51 easy-to-follow circular walks in Northumberland

Fifty-one easy-to-follow hand-crafted circular walks, routes & maps in Northumberland of all grades in Walk Start Location Order (A to Z)


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Walk n151 Killhope Law and Carrshield Moor from Allenheads

Rough terrain and wild moorland

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Vital Statistics:

Length:12.75 miles (20.5 km)
Ascent:1,759ft (536m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk n106 Killhope Law and Middlehope Moor from Allenheads

Good views though the terrain can be rough

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9.5 miles (15 km)
Ascent:1,378ft (420m)
Time:4.75hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n145 Shill Moor and Breamish Valley from Alnham

Easy walking on ancient trackways

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.5 miles (16.5 km)
Ascent:2,244ft (684m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk n138 Lesbury from Alnmouth

Fairly level coastal walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.5 miles (7 km)
Ascent:387ft (118m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk n172 Usway Burn and Clennel St from Alwinton

Isolated valley walking with gentle climbs

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Vital Statistics:

Length:13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Ascent:2,504ft (763m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk n131 Alwindale and Clennell St from Alwinton

Easy walk to fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.75 miles (7.5 km)
Ascent:735ft (225m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n140 Cushat Law and Bloodybush Edge from Alwinton

Long but rewarding walk to fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:17 miles (27 km)
Ascent:3,463ft (1,055m)
Time:9½ hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk n183 Budle Bay from Bamburgh

Fine views across Lindisfarne Nature Reserve

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Ascent:650ft (198m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n127 Budle Point from Bamburgh

Superb coastal walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.25 miles (8.5 km)
Ascent:512ft (156m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy

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Walk n216 Happy Valley from Careyburn Bridge

Extensive views followed by a river side stroll

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.5 miles (7 km)
Ascent:781ft (238m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n126 Wooler Common and Carey Burn from Careyburn Bridge

Superb gorge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:3.75 miles (6 km)
Ascent:700ft (213m)
Time:2.25hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n142 Hadrian's Wall from Cawfield Quarry to Steel Rigg

The highest point of Hadrian's Wall

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.5 miles (9 km)
Ascent:1,138ft (347m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n168 Cullernose Point from Craster

Stunning coastal walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.5 miles (7 km)
Ascent:37ft (113m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk n116 Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster

Stunning coast and castle walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.25 miles (8.5 km)
Ascent:430ft (131m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk n152 Dunstan from Craster

Level walk along the Northumberland coast

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.75 miles (14 km)
Ascent:601ft (183m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n181 Dod Law from Doddington Bridge

Fine views of The Cheviot Hills

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.5 miles (8.5 km)
Ascent:620ft (189m)
Time:2.75hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n178 Ceteran Hill and Bewick Moor from Eglingham

Wild moorland walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:988ft (301m)
Time:4.25hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n139 Grey Nag from Gilderdale Bridge

Easy walk on wild quiet moorland

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.25 miles (10 km)
Ascent:1,325ft (404m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n114 Grey Nag and Black Fell (Haresceugh Fell) from Gilderdale Bridge

Wild quiet moorland

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:1,628ft (496m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate

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Walk n122 The South Tyne from Haltwhistle

Gentle farmland

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:804ft (245m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n104 Drake Stone from Harbottle

Delightful walk with views and woodland

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4 miles (6.75 km)
Ascent:732ft (223m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n111 The Cheviot and Cold Law from Harthope Burn Valley

Fabulous views of the Northumberland coast

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.5 miles (17 km)
Ascent:2,614ft (797m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk n132 The Cheviot, Comb Fell and Hedgehope Hill from Harthope Burn Valley

Fabulous high level walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9.5 miles (15.5 km)
Ascent:2,800ft (853m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk n119 The Cheviot and Cairn Hill from Harthope Burn Velley

Circular walk up Northumberlands highest

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:2,114ft (644m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk n101 The Cheviot from Harthope Burn Valley

Up and down Northumberland's biggest

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:2,022ft (616m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n193 Kielder Water from Hawkhope

A delightful walk in forest & by lake shore.

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:945ft (288m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n159 Ros Castle (Ross Castle) from Hepburn Wood

Good views of Lindisfarne and The Cheviots

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.25 miles (10 km)
Ascent:1,037ft (316m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n167 The Cheviot from Hethpool

Testing Northumberland High Level Route

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Vital Statistics:

Length:16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Ascent:3,144ft (958m)
Time:9.25hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk n110 The St Cuthbert's Way and Eccles Cairn from Hethpool

Superb Northumberland Views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.25 miles (11.5 km)
Ascent:1,165ft (355m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate

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Walk n200 The Schil from Hethpool

Superb High Level Northumberland Mountain Walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:13.75 miles (22 km)
Ascent:2,665ft (812m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk n196 Ring Chesters, Eccles Cairn and Trowupburn from Hethpool

Superb Northumberland views and ancient forts

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.25 miles (13 km)
Ascent:1,483ft (452m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n141 Ring Chesters from Hethpool

Lovely walk to an ancient hilltop fort

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:1,021ft (311m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n158 Ring Chesters, Eccles Cairn and The Border from Hethpool

Superb Northumberland Views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.5 miles (12 km)
Ascent:1,316ft (401m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

One of the centres of the ancient Christian world

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:180ft (55m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:Grade 1 Walking Easy
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Walk n100 Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda from Housesteads

The Wall section is surprisingly strenuous

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.25 miles (13 km)
Ascent:1,460ft (445m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n123 Blawearie and Tick Law from Old Bewick

An easy walk on the wild side

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Vital Statistics:

Length:3.75 miles (6 km)
Ascent:499ft (152m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk n115 Target Plantation from Rothbury

A short ascent to extensive views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:1,030ft (314m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n130 Simonside from Rothbury

Fine views & a forest walk - a perfect day out

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:1,450ft (442m)
Time:4.75hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n109 Windy Gyle from Rowhope Bridge

Wild walking on the Scotland/England border

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.5 miles (12 km)
Ascent:1,753ft (534m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate

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Walk n136 Long Crags from Thrunton Wood

Good views of the Cheviots

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.75 miles (12.5 km)
Ascent:1,250ft (381m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n157 Swineside Law and Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap, Barrowburn

Wild walking on the Scotland/England border

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Vital Statistics:

Length:11.25 miles (18 km)
Ascent:2,311ft (704m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk n128 Windy Gyle from Wedder Leap, Barrowburn

Wild walking on the Scotland/England border

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9.5 miles (15 km)
Ascent:2,009ft (612m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk n143 Humbleton Hill and The St Cuthbert's Way from Wooler

Steep but short climb to superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.75 miles (9 km)
Ascent:1,214ft (370m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n112 Humbleton Hill and Wooler Common and Woodland Park from Wooler

Steep but short climb to superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.75 miles (7.5 km)
Ascent:985ft (300m)
Time:2.75hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk n156 The Milfield Plain and St Cuthbert's Bridge from Wooler

Level field walk across the Milfield Plain

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Ascent:240ft (73m)
Time:2.75hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk n170 Weetwood Moor, Dod Law, Doddington and The River Glen from Wooler

Fine views of The Cheviot Hills

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.25 miles (16.5 km)
Ascent:1,182ft (360m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n135 Weetwood Moor, Dod Law and Doddington from Wooler

Fine views of The Cheviot Hills

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:1,093ft (333m)
Time:4.25hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk n164 St Cuthbert's Way, Wooler Common and Woodland Park from Wooler

Easy walk to a delightful pool

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Vital Statistics:

Length:3.25 miles (5 km)
Ascent:525ft (160m)
Time:1.75hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk n204 Commonburn House from Wooler

Fine wild walk in the Cheviot foothills

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.75 miles (17 km)
Ascent:1,746ft (532m)
Time:5.75hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate

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Walk n107 Wooler Common and Happy Valley (High Level Route) from Wooler

Fine views down into Happy Valley

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.5 miles (12 km)
Ascent:1,257ft (383m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk n146 Wooler Common and Happy Valley (Low Level Route) from Wooler

Lovely Happy Valley

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Ascent:1,043ft (318m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate

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