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November 2019

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Shepherds Walks Tour of Northumberland - The Vale of Whittingham

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • Maximum number of places per day: 10
  • Price Per Person: £10.00

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Shepherds Walks Tour of Northumberland - The Vale of Whittingham (Cheviot Fringe sub-region).

There are nine distinct sub-regions within Northumberland.  They all differ noticeably from each other and the aim of this series of walks is to demonstrate the variety of landscapes in the county.  Each monthís walk will visit a different area to see and experience the variety that Northumberland has to offer and every walk is designed to capture the special characteristics of the area.

A varied and unusual circular walk around the Vale of Whittingham beginning on the edge of the Northumberland Sandstone Hills overlooking the landscape of Whittingham Vale.

Descending to walk alongside the River Aln via mixed farmland and crossing the invisible course of a Roman road and the site of a disused mill and its header dam.  Via pastoral land alongside the R Aln into Whittingham, passing a former pub and along an ancient lonnen near the confluence of the River Aln and the Callaly Burn.  

Across the flood plain below the sandstone outlier of Castle Hill and its summit hillfort.  Re-entering Thrunton Wood and ascending through coniferous woodland to the escarpment edge of Thrunton Crag with panoramic views of the Cheviots to the north, the coast to the east and west towards the Border Ridge around Carter Bar.  

This walk provides a concise overview of land-use in the vale, representing some of the best agricultural land in the county, with clear views towards other areas visited in this series of walks such as the Cheviots, the Northumberland Sandstone Hills and the North Northumberland Coast Plain.