Grade 4 Walks

Longer distances covered at a brisk pace, including steep climbs and descents in open country without defined paths.  Suitable for regular walkers with a good level of fitness and stamina.

27
Apr
2024

Walk 1: The Land of The Moss Troopers (Long Walk)

Sat Apr 27th 10:00 am -6:00 pm
£10.00

Distance: Approx 13 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1105 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

This walk is accessible for those staying in Haltwhistle without a car as it begins and ends in the Market Place, Haltwhistle.

Take a walk with us from Haltwhistle through the lawless region north of Hadrian’s Wall where the vigilante Moss Troopers ruled in the 17th Century. The walk takes us past a 12th century castle, across fields, over fells and through areas once occupied by the Romans. We return to Haltwhistle through a beautiful gorge with a rich industrial past.

28
Apr
2024

Walk 4: Nuts About Bolt’s (Long Walk)

Sun Apr 28th 10:00 am -6:00 pm
£10.00
Distance: Approx 13 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1820 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

 

This is an exciting circular walk from Blanchland which takes us from The Derwent Valley through woods and across fells towards Weardale. We will walk through areas where remnants of former industry will remind us of the area’s rich mining history. From Weardale, we make our way northwards to the highest point on the walk at Bolt’s Law (1772 feet). The views from here are magnificent in all directions and if you are a ‘Trig Bagger’, tick another one off your list. There may be a song to be sung at ‘The Lonesome Pine’ before we make our way over the fells back to Blanchland.

29
Apr
2024

Walk 7: Scenic Silverdale (Long Walk)

Mon Apr 29th 10:00 am -6:00 pm
£10.00
Distance: Approx 10 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1580 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

 

Starting and finishing in the Village of Allenheads, this walk takes us along and above the beautiful East Allen valley. Allenheads was founded around the lead mining industry and we will see lots of reminders, including the many reservoirs that gave it the nickname of ‘Silverdale’, as we go along.  The route takes us through wonderful countryside, past an impressive former corn mill, along riverside paths and up onto the fells. 

30
Apr
2024

Walk 10: Roman Tracks and The Mysterious Stone (Long Walk)

Tue Apr 30th 10:00 am -6:00 pm
£10.00
Distance: Approx 10 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1350 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

This walk is accessible by public transport.

This walk from Bardon Mill in the South Tyne valley meanders its way up to a mysterious standing stone on the fell above Vindolana Roman Fort. This is an amazing viewpoint where the sheer scale of the fort can be seen from a ‘birds eye perspective’. We then head northwards for Hadrian’s Wall, walking above Crag Lough and along to the highest point on The Wall at Winshield Crags (1132 feet). Our descent takes us through an area where Roman camps were situated, past Vindolanda and through woodland with a former industrial heritage.

01
May
2024

Walk 12: Gallivanting Around Geltsdale (Long Walk)

Wed May 1st 10:00 am -6:00 pm
£10.00
Distance: Approx 13 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1700 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

 

This is a fabulous walk starting and finishing in the village of Hallbankgate in Cumbria. We will visit a fell top covered in cairns that has amazing views westward over the Eden valley towards the Lake District Fells and northwards towards The Solway Firth and Scotland. We will walk above and along the course of the River Gelt and through a forest with no trees. We take paths and tracks that seldom see walkers and pass through amazing scenery.

02
May
2024

Walk 15: Bears, Moors and Naughty Monks

Thu May 2nd 10:00 am
£10.00
Distance: Approx 11 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1600 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

 

This circular walk from Blueback Bridge takes in both the East Allen and West Allen valleys and the moors that separate the two. We will walk through this amazing area taking in its wonderful scenery and areas showing the relics of its industrial past. It includes a walk along a section of Isaac’s Tea Trail that takes us to the place where the naughty monks were sent. Intrigued? Come along with us and find out the story.

03
May
2024

Walk 18: John Martin Territory

Fri May 3rd 10:00 am
£10.00

Distance: Approx 11.5 miles
Ascent/Descent: Approx 1415 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

17th JAN: UPDATED ROUTE DUE TO PATH CLOSURES

This walk is accessible by public transport.

From the picnic area by the River South Tyne at Haydon Bridge, we will walk through an area that gave inspiration to the renowned artist, John Martin. We will walk along and above the River South Tyne where we can see spectacular views northwards towards Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland National Park. We will pass Langley Castle, a restored medieval tower house, (now operating as a hotel) then onwards towards a hamlet with a lovely Grade II listed hall before descending through woodland back towards our destination at Haydon Bridge.

04
May
2024

Walk 21: Pennine Peaks and Valleys - Day 1 (Garrigill to Carrshield)

Sat May 4th 8:30 am
£20.00
Distance: Approx 12 miles
Ascent: Approx 1790 Feet/Descent: Approx 1615 feet           
Grade: 4, Strenuous

 

This walk is accessible without private transport as a coach picks us up from Haltwhistle Market Place.

Beginning from the South Tyne valley at Garrigill, we set off deep into the North Pennines towards our destination at Carrshield on the banks of the River West Allen. On our way we will pass an amazing waterfall, ascend onto fell tops with views along the Nent valley and beyond, hop between counties and walk through areas where lead was once king.

05
May
2024

Walk 23: Pennine Peaks and Valleys - Day 2 (Carrshield to Lintley)

Sun May 5th 8:30 am
£20.00

Distance: Approx 12.0 miles
Ascent: Approx 1765 feet/Descent: Approx 2300 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

This walk is accessible without private transport as a coach picks us up from Haltwhistle Market Place.

Today’s walk commences in the old mining village of Carrshield from where we will cross the West Allen valley and head up onto the fells before descending to the limit of cultivation in the area. We climb again and cross the watershed between the West Allen and the South Tyne rivers, once again hopping over the county borders. After arriving in the South Tyne Valley, we cross the river and head towards our destination at Lintley Halt on the South Tyne Railway. 

06
May
2024

Walk 26: Pennine Peaks and Valleys - Day 3 (Lintley to Haltwhistle)

Mon May 6th 8:30 am
£15.00

Distance: Approx 12 miles
Ascent: Approx 1115 feet/Descent: Approx 1480 feet
Grade: 4, Strenuous

This walk is accessible without private transport as a coach picks us up from Haltwhistle Market Place.

On our final day of the walk, we set off from Lintley Halt, on a section of The Pennine Way, before crossing the River South Tyne and climbing up onto a path with great views over the valley and the Pennines. We visit an amazing viaduct that impressively spans a wide gorge and once carried the trains on the Haltwhistle to Alston railway. We pass through some lovely open countryside and walk on the route of an old Roman Road before heading along the riverbank and to our destination at Haltwhistle.