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October 2014
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Cartington Castle and Great Tosson Tower

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide: Jon Monks
  • Maximum number of places per day: 15
  • Price Per Person: £10.00

walk notes

Cartington Castle is a ruinous, partly restored medieval English castle in the village of Cartington, 2 miles (3.2 km) north-west of Rothbury. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building.


Its first recorded owner was Ralph Fitzmain who held it in 1154. In the late 14th century a pele tower was built. This was extended to include a great hall, and probably a tower-defended courtyard, by John Cartington in 1442 when he was granted a licence to crenellate his home.


This 8 mile guided walk walks up out of Rothbury over to Cartington to look at the castle, before dropping down to the village of Thropton.


After crossing the River Coquet you will be guided to the ruins of Great Tosson Tower, a pele tower probably built in the late fifteenth century and later used as part of a system of watch towers designed to curb the activities of the Border Reivers.


After visiting Great Tosson Tower we will cross Lady's Bridge as we head back to Rothbury.

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