Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn – Sept 2021


Date: Sunday 26th September 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (some hills and distance)

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Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn

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This is a lovely walk around Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn, focussed particularly on a visit to Hareshaw Linn on the way back.  Hareshaw Linn is a picturesque waterfall near Bellingham.


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Some hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey2-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Distance)
Map: General - OL42-KielderWaterForest-Map-thumb
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The start

We start by taking a route across fields towards the Border County Ride, an old Byway/Bridleway that was a  long distance trail for horse riding, etc.

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The North Tyne

We take the Byway towards Redesmouth.  At the road we turn right and go under the disused railway bridge that once carried the Border Counties Railway.  After a short bit of road walking, we join a path that takes us down to the banks of the North Tyne.

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There is a lovely path of grass here, right beside the river.  This is where we will have lunch.

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Back to Bellingham

After lunch, we keep following the bank of the river back to Bellingham and back to the starting point.  At this point we can leave our bags and take the short stroll up to Hareshaw Linn.

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Hareshaw Linn is one of the best waterfalls in Northumberland.  It is also one of the most accessible. We take the lovely winding path up the steep sided valley and over the seven bridges, each crossing Hareshaw Burn.  Eventually we reach Hareshaw Linn itself.

Hareshaw Linn is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).  The flora includes many examples of mosses, liverworts, ferns and lichen.  The fauna includes rare birds, red squirrels, badgers and bats.

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To the tearoom

To get back to the start we simply retrace our steps.  On reaching Bellingham, we will adjourn to Carriages Tearoom for refreshments.

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We look forward to seeing you there.

Julie and Martin x


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Nearest postcode: NE48 2DG
OS Grid Reference: NY 84127 83347
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Toilets: There are public toilets in the village, close to the turn for the Heritage Centre.  Also, there are toilets at The Carriages Tearoom for customers.
Directions: Take the B6320 to Bellingham.  In the centre of the village, take the road towards the Heritage Centre (signposted).  Follow this road for about 250m until you see a sign on your right for the Heritage Centre.  This is the starting point.
Parking: Use the parking for The Carriages Tearoom.