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wonderful views, stories and myths

The Drake Stone and Harbottle Castle

Date: 24th June 2017
Time: 10:30 am  to  2:00 pm

Join us on our guided walk: The Drake Stone and Harbottle Castle

Learn about the stories & myths connected with the ‘Drake Stone’ and the castle that dominates the area.

Drake Stone by David Taylor.

Our walk takes us up through a wood to the ‘Drake Stone’ and then on to Harbottle Lake.  We then descend to Alwinton Church  before turning east towards the Lime Kiln & Park House.  There are wonderful views from here of the Drake Stone & Harbottle Castle.  Continuing east, we pass to the north of Harbottle Castle before taking the footbridge back into the village.

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Nobody knows the best places to walk in the National Park like our volunteers so you’ll never be short of local history, stories, features and viewpoints.

Places for this walk should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment and in the event we need to contact you to cancel or postpone due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Please dress for changeable weather, wear walking boots or shoes and bring drinks and snacks. Whilst well behaved dogs on leads are welcome, please take note of any specific instructions by the walk leader and the concerns of others.  If you have not already booked online, please pay on arrival.

Lace up your boots and enjoy a great time outside.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Distance: 5 miles

Category: Moderate – medium length walks of 5-16km (3-10 miles) on hilly ground with rising and falling levels. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Starting point (please meet here approx 10 minutes before the start time): Harbottle Forestry Car Park

Directions: From Rothbury take the B6381 west through Thropton. At ‘Flotterton’ take the right signed ‘Alwinton’.  Harbottle is about 5 miles.  The car park is in the woods on the left about 0.3 miles after the village.

OS Grid Ref: NT 928 049

Postcode: NE65 7BB (general area)


For those wishing to use GPS/Sat-Nav to find walk start points please note that, particularly in open country, postcodes cover a large area, so, whilst the postcode will get you to the right general area, you will still need to follow the detailed directions to locate the actual Walk Start Point.

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