Alwinton and The Castles

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Choose a clear day for this walk to be rewarded by the many spectacular views along the way. The first section of the walk is along Clennel Street, a wide, well-defined footpath which slowly climbs past sites of ancient settlement. Although not steep, the climb is unrelenting, so pause frequently to admire the view. The track through Kidland Forest is military-maintained, so it is easy to follow. The most magnificent part of the walk is over moorland so do take care; be well-prepared as conditions can quickly change. It is also advisable to take a compass, but again the path is well-defined but narrow. This walk has everything including a stretch along the River Coquet. There is a sting in the tail - a really steep bit quite near the end. It is short and sharp, but as you look back you see one of my favourite views in the Cheviot Hills and just on the riverbank, you can make out the lumps and bumps left behind by a medieval village; it is well worth the effort.

England - North England - Northumberland - Northumberland National Park


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
3/18/2009 - Barry Benson

We walked this in good weather. It is a brilliant walk, the phrase "spectacular views" doesn't even begin to do justice to the views you get. A couple of minor points. Firstly, nowhere does it point out that you are on Otterburn Military Range Open Access Area and may meet strange men with bracken in their hats waving guns, admittedly only loaded with blanks but it does command your attention rather sharply (they were very friendly). Secondly the figures are a bit out. (Now corrected, thank you, Barry!)