Take a walk through moorland sheep country

Take an invigorating walk to Cochrane Pike to see some spectacular views. This walk takes you through moorland sheep country surrounded by the sounds of the curlew, oyster catcher, skylark and meadow pipit. You may see buzzard or kestrel, or the recently-arrived red kite in the skies, and the heron in the river valley.

Download our Cochrane Pike Walk guide.

Grade: Medium
Distance: 4.25 miles (6.84km)
Time: 3 hours
Map: OS Explorer OL16

Walk route

Route description

Directions for the walk.

A. Follow the road from the visitor centre car park

Follow the road from the visitor centre car park heading up to the village hall on the left. Go through the double gates and up the hard track towards Prendwick, as indicated by the fingerpost, keeping the fence on the left.

B. Cross the stile next to the field gate and follow the hard track

On crossing the stile next to the field gate follow the hard track around to the right and then left uphill keeping the fence on the left. Continue on the hard track through the field gate and onward to the next field gate and stile at the beginning of Open Access. Cross and head straight up the track to the crest of the hill. As the track forks and the main track continues straight on, take the less obvious route to the right.

C. Follow the quad track up towards Cochrane Pike

Skirt around Wether Hill following the quad track up towards Cochrane Pike. After approximately 250 metres bear right and then continue straight on up to the waymarker post at the summit of Cochrane Pike.

D. Follow the narrow path towards the plantation

Turn right and head downhill following the narrow path towards the only deciduous plantation which is beyond Little Cleugh. Cross the stile and drop down into the Dene and follow the footpath to another stile on the right. After crossing this stile, follow the very narrow footpath uphill until the fort/settlement is reached. Turn sharp left and follow the footpath up to the stile next to the wicket gate in the corner of the fence. Cross over.

E. Follow the quad track

Turn right and follow the quad track, keeping the fence on the right, to a field gate with an adjacent stile. Cross and follow the path across the enclosure. Beyond the corner of the plantation wall is another field gate and stile. Cross and carry on down the track through the bracken, keeping the old stone boundary on your right.

F. Follow the main track and keep Turf Knowe on the left

Continue on down the hill, following the main track and keeping Turf Knowe on the left. At the bottom turn left on the track down to the valley road, keeping the enclosed field on your right. At the valley road turn right and carry on through Ingram village. Take the right fork back to Valley Cottage Cafe.

Getting there

By car

The walk start point is 5km/3miles west of the A697 Powburn to Wooler road. Leave the A697 at the junction signed Ingram, 1 mile/1.6km north of Powburn. Follow the valley road for 3 miles, on crossing the River Breamish park in the Ingram Bridge Car Park immediately on the left. To reach the Valley Cottage Cafe follow the signed Woodland Walk through the wicket gate.