Barrowburn, Middle Hill and Rowhope

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This circular walk leads you through some beautiful scenery in amongst the Cheviots. Although there are no huge hills, the outward leg of the route involves a fairly sustained uphill climb that takes you to the top of Middle Hill (~400m). During the autumn months, the golden colours of the ferns and trees lends a warmth to the view on even the chilliest of days, as can be seen in the general picture here. Although mostly on hard-packed gravel bridleway, parts of the walk feature muddy and grassy sections, so suitable footwear is essential.

Another point to note is that the walk takes you well within earshot of a MoD firing range, so this is maybe not the route for jumpy dogs! There are gates and cattle grids at every fence crossing, so combined with the fact that the route is entirely on bridleway, this would also make for a good short mountain bike route.

There are no facilities whatsoever around this route, the nearest being about six miles along the road at Alwinton, where there is a pub and public toilets.

England - North England - Northumberland - Cheviot Hills


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
8/5/2013 - Judy White

My partner and I did this walk on a fine day in early July and felt it was an excellent short walk in this lovely unspoiled area of Northumberland. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. It would be an ideal walk for people who want a taste of walking in this area but don't feel confident about doing a longer walk. The only addition I can give to the walk details is that there are now some facilities at Barrowburn - the farmhouse there has a tearoom. It wasn't open when we did the walk on a weekday morning but has been when I have been in the area previously and is worth a visit.

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