Lewisburn Circular

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From the Forestry Commission's car park at Lewisburn we walk along the 'Bloody Bush' forest road, a toll road in years gone by when coal was transported to the Borders from the North Tyne. We leave this road at 'The Forks' to walk along the Lewis Burn, which we cross via an quaint old stone pack-horse bridge. As we gently climb up through the forest, the tranquillity of the area, with just the wildlife for company, gives you time to appreciate what it must have been like up here before the trees were planted, seeing the remains of farm steadings and old family 'gardens'. Reaching further forest tracks, we make our way up to the 'Log Lookout', a structure made of pine logs providing sheltered seating whichever way you sit to view the forest below. From here we descend to the Akenshaw Burn, crossing it to follow the path through woodland to 'Skedaddle', another piece of art, made from 6,500 triangular blocks of pine and larch and built in the shape of a huge skittle. From here it's a short woodland walk back to the car park.

England - North England - Northumberland - Kielder Forest


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/1/2008 - Julia Ewart

Rewalked 30.05.08 JE Toilet Block has been removed. W4-5 onwards still rough under foot but path more visible. The track has washed away at the Peat Sike burn but there was never a bridge here. It was a easy step stride to cross it where previous walkers are now crossing to the path. New photos added of where to turn right.

11/30/2006 - Julia Ewart

I've been checking this and I think Stephen turned up a bit too soon. The main track takes you over the burn (bridge? Its a buried pipe with road over), then he should have gone onto the old hamlet area and turned up between the trees, which it does say is rough (due to the recent felling) at the start but becomes more obvious with the odd fallen tree which he obviously found. I think he's cut across the recently felled area too soon, but it was rough on that section as mentioned on the description. Very glad he seemed to enjoy it. Sorry about the confusion but that's the way it is up there in dem forests!

11/12/2006 - Stephen Wright

We did this walk late October 06 - at the Peat Sike burn, the bridge has crumbled and the crossing is difficult for the less mobile. Maybe we went a little wrong here but there isn't really a path to the right after the burn - merely a gap between two sections of the forest. Under foot this is fairly hard going and in parts pretty boggy. Waterproof boots are essential and be prepared to climb over or scramble under the fallen trees! Otherwise its a great walk - we saw no-one else all day!