January 30, 2018
Steel Rigg and Crag Lough walk
This walk is perfect if you have children and want to get them out the house for a bit, even in the winter! You’ll also find some of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall. This walk will include footpaths and tracks, as well as some sharp ascents. You will need your wellies as this walk can be muddy.
The length of this walk is 4 miles (6.5km) and takes around 2 hours to complete.
To start this walk, you need to leave Steel Rigg View car park by the wicket gate in the corner, this is signposted as ‘Hadrian’s Wall’. When you get to Hadrian’s Wall turn left through the gate and follow a grassy bank where you will find a paved footpath at the bottom. Then turn left onto this path and climb to the top of Peel Crags.
This is another great walk for the family where you can explore the rich history of Elsdon. It is a gentle walk from the village which is fairly easy, and takes around 2 and a half hours to finish. It is 4km long and the walk starts from the car park in Elsdon. You will need to cross the bridge back into the village and then turn left. You will be following the road to Newcastle and Morpeth around the village green.
Cochrane Pike walk
You will witness some spectacular views on this walk. It is great for a family or a couple to enjoy. You will walk through moorland sheep country. You may even see a buzzard or kestrel on your travels. To start this walk, follow the road from the visitor centre car park heading up to the village hall on the left. You will then need to walk through the double gates towards Prendwick.
If you are travelling from further afield, you’ll want to come by car and park in the visitor car park. So you’ll need to leave the A697 at the junction signed Ingram, and then the valley road for 3 miles. You will pass the River Breamish park and find the Ingram Bridge Car Park on the left. If you want a cup of tea after the walk, you will find the Valley Cottage Cafe by following the signed Woodland Walk through the wicket gate.
The Cheviot goat walk
If you fancy catching a glimpse of the wild Cheviot goats, this is a great family walk to Hethpool Linn, where you will also see a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn.
It is about a 2 mile of 3km walk and takes around an hour and a half to finish. It is considered a ‘moderate’ walk, so don’t attempt it if you are particularly unfit or want something a little easier.
By car from Wooler you need to follow the A697 north out of Wooler. At Akeld turn left onto the B6351, and continue along this road passing Kirknewton. Turn left onto the single track road, signed ‘Hethpool’ and then continue for 1.75 miles. Just after Hethpool, you will find the car park is on the left.
Why not enjoy these walks while staying at a self catering cottage for a family holiday.