Nearby Walks

The Northumberland National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty which plays host to an abundance of walks, hikes and trails that let you see the best of the region, the popular destinations and the hidden gems. The Alwinton and Rothbury area itself is filled with public and guided walks along with some of the most beautiful and varied countryside for you to plan your own walks.

We have tried to find some varied walks that you can use to help plan your stay to give you a good start on what the region has to offer. The links will give you more information for each walk and will have a map of the path for you to print off and use. These are just a taste of the walks that can be found in the area and you can also find a good choice of guided walks here or learn more about the walks in the Forests of Rothbury here.

We also provide information for a few walks near the cottages, this is included in the information booklets we have in the cottages for our guests.


The Drake Stone & Harbottle Bus Walk

Leave the car behind and enjoy a circular walk with some short steep inclines and stiles. This lovely walk take you up to the ancient Drake Stone, a mythical place from where there are stunning views over the surrounding countryside and over to the ruins of Harbottle Castle.

This walk passes right passed our cottages, you can start from the comfort of your own accomodation at point H on the map in the provided link.

Length: 5 miles (8 km)

Difficulty: Medium

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Rothbury Riverside Walk

A pleasant stroll alongside the River Coquet and into Rothbury. Suitable for a variety of users. Due to width/surface restrictions on some parts, the route is not suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs, although the riverside can be accessed by these users from the village centre. Be aware: parts of the route may flood when the river level is high.

Length: 0.6 miles (0.9 km)

Difficulty: Easy

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Alwinton & The River Alwin Walk

A favourite route with walkers, starting in Alwinton, that used to be one of many trackways in the border hills frequented in times past by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers.

Length: 4.7 miles (7.8 km)

Difficulty: Medium

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Simonside Family Walk

An easy to follow trail in Harwood Forest near the Simonside Hills, aimed at families, with plenty to look out for and do along the route. This walk is slightly further away than some other walks but is still witin comfortable driving distance.

Length: 3.5 miles (4 km)

Difficulty: Easy

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