Stroll alongside the river in Rothbury

Follow our Rothbury Riverside Walk for a pleasant stroll alongside the River Coquet and into Rothbury. Suitable for a variety of users. Due to width/surface restrictions on some parts, the route is not suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs, although the riverside can be accessed by these users from the village centre.

Be aware: parts of the route may flood when the river level is high.

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Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Walk distance
1 miles / 1.6km
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, descend to the riverside path, either by the sets of steps or by the ramp and shallow steps. Turn left and follow the path alongside the River Coquet.

This path is a public bridleway so be prepared to meet others, including bicycles and horses. Be aware: the path is quite narrow in places, so pass other users with care. The first part of the path is aggregate, which then gives way to a sandy surface and then the path meets grass.

If you would rather avoid climbing steps

If you would rather avoid climbing steps, follow the sign for the town centre, taking the access road alongside the toilet block into the village of Rothbury.

Alternatively, walk across the grass, passing the children’s’ play area to your left and continue along the path to the road bridge. At the bridge, turn left and walk up the tarmac 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. The National Park Information Centre is on the right, next to the All Saints Parish Hall if you would like further assistance.

When you are ready to return to the riverside path

When you are ready to return to the riverside path, take the narrow road between the Rothbury United Reform Church and Town and Country insurance consultants.

Follow this past the Model Buildings on your left and continue on the tarmac path back down to the River Coquet. Turn right and follow the path back upstream to the car park.

Walk route

Getting there

By Car

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.