Walks in Bellingham and Redesdale
Four circular walks in the Bellingham and Redesdale area of Northumberland.
- Distance: 6 - 11.5 miles
- Time: 3 - 8 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Hareshaw House - 6 miles
This lovely walk climbs up out of the small hamlet of Bellingham, passing the traditional livestock mart. You continue to climb before following the line of a disused railway through some very attractive landscape.
The return journey follows the line of the Pennine Way as you pass through the heather clad ground skirting below Callerhues Crag.
- Padon Hill - 7 miles
This walk passes near to the summit of the wonderful Padon Hill with its striking monument and then takes you through some of the wildest parts of Northumberland where you will experience a real sense of isolation.
On your return journey you pass Gibshiel Farm with its Hebridean sheep.
- Wild Border Country – 8 miles
This wonderful walk explores some of the wild border country that would have had a turbulent past. You get to see a number of bastles along route which were used to protect the farmers and livestock from the Scottish Raiders in the late 16thand early 17th centuries.
It is also a contrasting walk of different scenery, from the open windswept hill ground to the more fertile lower ground with its more managed landscape. From the old dovecot and walled garden at Redheugh farm to the old industrial limekiln on the high hill ground sited to improve the productivity of this marginal land.
- Reiver Country - 11 ½ miles
This wonderful walk explores the western area of the Cheviot Hills. After an initial climb you reach the lovely viewpoint of Byreness Hill. There is a concrete slab at the summit, which is all that remains of a small base of a fire watchtower. From here you get some spectacular views of the Catcleugh Reservoir a little further up the valley.
You maintain your height as you cross over Green Crag, Hoax Hill and Ravenís Pike, with a large cairn marking the summit.
A little further on, if time is on your side, you can make the 1½ hour detour to Chew Green, an area of earthworks which marks several camps or forts established in Roman Times.
Northumberland National Park Authority has worked closely with Shepherds Walks in the production of these guides.
Every landowner and farmer who owns or rents any of the land that the walks cross has been contacted individually. We have listened to their views and taken these on board.
The route maps and images of wildlife and plants that can be seen en route have been painted in watercolour by the highly acclaimed artist Tony Hopkins.
Each pack contains local information that will come in useful before visiting the regions the walks are based in.
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