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For the intrepid walker, Haltwhistle is perfectly placed in the lush, green and historic countryside of Northumberland.


There are more than 20 excellent walks in and around Haltwhistle and the surrounding area.

With the River Tyne running close by, the town is sandwiched between the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south and Northumberland National Park to the north.

The town and its neighbouring hamlets are the best possible location to have as your base when you visit and walk out into the surrounding hills, valleys and riversides.

Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage site with a signposted coast to coast footpath, is a short walk up from the town, accessible via the Haltwhistle Burn Footpath or several quiet roads that rise up the hill to the B6318, known locally as the Military Road.

The Roman Army museums of Vindolanda, Housesteads, Chesters, Birdoswald and Carvoran are all nearby.


The Haltwhistle Walking Festival is held twice each year, in the spring and autumn.

Both festivals have week-long programmes of walks to suit all levels, from the gentle stroll along scenic footpaths to the arduous trek across the wilder parts of Northumberland.

All walks are accompanied by trained and experienced guides. You can book your place on any of the walks by visiting the Walking Festivals Website:



An easy stroll around the sights of this historic border town for those without walking boots and a preference for tarmac. A leaflet entitled Haltwhistle’s Reiver Trail from the Tourist Information Centre will enhance much of the information accompanying this walk.

A short, easy 3-mile walk, mainly through farmland, with some fine views over the high ground to the south of Haltwhistle, finishing with a short stretch along the well wooded banks of the lovely Haltwhistle Burn

A varied 4 mile walk going though farmland, moorland and a beautiful beech wood. There are fine views of Hadrian’s Wall and the open moors to the south of Haltwhistle. 

This 6-mile walk, which takes you through the heavily wooded valley alongside the Haltwhistle Burn, is both very beautiful and extremely interesting. The stretch along Hadrian’s Wall provides spectacular views both of the Wall and the wild open country and forests to the north. Download map

Visit nearby Bellister Castle, a National Trust owned castellated 19th-century mansion house attached to the ruinous remains of a 14th-century tower house. There are some excellent walks around it, from 2 miles to 10 miles: 

Bellister Castle Circular 2.5 Miles

Broomhouse Common Circular 6 Miles

Featherstone Bridge Circular 6 Miles

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