A family-friendly gentle circular walk with panoramic views

Enjoy a circular walk suitable for most abilities, with fantastic views over Elsdon on the return leg.

Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst and seeing the sights of this scenic Northumberland village. For the adventurous amongst you, why not pair this walk with our Elsdon Burn Walk.

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Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Easy
Walk distance
2.5 miles / 4km
Walk duration
1.5 hours
Location
North Tyne & Redesdale
Recommended OS Map
O.S. Explorer OL43
Accessible
No
Dog friendly
No

Step by step route

From the car park

From the car park take the route signed Landshot / Whiskershiel / Eastnook / Hudspeth through the metal gate and up the tarmac road.

At the junction follow the sign to Landshot

At the junction follow the sign to Landshot, and continue on along the tarmac road past the farmhouse and shepherd’s cottage to your left.

The earliest reference to Landshot is in a 1528 document when it was farmed by Robert Hedley and his sons, John and William. At that time a system called ‘gavelkind’ was in operation; when a man became too old to farm he divided the farm between his sons. In this way, farms became smaller.

Follow the path signed East Todholes

Immediately before the third cattle grid turn right and follow the path signed East Todholes. Go over the sleeper bridge, through the wicket gate and follow the path round to the wall. On reaching the wall turn right and make your way up to the gap in the fence, keeping the wall on your left. Once through the gap continue following the wall to the end of the field.

Dry stone walls are important for several reasons. They provide shelter for livestock and are a linear nature reserve for many wild creatures and plants. Nooks and crannies between the stones offer hideaways and homes for insects and small mammals, while birds nest in them. Lichens, mosses, ferns and many attractive plants colonise stone walls.

Continue up through this field

Cross the ladder stile in the corner over the wall and continue up through this field, heading for the telegraph pole to the right of the big shed. On reaching the telegraph pole at the corner of the garden wall, continue to the ladder stile ahead, keeping the wall on your left.

Turn right onto the farm track

Once over the ladder stile turn right onto the farm track, carry on along this track past West Todholes until you reach the main road.

At the main road turn right

At the main road turn right, signed Elsdon, cross the step stile and bear left across the field to the fence. On reaching the fence continue down to the next step stile, once over the stile carry on down to the bottom of this field.

During the summer months take care going through this field as it is an important hay field.

Cross the third step stile and turn right

Cross the third step stile and turn right down to the sleeper bridge, turn left once over the bridge and follow the path round to the smaller bridge. Once over this smaller bridge make your way to the footbridge next to the sewage works.

Turn right through the metal gate

On crossing this bridge turn right through the metal gate, and continue ahead between the houses. At the pinfold turn right and follow the road back to the car park.

Walk route

Getting there

From Rothbury: Follow the B6341 west out of Rothbury for approximately 8 miles to Elsdon. The car park is on the left just as you enter the village, beside the burn.

From Newcastle: Head north on the A696, passing through Belsay. After approx 18 miles turn left onto the B6341, signed ‘Elsdon’. The car park is through the village on the right after crossing the burn.