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Haltwhistle Burn

LOCALITY: Haltwhistle, Northumberland
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Chesterfield & Alfreton

Walk description:

A beautiful woodland walk beside the Haltwhistle Burn towards the Roman Wall. The footpath is an old narrow gauge track, well surfaced and level (1 degree gradient). There are kiss gates and bridges designed to be fully accessible. The walk is “up and back” as the final 400metres is not suitable for wheels! The banks of the Burn were once the site of water-driven woollen mills, quarries and coal mines but now nature has reclaimed this lovely valley and all that remains of its industrial past are enigmatic ruins and dramatic rock faces. The Burn is home to dippers, herons, wagtails, otters and red squirrels. Wild flowers abound under the lush green canopy of the trees and the geology of The Burn Gorge is recognized as outstanding. For more information and to download a walk leaflet: http://haltwhistleburn.org/page514.html

Additional notes:

Use the map to locate Willia Road. Park in the car park, 300 Metres along the road beside the Scout hut. Follow the tarmac road downhill (this is the only slope of any note on the walk). Turn left when you reach the bank of the Burn and continue until you reach a bridge. (The tall chimney and associated buildings are the remains of the South Tyne Mine operating between 1904 and 1931. 600 men and boys worked here.) Cross the bridge and you are on the Burn Footpath. Follow the path for a mile to the old stone chimney known as The Fell Chimney. This is all that now remains of the first coal mine in the Burn valley and is a good place to picnic before retracing your steps to Haltwhistle.

08/04/2010 | Walk posted by Alison Higgs

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