Clennell Street

Clennell Street is an important trading route that has been used for many centuries linking Morpeth with Kelso.

A popular section of this route links the Coquet Valley at Alwinton to head of the Bowmont Valley at Cocklawfoot. It is now a very popular route with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Many interesting features are passed along the route including Castle Hills, one of the many Iron Age hillforts in the area. Another is the Clennell Street Cross Dyke. The purpose of the dyke was to funnel the driven cattle through the gap in a compact group along the drove road. This would reduce the chance of them straying down the steeper sides of the ridge.

Find out more about this historic route on the Border Roads website.

Getting there

From Elsdon

Leave the B6341 at the small hamlet of Swindon, signed Alwinton to the left. Follow the road through Harbottle and continue to Alwinton, the last hamlet in Upper Coquetdale. Park in the National Park car park at Alwinton, which is through the village on your right.

From Rothbury

Leave the B6341 at the small hamlet of Flotterton, signed Alwinton to the right. Follow the road through Harbottle and continue to Alwinton, the last hamlet in Upper Coquetdale. Park in the National Park car park at Alwinton, which is through the village on your right.