Around Rothbury – Aug 2020


Date: 8th August 2020
Start time: 10 am
Distance: 10 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (Hills)

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Around Rothbury – Aug 2020

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The Around Rothbury walk takes in the area around Rothbury, visiting interesting places and providing some spectacular views over the Coquet valley.


Hills: General - AscentKey2-98x27 Some hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Hills)
Map: General - 332-AlnwickAmble-Map-thumb General - OL42-KielderWaterForest-Map-thumb
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We start in the same place as for the Christmas Walk, Cowhaugh Car Park, on the South bank of the Coquet.  From here we cross the footbridge and head upstream.

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We walk along a path by the river to Lady’s Bridge.  This crosses the Coquet at Wolves Haugh.  Wolves Haugh is a large flat area, that often floods, just upriver from Rothbury.

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After crossing the river we take a track along the edge of a field, before emerging onto the road.

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Great Tosson

A little bit of road walking leads us up to Great Tosson.  If you like, we can visit Tosson Tower, a bastle tower that was built in the 14th or 15th century to defend the area against Border Reivers.

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From Great Tosson we walk down to the Lime Kiln.  For many years this kiln was used to produce lime to spread on the acid soil in the fields.  The view from the top of the kiln is a panoramic view of the Coquet Valley.

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From Tosson Lime Kiln, we take a path across fields to another bridge across the Coquet.  This leads us into Thropton.  It’s a lovely little village with two pubs and a bridge over the Wreigh Burn.

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Physic Lane

To get up to the carriageway, we use Physic Lane.  It is said to get its name from the place that the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, who created a hospital in Thropton.

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Physic lane runs up the side of the fell and through woodland, eventually opening onto open moorland.

The Carriageway

At the top of Physic Lane we take path through the heather to the Carriageway Drive.

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The Carriageway Drive was once part of a long drive around the Cragside Estate.  Lord Armstrong would take his visitors on the drive to show off his Estate.

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The reason Lord Armstrong brought visitors here is the reason we are here.  The views are outstanding.  The distinctive outline of Simonside can be seen across the valley and the River Coquet can be traced up the valley to its source in the Cheviots.

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Practice trenches

As we walk round the Carriageway we come to some peculiar shapes in the moorland.  There are lots of zig-zags dug into the ground.  These are WWI practice trenches and were used to train troops in trench digging, before they were sent to war.

Primrose Cottage

We continue on, through some lovely but sparse woodland and round to Primrose Cottage.  This is a former lodge of the Cragside Estate.

The original Carriageway route is over private land, so we can’t follow it any further.  So, here we turn right and head into the woods for a short distance, before crossing a stile into open moorland.  This path takes us back towards our starting point but we will not finish here.  We will head into the beautiful Addycombe Woods.


Addycombe is arguably the prettiest part of the walk, especially when the rhododendrons are out.  There are incredible views over Rothbury and the surrounding area.

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We follow a winding path along another section of the Carriageway Drive.  At the end of this we arrive another gate marked private, so we take a path across fields and down towards Rothbury.

Back to Rothbury

The final stretch is along Hillside Road and then down, on a path, into Rothbury.

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Hope to see you there.

Julie and Martin x

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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: NE65 7SH
OS Grid Reference: NU 05709 01514
Parking: We will park in Haugh Car Park.  This is just across the footbridge, over the River Coquet, from Rothbury.  This car park is free.
Toilets: The nearest toilets are on Bridge Street, in the village.