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Harbottle Crags walk, Northumberland

Walk 18 - Harbottle Crags

This lovely walk explores the Harbottle Crags, a nature reserve managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. From the summit of the crags you are treated to some spectacular views of the quaint village of Harbottle situated down below. This is my all time favorite medium length walk in Northumberland.



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walk summary

This lovely walk explores the Harbottle Crags, a nature reserve managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. From the summit of the crags you are treated to some spectacular views of the quaint village of Harbottle situated down below.


After you descend through a wooded section you follow a track where again the views of the Cheviot Hills in the distance takes your breath away. You then return back in to the village following the ‘Border County Ride’, which takes in a restored Lime Kiln before dropping back down to the River Coquet with it’s abundance of wildlife.


There is a short distance on the walk that is situated on the edge of Otterburn Training area. The paths this walk uses are open to public use all the time (even when the red flags are flying). The walk has been cleared personally with the Range Control Officer.


The route is good under foot, but strong shoes are recommended.


Out of all the walks in Northumberland if you are looking for a great 6 mile walk this is the one.



Distances and driving times to starting point


Newcastle - Distance: 39 miles


Sunderland - Distance: 52 miles


Hexham - Distance: 37 miles


Alnwick - Distance: 24 miles


Edinburgh - Distance: 87 miles


 


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shepherd's notes

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A great walk, one of my favourites. I originally wrote this walk for the 'Roebuck', the magazine for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.


JS wrote - What a little gem of a walk it was as well. Beautiful scenery, lovely weather and plenty of photo opportunities. As ever the instructions were crystal clear. I never get bored walking around Northumberland and the best thing about it is there's nobody there.


PD wrote - What a fantastic walk this is! I set off with Harbottle Castle behind me, crossed the first field and then began to ascend to the glorious views around the Drake Stone.


Then it was on to Harbottle Lake where the utter peace and tranquillity were soul-refreshing. Then a complete change. Down through the woods to Alwinton and then back through rolling countryside, then by the lovely Coquet, a walk up to Harbottle Castle to finish off.


With a bag full of photographs of my own, and a photographic exhibition at Harbottle village hall as the cream on the cake, what more could anyone ask for.


Thank you for a really great walk.

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