Etal - River Till Walk _ Northumberland

Etal-River Till Walk

Via Tiptoe Farm

7 Miles 4.0 hours

Location OS Landranger sheet 74 NT 924395

How to get there From the A697 south of Coldstream take the B3653 then left onto the B3654 to Etal. Left into Etal village park in the Castle carpark

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Start:- The walk commences from the Castle car park. Walk back towards the village and go left down the road towards the river.
This suspension bridge. is private.

With a notice " Do not cross" !!

Before the river take the gated path to the right.

Follow the path. It leads up and along to meet a minor road. At the road turn left past Tindal house and follow the farm track directly ahead.

Go through a gate and along the side of the wall to a stile.

Over the stile follow the path right across some rough ground, this leads up onto a field margin, go left.

Keeping to this direction follow along the side of a couple of fields to a stile hidden to the left at the end.

Follow the field margin steeply down to the river bank.

The walk can be continued staying on the field margin but there is a lightly trodden path along the river bank the paths rejoin at a stile.

Over the stile the walk comes to a grassy broad track this changes to a woodland track at a gate.

This track soon divides and the walk goes left to again stay on the riverside and finds a shelter we found to be an ideal stop for a break.

The walk continues along the riverbank of the Till until the path takes a sharp turn up to the right.

At the top of the bank signs point onwards along the river but our walk takes the grassy track directly onward This leads to a farm road. the hill seen ahead with trees at the summit is Fadden Hill.

Take the Farm road right past Tiptoe Cottages and onto the entrance to Tiptoe Farm.

The walk goes left, directly east, signed to Tindal House, along a farm track to a point where there is a deviation to the left.

At this deviation take the footpath up the side of the field to the right.

Follow this line over the hill it will lead to the minor road at Tindal House. Go right, along to the house to find the original riverside walk path back to Etal.

Etal Castle is worth a wander around, it has an excellent locally informative museum.

For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way

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