Etal and Duddo Stone Circle
Etal and Duddo Stone Circle is a gorgeous walk around the Etal area and visiting the Bronze Age Stone Circle at Duddo. The village of Etal is gorgeous and the walk along the River Till is equally impressive, but the ancient Duddo Stones may beat them both.
We take a route over Etal Moor, where there are amazing views of the Cheviots. Then down to Duddo, to visit the Bronze Age Stone Circle. We then take the road and farm tracks down to the River Till and back to Etal.
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The start – Etal
Etal village dates back to the 16th century. The village is very pretty and the Castle equally impressive. It’s a lovely peaceful place to start a walk.
We set off out of the village and along the road towards Ford, but turn off to the left towards the Smithy. This road passes the end of Etal Manor drive before gradually climbing up to Slainsfield, home to the Cheviot Brewery.
Soon after passing through Slainsfield we take a track that skirts past Etal Moor. Etal Moor is an open access area of high ground, similar to Ford Moss. We skirt along the edge of this area before continuing on a winding path across fields to Duddo.
Duddo Stone Circle
When we reach Duddo, we will walk through the village and out to the other side. Soon after, we take a right turn onto a permissive path towards the Stones. It isn’t until we reach the second field that we can see the Stones. The field is on a small hill and the Stone Circle sits at the top. If you like, you can sit in the circle and absorb the mystical energy, while having lunch. If you don’t believe in mystical energy, you can admire the panoramic view of the Cheviot Hills.
Once we have filled our energy reserves (one way or the other), we set off towards Tindal house. The route is via farm tracks and country roads. If we are lucky we can do a bit of hedgerow foraging on the way.
When we reach Tindal House, we follow a track down to the river and the peace of the lovely walk along the River Till and back to Etal.
The River Till
The River Till must be one of the prettiest rivers in the whole of Northumberland. It winds its way towards the Tweed. We take the path alongside it, which also winds through gorgeous woodland. There is evidence that the Victorians had a hand in shaping this woodland.
Back to Etal
When we reach the ford over the river, we turn away from the river and up towards the castle, where we are back in Etal village.
Hope to see you there.
Julie and Martin x
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