Stroll alongside the river in Rothbury

A pleasant stroll alongside the River Coquet and into Rothbury village. Suitable for a variety of users including pushchairs and wheelchairs. Be aware parts of the route may flood when the river level is high.

Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Walk distance
1.5 miles / 2.4km
Walk duration
1 hours
Recommended OS Map
O.S. Explorer OL42 Kielder Water & Forest
Dog friendly

Step by step route

Descend to the riverside path

From the car park follow the path signed ‘Lady’s Bridge’, zig zagging your way down to the river. Turn left and follow the path alongside the River Coquet.

This is a public bridleway so be prepared to meet other users, including cyclists and horse riders.

If you would rather avoid climbing steps

If you would rather avoid climbing steps turn left along the path just beyond the wall, but before the play park. This path leads you up into the village of Rothbury.

Alternatively continue along the riverside path, passing the children’s play area on your left, to the road bridge.
Just before the road bridge turn left and walk up the path onto Haw Hill. Cross the road and climb the steps to take the path through the churchyard. Turn right and begin to explore the village of Rothbury.

When you are ready to return to the riverside path

When you are ready to return to the riverside path take the narrow lane between Rothbury United Reformed Church and Linden Cottage. Follow this, passing Model Buildings on your left, and continue to the River Coquet.

On re-joining the riverside path turn right and retrace your steps back to the car park.

Walk route

Getting there

The starting point for the walk is Beggar’s Rigg Car Park and Picnic Site.

Follow the B6341 west out of Rothbury. Just after passing the national speed limit sign, turn left to park in Beggar’s Rigg car park and picnic site.

Grid Ref: NU 051 016

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