Lordenshaws Loop

Starting from Lordenshaws Car Park, enjoy a lovely walk over Lordenshaws hillfort, with great views (on a clear day) over to the Cheviots.

Visit our Lordenshaws page for more information about the area.

Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Walk distance
3 miles / 4.8km
Walk duration
1 hours
Recommended OS Map
O.S.  Explorer OL42
Dog friendly

Step by step route


From the car park do not cross the road but follow the wide grassy path uphill.

Explore Lordenshaws Hillfort

When you have finished exploring the site walk through the hillfort to the eastern entrance, marked by 3 large stones, and out by the sunken track.

Go downhill for a short distance and turn left along the well-worn path.

Continue on the well worn path

Continue on the well-worn path through the heather.

Carry on downhill

Carry on downhill to the stile in the fence ahead. Cross the stile and walk down through the field to the next stile.

Once over the stile...

Once over the stile continue downhill to the burn, cross the burn and walk uphill to the fence ahead.

Keep fence on the right

Go over the stile and, keeping the fence on your right, continue up the field to the gate. Go through the gate and turn left along the farm track.

Turn left

Turn left onto another farm track, signed Whittondean/Lordenshaws fort, and continue along this track to the farm.

Keep the farm buildings on your left

Keep the farm buildings and house on your left. Once past the house turn right and continue downhill along the track.

As the track bear to the left

As the tracks bears up to the left, take the path off to the right and carry on to the stile.

Cross the stile

Cross the stile and follow the path as it winds its way uphill.

Continue through the gap in the wall

Continue through the gap in the wall, turn right and carry on up the path, keeping to the right of the fort.

Retrace your steps

Once back at the junction retrace your steps back to the car park.

Walk route

Getting there

By car

To reach the car park at the start of this walk, take the B6342 South out of Rothbury.

After about 2 miles, turn right on the sharp bend near the National Park boundary sign, onto a single track road. Follow this road to Lordenshaws car park on your right.