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Fontburn Reservoir

Walk 4 - Fontburn Reservoir

This is a nice gentle walk that involves little climbing but still gives you the satisfaction of more strenuous walks. There are some interesting points on route.

walk summary

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting Point: Harwood
  • OS Map: Explorer OL42

This is a nice gentle walk that involves little climbing but still gives you the satisfaction of more strenuous walks.


There are some interesting points on route and it is one of those walks in Northumberland that you will really enjoy.


It is one of those walks that explores some of the little known gems of Northumberland.


The walk starts with a forest section and then the beautiful Greenleighton moor, as you look down on Fallowlees burn winding its way to the reservoir.


The section of the walk that skirts Fontburn reservoir is exquisite and relatively hard to get to, therefore it is so unspoilt.


You then return via Fallowlees farm, which is a nice walk through Harwood forest on good paths.


Every time I have undertaken this walk I have never failed to see Roe deer grazing on the lush young grass next to the forest tracks. Keep your camera handy.


A good example of one of the great walks we have in Northumberland.



Distances and driving times to starting point


Newcastle - Distance: 25 miles


Sunderland - Distance: 38 miles


Hexham - Distance: 24 miles


Alnwick - Distance: 32 miles


Edinburgh - Distance: 82 miles


 


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shepherd's notes

This walk guide contains route data which can be used in conjunction with your own GPS.


This walk crosses our farm, so I hope I give you a little extra information in this walk guide. As many of the paths in this area are not walked very often they may not be clear under foot, so I recommend this route guide be walked in conjunction with an OS map.


While re walking this walk recently to make sure nothing had changed, I had a moment to treasure. A Kestrel sitting on a fence post. As it spotted me it took to the air, but instead of flying away it hovered effortlessly for over five minutes, before diving down for itís prey. It was a spectacular site.



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Posted By: Harry Percy | Sun 17th June 2012

We did this walk yesterday after buying a full set of walks from you at the start of the year.

The around the reservoir is lovely and a truly special place to get away from everything. A nice varied walk and, as we have found will all the walks so far, nice clear instructions.

We are enjoying working our ways through the walking guides. Simonside next!

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