This 94-mile circular tour starts and finishes at Rothbury in the Coquet Valley and will take 6 days to complete, passing 48 Northumbrian pubs along the way. The walk charts a course through the county of Northumberland via Rothbury, Warkworth, Embleton, Bamburgh, Wooler and Alwinton. This walk captures the very essence of Northumberland; the wide skies and far horizons of the Cheviot Hills, the wealth of prehistoric rock art and ancient hill-forts, the turbulent history of this Border region including the mighty castles of Warkworth and Bamburgh, stunning golden beaches of Embleton and Beadnell, Farne Islands nature reserve, Craster kippers and fishing villages to name just some of the highlights.
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Day 1: Rothbury to Warkworth (17.5m) – The beautiful River Coquet, Armstrong the ‘gun-maker’, Brinkburn Priory and the final resting place of the Northumbrian fairies, heugh and haugh farms, old coaching inns, ancient woodland, the Great North Road, England’s finest weir, monastic remains of Guyzance, a hermit’s house and magnificent Warkworth Castle.
Day 2: Warkworth to Embleton (15m) – The magnificent golden strands of Warkworth, Alnmouth and Embleton, a church cut off by the tide, the old grain port of Alnmouth, a smugglers’ haven, Earl Grey’s bathing house, superb rocky coastal path, old fishing villages, Craster kippers and the gaunt skeleton of Dunstanburgh Castle.
Day 3: Embleton to Bamburgh (11m) – A trio of fishing villages, 18th Century lime-kilns, nature reserves, ‘going for a kip’, the sanctuary of St Cuthbert, puffin island, a daring sea rescue, the palace of the Kings of Northumbria, the birthplace of the RNLI and four magnificent golden strands.
Day 4: Bamburgh to Wooler (16m) – The legend of the Laidley Worm, hidden wooded burns, the Great North Road, an ornithological house, the Black Lands of Chatton Moor and the first sight of the Cheviots, a lovely Estate village, the river with two names, defensive towers, mysterious rock art, glorious views from Weetwood Moor, bloody battles and royal palaces.
Day 5: Wooler to Alwinton (20.5m) – A wishing well, wooded burns, in the shadow of Hedgehope Hill and The Cheviot, Langlee and Housey Crags, a mystical stone circle, isolated farmsteads and ancient settlements, the beautiful Breamish Valley, the road paved with salt, a hidden fortified chapel, prehistoric hill forts and the magnificent Cheviot Hills.
Day 6: Alwinton to Rothbury (14m) – Victorian limekilns, Harbottle Castle and the English Middle March, ancient oak woodland, a Roman well, relics of a nunnery, flooded gravel pits and the meandering River Coquet, fortified farms, Armstrong’s carriage drives and spectacular views from the Terraces across to the ‘sacred mountain’.
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