Where to see Blanket Bogs in Northumberland
Bellcrag Flow is an excellent site to see the blanket bog habitat with a boardwalk so visitors can keep their feet dry! The bog is located at Grid Reference NY 777 726 and can be approached in two ways, both of which involve a walk on the Pennine Way. Taking a map is recommended (OS Explorer Map OL43 is ideal).
- From the B6320 Hexham to Wark road , turn left at Nunwick/Townheads along Ward Lane (signposted Stonehaugh). Take this road to Willow Bog to where it crosses the Pennine Way. Park there along the roadside and walk south along the Pennine Way for about 4km then take a right fork past a disused quarry. Turn right again onto a forest track and after about 1/2km the forest clears for Bellcrag Flow and the boardwalk can be seen.
- Alternatively park at Steel Rigg or Housesteads on Hadrian's Wall and follow the Pennine Way north to Wark Forest (about 3km). Follow the Pennine Way through the forest for approx. 1km then fork left where the Pennine Way crossed a forest track and continue for 1/2km as above.
- Boardwalk and footpath at the west of the lough (NY765695) owned by the National Park Authority.
- Also a boardwalk (NY708860) Access is from the south end of Kielder dam on footpath (NY708870).
Chartners Moss and Boddle Moss
- These can be viewed from the Border County Ride in the Simonside Hills.