Old Bewick, Blawearie and Cateran Hole – May 2022


Date: Sunday 1 May 2022
Start time: 10.00 am
Distance: 10 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (distance and some hills)

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Old Bewick, Blawearie and Cateran Hole

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This walk not only visits Old Bewick, Blawearie and Cateran Hole, but gives the walker fantastic views around the area (weather permitting of course).


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Some hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey2-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Distance)
Map: General - 332-AlnwickAmble-Map-thumb
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The start

We will start at Old Bewick farm and walk North East towards Bewick Hill.  Apart from the incredible views from this hill, there are two Iron Age hill forts here, with large double ramparts.  One of them even has two WW2 pill boxes situated within it.  For those who prefer the views to the history, there are spectacular views to the West over the Till valley.

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Cateran Hole

From Bewick Hill we will set off East, to follow a path around the Southern edge of the Bewick Moor open access area.  This path eventually arrives at Cateran Hill and, beneath it, Cateran Hole.

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This is an interesting feature on the moor.  Investigating what looks like a simple hole in the ground shows a set of steps.  These lead to a narrow chamber.  There are many ideas what this was for, including the entrance to a tunnel to Chillingham Castle.  The most likely explanation is that it was a smugglers hole.


From Cateran Hole we will walk South West for our main objective, Blawearie.  This is an old farmstead, which must have been a difficult place to live.  You will see how exposed and remote it would have been.  One of our walkers, Edith’s family lived in this building before the army requisitioned it for target practice!

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Close to Blawearie is a ancient cairn containing burial cysts.

The return to the start is only a short distance from here, down the other side of Bewick Hill.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Julie and Martin x


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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: NE66 4DZ
OS Grid Reference: NU 06672 21463
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Directions: Coming from the Alnwick area, join the B6346 and continue along this road north-east, until it takes a right turn.  At the turn continue straight ahead.  After just under a mile, you should see a long brick barn on your right.  Park on the grass to the side of the barn.
From the Wooler or Rothbury directions, take the A697 towards Wooperton and then turn on to the B6346.  Continue on the B6346 until you reach a T-junction.  Turn left and, after just under a mile, you should see a long brick barn on your right.  Park on the grass to the side of the barn.
Toilets: There are no public toilets close to this location.  The nearest ones are in Alnwick or Wooler.
Parking: Parking is on the grass verge next to the barn. We will meet here. This is a working farm, so please don’t park on the green near the farmhouse or near the entrances to the farmyard.