A challenging walk through beautiful valley of the Bowmont Water

A challenging walk with steep climbs in the beautiful valley of the Bowmont Water, made possible by kind permission of the farmers Kit and Christine Collins. The route follows part of the old Alnwick to Cornhill railway, then goes steeply upwards to the top of Kilham Hill for one of the most breathtaking views in Northumberland National Park.

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Route description

A. Walk through the hamlet of Kilham

From the grassy parking area walk back down the road you have just driven up and on through the hamlet of Kilham to the main road.

B. Bear right on to the railway line

Cross the road and go through the gate. Bear right over the field to the gate which leads onto the disused railway line. Go through the gate and turn right along the old railway line. Carry on along the old railway line for approximately ¾ mile.

C. Cross the railway line and head for the woodland

On reaching the fence which crosses the railway line turn right and follow the path uphill through the woodland to a ladder stile over the wall.

D. Over the ladder stile and head to the plantation

Go over the ladder stile and cross the road carefully. Turn left along the road, and after a short distance go through the first field gate on the right, Kilham Hill lies ahead. Bear right, (the grassy path is slightly indistinct) heading diagonally uphill, to the gate in the wall into the plantation.

E. Follow the path as it contours the hill

Go through the gate and follow the obvious track through the plantation. Go through the gate and follow the path uphill for a very short distance then turn right and follow the path as it contours the hill.

F. Follow the path upwards

Follow the path upwards the climb is steep, but take your time and admire the views.

G. Up the grassy path to the stone cairn

Continue up the grassy path to the stone cairn on the top of Kilham Hill.

H. Follow the path until you reach the tall deer fence

Just past the stone cairn follow the track down to the right. Keep to this track until you reach the tall deer fence.

I. Turn right and head downhill

At the deer fence turn left, go through the gate into the recently planted area and continue on. At the corner of the fence turn right, heading downhill, keeping the fence on your right.

J. Turn right and head back to the parking area

At the bottom of the hill turn right through the gate, follow the path over the burn and up to the gate. Go through the gate and turn right along the road back to the parking area.

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Walking route

Grade: Strenuous
Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)
Time: 3hrs
Map: OS Explorer 339

Getting there

By car

From Wooler: Follow the A697 north out of Wooler for approx 2.5 miles. At Akeld turn left onto the B6351, signed ‘Kirknewton. Continue along this road for 5.5 miles to Kilham.

Turn left at the Kilham Farm sign by the row of white farm cottages. Follow the single track road, past the farm on the left, for 1/2 mile to the grassy parking area on the right.