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 Articles and Books by Vivienne Crow
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