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Alwinton to Netherton

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide:
  • Maximum number of places per day: 16
  • Price Per Person: £12.50

walk notes

An unusual linear walk using the local Spirit bus service (concessionary travel passes accepted otherwise £5.00 fare required) to travel from Netherton to Alwinton to walk back to Netherton allowing a contrasting route along the southern edge of the Cheviots. 


The upland and pastoral hill sheep farming section of the route uses Clennel Street and the Alwin valley passing through Old Rookland and Biddlestone Chapel before leaving the hard igneous rocks of the Cheviots.  


From below Biddlestone Quarry the route runs south and east on softer sedimentary rocks.  The underlying bedrock, glacial and alluvial deposits here are responsible for the fertile soils that support the arable farming that predominates south of the Cheviot Hills.  


This is a walk of two strongly contrasting halves based on the marked differences in underlying geology which are reflected in the relief and topography, microclimates, soils, land use, building styles, settlement patterns, history and archaeology of this richly diverse, attractive and tranquil landscape.