Byrness, Spithope and the Pennine Way

Event date:
12th May 2019
Byrness Village

Starting from the small church at Byrness which served the construction "towns" of Newcastle and Gateshead during the construction of Catcleugh Reservoir, we follow recently improved Forestry Commission tracks to the cosy little Bothy at Spithope.

Leaving the Forest we climb to join the Pennine Way at Ravens Knowe and journey south via the quaintly named "Houx" Hill before descending through the forest to our starting point.

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Everything you need to know

Please dress for changeable weather, wear walking boots or shoes and bring drinks and snacks.  If you have not already booked online, please pay on arrival. Dogs are not permitted on this walk.

Lace up your boots and enjoy a great time outside.

Under 16s go free.

• Duration: 3.5 hours
• Distance: 7 hours
• Category: Moderate
• Starting point (please meet here approx 10 minutes before the start time): Byrness Village

From Newcastle take the A696 north west signed ‘Jedburgh’. After Otterburn, pass through Rochester, and soon after entering the forest, look for a disused former petrol station on the left. Immediately afterwards, turn left into a small car park beside a church.

• OS Grid Ref: NT 780 015
• Postcode (nearest): NE19 1TF