Bellingham - Wark Common - Wark's Burn - Wark

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This is a linear walk with one way by bus. Starting in the little Northumberland market town of Bellingham (pronounced 'Bill-in-jam' by locals), the walk quickly heads out along the Pennine Way and over moorland to Shitlington Crags. From now on, the route sticks to the lower and greener pastureland around Wark Common. There are stunning views in all directions, but there's still more climbing to do!

We leave the Pennine Way to descend to Wark's Burn, a very tranquil spot for a picnic. After a short stretch along a quiet lane, the route soon reaches and follows the Gofton Burn.

The last part of the walk (a re-crossing of the Wark's Burn) may be a little adventurous. The descent to the burn is quite steep and awkward, especially after rain, so should be taken with care. The crossing is via a ford. It is possible to cross (with great care) on rocks, but these are very slippery when wet. If this is the case, you are strongly advised to bite the bullet and wade. The water is just deep enough to go over the top of your boots, but don't worry too much, you will only be ten minutes from the end of the walk and the excellent Battlesteads Hotel.

Dog-walkers, please note the presence of livestock and some dog-unfriendly stiles.

NB: you will also require map OL43, Hadrian's Wall.

England - North England - Northumberland - Northumberland National Park


Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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