Event details

20/07/2024 at 11:00 am

Walk to Wellbeing in Northumberland National Park – River Alwin – the edge of the wild 

Saturday 20th July 2024, 11:00 am

Our Walk to Wellbeing Programme is the easy way to get out and get healthy in Northumberland National Park.

West Tynedale Health Walk Leaders and National Park Volunteers have designed and are leading walks suitable for people wanting an easy introduction to the inspirational landscapes of Northumberland National Park.

The River Alwin rises on the south slopes of Cheviot and flows into Coquetdale at Alwinton.  It offers an easy introduction to the wider horizons and wilder country of the Border Ridge.  The walk leaves Alwinton along Clennell Street, an ancient cross border route between Kelso and Morpeth.  After climbing some way it leaves Clennell Street and descents to the valley and the River Alwin before returning to Alwinton past Clennell Hall along the valley bottom.  Throughout, the countryside is wide open and ancient, with prehistoric features on all sides.  At the end of the walk we will return to Alwinton and perhaps enjoy the hospitality of the Rose and Thistle.

Distance: 4.5 miles

Terrain: Initially the walk ascends following a wide country track.  After leaving Clennell Street the walk follows the contours across a good footpath before descending another country track to the valley.  After a long section on or beside good estate roads the route crosses a footbridge and follows a footpath across two fields to rejoin the outward section of Clennell Street and return to Alwinton.

Meeting place/walk start point: Northumberland National Park car park, Alwinton.  Grid Reference NT919063
Postcode: NE65 7BQ (although this is not particularly precise)
Getting there: Although the Spirit Buses 16 service serves Alwinton on Friday, unfortunately the bus timetable is not compatible with the walk timing.

Additional information:
Booking essential.
Please ring The Sill National Landscape centre for further information: 01434 341 200.

Dress for changeable weather and wear suitable footwear.  Bring some water, drinks and snacks with you too.  Sorry, dogs are not allowed on these walks.

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