An easy to follow introduction to the Breamish Valley

Starting at Ingram Bridge, this horse ride route is an easy to follow introduction to the Breamish Valley and Northumberland National Park.

The great majority of the route is off road, following clear stone tracks and bridleways, with some good canter opportunities and plenty of places to stop and take in the views of the National Park. There is little on tarmac roads, although you do need to be aware that the Breamish Valley

There is little on tarmac roads, although you do need to be aware that the Breamish Valley road is the only access into the valley and as such can get busy with agricultural and visitor traffic.

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Route description

A step-by-step guide to the Prendwick horse ride.

Ingram to Prendwick

Cross the bridge over the River Breamish and pass the National Park Centre – Ingram – car park on your left. At the road junction, turn left. When you approach the Village Hall, go through the gate onto the track, signed ‘Prendwick’. Follow this track through the fields and onto the hill ground. There are often horses in the first field so take care and cross quietly. Follow the track, continuing straight ahead at the waymarker post, as it descends gently towards Prendwick. When you reach the road, turn right and follow the road round to Prendwick  Farm, passing the sheep pens on your right.

Prendwick to Chesters

The route then goes through the yard at Prendwick Farm, to pick up the farm track beyond, which you follow to Northfieldhead. Continue on this track as it winds its way up onto the hill. Follow this bridleway all the way to Chesters. At Chesters, follow the path between the buildings and go through the gate into the field below.

Chesters to Ingram

Follow the fenceline to the corner and then cross the rough ground towards the plantation. Go through the gate in the fence – there are two gates side by side, it is recommended you use the one with the signage on it. Follow the path through the plantation, taking care as it descends, and cross the burn in the bottom. Be careful as this path is narrow with tree roots and stony surface in parts – you may want to dismount and lead if in doubt. Once over the burn, go through the gate – again there are two gates side by side.

Follow the path as it winds along the side of the hill, running parallel to the plantation fenceline. Look out for a sheep stell ahead of you; the path then bears left, leading up the hill, keeping the burn on the right hand side. The path along the hillside is narrow so take care – in some places it may be better to ride on the rough vegetation above the line of the walked path. There is thick bracken cover in summer, especially where the path heads uphill but use the waymarking posts as a
guide.

Follow this bridleway over the hill, and cross the corner of the enclosure at Middle Dean hillfort. Continue on the bridleway as it winds downhill and meets the Valley Road. Turn right onto the road and follow this past Ingram Farm on the left and back to your vehicle. This is the only road access in and out of the valley and can get busy during the summer so take care.

Riding Route

Distance: 9.2miles (14.8km)
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Grade: Moderate
Terrain: mostly stone tracks, bridleways and tracks on hill ground, minimal tarmac
Gates: 23

Getting there

Car: Take the junction off the A697 just north of Powburn signed ‘Ingram 3 mile’.

Follow the road through the hamlet of Brandon, and up towards Ingram. Just before Ingram and the second bridge park carefully on the haughland.

Go back to the top.