W2W - The Legendary Drake Stone Guided Walk

Event date:
14th August 2021
Forestry England car park, Harbottle Forest

Our Walk to Wellbeing Programme is the easy way to get out and get healthy in Northumberland National Park.

West Tynedale Health Walk Leaders have designed and are leading walks suitable for people wanting an easy introduction to the inspirational landscapes of Northumberland National Park.

The upper Coquet valley was guarded by the Drake Stone long before it was guarded by Harbottle Castle, and its 2 000 tonne mass still looms over the valley.  The walk will visit the Drake Stone and hear of its legendary powers, before visiting Harbottle Lake, one of the features of the Nature Reserve.

From there, through conifer woods and estate roads the route returns to the valley and the meadows along the River Coquet.  We follow the left bank of the Coquet downstream, with views to Harbottle Castle, before turning to Harbottle village and then to the car park.

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Everything you need to know

Distance: 4.75 miles

Terrain:  Initially heather moorland footpaths climbing to the Drake Stone and on past Harbottle Lake, followed by a direct path through conifer woodland.  Thereafter the route is all on estate roads, highway or farm tracks.  There are moderate ascents and descents and a couple of places where it is likely to be wet and muddy underfoot.  The walk finishes on a quiet tarmac road through Harbottle village.

Meeting place/walk start point: Forestry England car park, Harbottle Forest.

Grid Reference:  NT 925 049

Postcode: NE65 7BB (although this is not particularly precise)

Getting there: Although the Spirit Buses 16 service serves Harbottle on Saturday, unfortunately the bus timetable is not compatible with the walk timing.

Additional information:

Booking essential.

Please ring The Sill National Landscape centre for further information: 01434 341 200.

Dress for changeable weather and wear suitable footwear.

The moors around the Drake Stone are exposed to winds.  Bring some water, drinks and snacks with you too.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed on these walks.

Covid Security Measures and Booking Terms

Northumberland National Park operates our events in accordance with current government guidelines and our own strict and extensive risk assessments, in order to deliver an activities programme in a Covid-Secure manner.

We recommend familiarising yourself with our existing Booking Terms. Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the following conditions for all participants:

• Please do not attend an event if you or any members of your household, are currently showing symptoms of Coronavirus: Fever, Continuous Cough, Loss of Taste/Smell.

• Please do not attend an event if you or any members of your household, have been asked to self-isolate.

• Participants must abide by any health and safety measures and requests made by deliverers, staff or volunteers, and follow national safety guidelines. Full advice on measures in place at The Sill can be found here.

• Your booking details will be retained in accordance with Track and Trace protocols.

During the pandemic, it may be necessary to alter or cancel an event due to changing government guidelines and restrictions. We ask that you provide the most up to date email address at time of booking, and ensure it is entered correctly, as this will be the main method of correspondence. We advise you to check for any such updates before attending an event. We continue to use our existing refund policy which can be found in full here.