Scot's Gap Railway Ramble

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We leave Scot's Gap and walk up the dismantled railbed of the Rothbury Line to Delf Burn. Originally thirteen miles long, it reached Rothbury in 1870 after seven years of construction. It was used to carry coal, stone, livestock, lime and passengers before its closure after World War II to passengers in 1952 and freight in 1963.

We leave the line and walk through the Delf Plantation and onto the old limestone quarry with limekilns. We then cross open pastureland to join the 'Wannie' line and return to Scot's Gap. The 'Wannie' line ran from Morpeth to Scot's Gap, after six years of construction in 1862. It then continued on to Redesmouth in 1865.

It was closed along with all of Northumberland's branchlines with the last train along it on 2nd October 1966, called the 'Wansbeck Piper'.

Please note: the walk uses permissive paths that are only open between 1st June and 31st October, due to lambing and calving.

England - North England - Northumberland - Northumberland National Park


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