Northumberland: Alnwick – Where to… walk

Tuesday 1st February, 2022 by hs-admin

Whether you’re planning a family holiday in Northumberland, or a couple looking for some peace and quiet, there is no better location than the beautiful setting of Alnwick. 

While the town has plenty of attractions of its own (a castle, exemplary gardens and even a treehouse to name just a few), but if you’re looking to lace up your walking boots, pull on your wellies, or just have an amble to see what you can discover in the local area, then you are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking routes. 

Here, we have rounded up just some of the places, sights and experiences you can discover by setting off from the Northumberland hotspot with nothing but your most comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and perhaps even a picnic.

Waterside Trail  

Setting off from the car park at The Alnwick Garden, this circular trail gives you a choice of two slightly differing lengths.

Following the River Aln for much of the route, you’ll also pass through farmland and be rewarded with some spectacular views.

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This short 2.1-2.9 mile walk (depending on your chosen route) takes you in a circle through the east of the town. 

A quick one to get the blood flowing and legs moving, this is perfect to work off those long lunches.

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Abbeylands loop

Follow in the footsteps of blogger Andrew by taking a 4-mile loop from The Alnwick Garden, heading North West to Abbeylands House along the River Aln, then winding your way back through Alnwick itself to your starting point. 

Not only does this route take you through the historic town, but if you take time to look across the river on the first leg of your trundle, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the resplendent castle and fortification towering towards you.

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Castle Hill at Thrunton Wood

The first of two waymarked trails through the woods, this one is quite a challenge! 

Starting from the main car park, this is a demanding route with a long ascent – but don’t worry, it’s worth it in the end. 

You will not believe the views of the Cheviots from the top of Thrunton Crags – a perfect spot for you to rest and get your breath back.

In total the trail route is five miles long following the red waymarkers. Forestry England has marked the walk as ‘hard’ so if you fancy a little more help, mountain bikes and horses are welcome. 

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Please note: at the time of writing (January 2022), many routes and access points for Thrunton Wood are closed due to Storm Arwen damage. Please check the website prior to setting off.

Crag Top walk at Thrunton Wood

The second of Thrunton Wood’s paths is a much more sedate, family-friendly affair. 

Following the green way markers, this is an easy route of one mile which will also provide you with great views of the Cheviot hills from the top of Thrunton Crags. 

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Please note: at the time of writing (January 2022), many routes and access points for Thrunton Wood are closed due to Storm Arwen damage. Please check the website prior to setting off.

Alnwick to Bamburgh 

Triple castles? Coast and countryside? There’s nothing this 21 mile route doesn’t offer! 

Starting at Alnwick Castle, you’ll follow the country paths before joining the coastal trail to take you along some of England’s most beautiful coastline. 

Winding through a series of quaint fishing villages, you’ll likely spend more time marvelling at the stunning clifftop views to glorious beaches than you will pounding the path. 

You’ll also pass by the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle, one of the grandest fortifications in Northern England, which stands on a remote headland. 

This route gives you the opportunity to take in some of the finest wildlife in the area too, passing Newton Pool Nature Reserve, a nationally important colony of little tern, and the largest mainland colony of Arctic tern in the UK.

There couldn’t be a more perfect walk for coast, country and nature lovers.

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Hulne Park 

A glorious park, the former hunting ground of the Percy family, offers a number of routes, of varying difficulty, between 4 and 6.2 miles. 

Taking in some of the park’s most magnificent features including the ruins of Hulne Abbey, the Brizlee Tower and of course the stunning parkland, this has something for everyone. 

Due to the nature of the park, including a number of residents living within it, it has strict opening times, and unfortunately dogs and cyclists are not permitted. 

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Please note: at the time of writing (January 2022), Hulne Park is closed to the public due to severe storm damage. Please check the website before planning your visit: 

As always, preserving our countryside, and protecting land and livestock, is top priority. Wherever you roam, please ensure you follow The Countryside Code and use common sense when it comes to keeping dogs under control, closing gates, and giving livestock a wide berth.

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