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Haltwhistle Walking Festival


The first ever Northumberland Day will take place in 2017

Haltwhistle Walking Festival volunteers are delighted to be taking part.


Walk with us on Sunday May 28th


There are two walks, both circular from Haltwhistle Market Place, followed by tea and finger food (included in the price) at the Comrades Club. Pre-booking is essential and numbers are limited.


Walk 1 - Haltwhistle Circular

Our long walk takes in a number of local landmarks, including Featherstone Castle, Lambley Viaduct and the Quaker Meeting House at Coanwood. The route is through varied countryside and there are good views on a clear day.


At Featherstone Castle there are the remains of a famous World War II Prisoner of War Camp. It is an interesting place to see and to hear about. Lambley Viaduct is a magnificent example of Victorian bridge building and the views from it are splendid. The Coanwood Meeting House is a haven of peace and very popular with walkers.


Meet at: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY 707640. Walk leaves at 09:30am

Distance: 12 miles

Grade: Strenuous

Walk Fee: £6 (includes tea)

Bring: Drink and packed lunch. See the Things You Need to Know page for advice on footwear, waterproofs, etc

Leader: George Reed



Walk 2 - Haltwhistle Burn and beyond

The shorter walk goes north from the town centre through Haltwhistle Burn. This is a must for visitors to Haltwhistle, because it has both interesting flora and fauna, plus evidence of its industrial past. There used to be gas works, brick works, woollen mills and a coal mine. There was also a railway line bringing coal and quarried stones to a marshalling yard at Townfoot. There will be time to stop and hear tales from the past during the walk, and to enjoy the plants, trees and wildlife.


From the Burn, we cross the Military Road, (of General Wade, not the Romans) and walk to Cawfields Quarry, which is on the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. From here we see the signs of the Roman occupation with a preserved milecastle and a stretch of the Wall. We cross fields to return to the Burn following its banks until we reach the confluence of the river South Tyne. Here are the magnificent Alston Arches, which carried the railway line from Haltwhistle to Alston. We have a unique view of the supports of the arches and marvel at the work of Victorian bridge builders. We return to the main street, passing the 12th century church of Holy Cross on the way.


Meet at: Haltwhistle Market Place, GR NY 707640. Walk leaves at 11:00am

Distance: 7 miles

Grade: Moderate

Walk Fee: £6 (includes tea)

Bring: Drink and packed lunch. See the Things You Need to Know page for advice on footwear, waterproofs, etc

Leader: James Blythe


How to book

Booking may be made online via our booking agent, Bradsons. Follow this link

The online booking system is very straightforward.

If you would prefer to book by ‘phone or cheque, please contact Bradsons on 01749 813899


If you have any queries about the walk, or dietary requirements for the food, please contact the Haltwhistle Walking Festival team on haltywalkfest@btinternet.com or ‘phone 01434 322025


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Haltwhistle Autumn Walking Festival 2017 runs from October 7th - 15th  We have lots of interesting walks.


Full details will be published in August.


We look forward to seeing you