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Lovely place for a picnic

Wooler Common

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The heart of the countryside

  • Wooler Ponds car park in Northumberland National Park.

    Wooler Ponds car park at Wooler Common.

    Car park.

  • Access to Wooler Common Easy Going Trail, St Cuthbert’s Way and a network of public and permissive paths.
  • Also wheelchair-friendly loop with with handrail and tapping boards for the visually impaired starting from near the car park.


Just a five-minute drive west of Wooler, this wild area, owned by the Forestry Commission, allows you to get into the heart of the countryside.

It is a mixture of woodland and open ‘common’, knitted together by intriguing footpaths.

Two ponds lie at Wooler Common’s centre, reached by an easy access trail.

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Getting There

Public Transport: Wooler can be reached by a 50-minute bus journey from Alnwick (service number 473, IDM Travel).

This service runs every two hours.

A town bus service will take you within 400 metres of the common at the edge of Wooler.

The last part of the journey is undertaken on foot along the public road access on to the common.

Car: Follow the A1 to the A697, then travel on that road to The Peth in Wooler to Common Road.

  • Wooler, and the lands surrounding it, endured many raids by marauding Scots between the 14th and 16th century, and later by the border raiders or 'Reivers'. Wooler Common's recent past is less bloodthirsty.
  • Acquired by the Forestry Commission in 1960, the common has a pleasant mix of maturing plantation woodland and open 'common', criss-crossed by a network of public and permissive paths.
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Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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