Thrunton Woods Walk 1- Coe Crags -Long Crag - Northumberland
Thrunton Woods Walk 1

visiting Coe Crags and Long Crag

Length 7.5 miles

Location OS Landranger Sheet 81 Start point NU085098

How to get there Going north on the A697 Wooler road about 400yard past the crossroads with the B6341 the lane to Thunton Woods is straight ahead when the A697 bears right at the top of the rise.

Run along this narrow road about two miles to the Forestry Commission Woodland Walks car park on the left.

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START:- From the car park take the main footpath leading up into the wood,

Ignore any paths leading off to the left and stay on this main track until it comes to a T junction then take it left.
Follow on this foresters track as it leads along, down and left, Coe Crags can be seen ahead.
The track heads down and left, back towards the approach road
The signs will indicate where to cross the stream to your right.

There is a new bridge but t can be a bit muddy on the far bank. Follow the path up through the wood.

The track leads upward at time quite steeply left and then right, opening on to moorland with spectacular views to the north, and east towards the coast.
Coe Crags are now ahead of you to the west
Follow the broad track along the north facing escarpment.

To the South is the unmistakable profile of Simonside

<<<< On Coe Crags with Long Crag seen in the middle distance
<<<< A look back up to Coe Crags
Pass along a wide curving path to Long Crag passing trig point 3572
A path leads beyond Long Crag and then northward down quite a steep bank which can be slippy when wet. A lot of the path on the decsent is washed away and it is a bit akward.
<<<<<<<< Looking back up to Long Crag

From the bottom of the bank follow the path right and down to join a track. with a fence to your left.

There is a gate stile in the fence take it and follow the beaten track through the ferns/bracken. over a small stream and continue up through the ferns/bracken towards a wood of fir trees slightly right.

There is a track between the trees ond a fence and the walking is easier.

At the brow of the hill go through a gate/stile and on the other side walking on a line away from the fence heat through the heather pathways head for a shelter/cairn on the horizon
The path now crosses right over open ground and into a wood . Follow it upward past a pond/marshy area. there are a multitude of tracks here take the one going right over the hill beyond the pond.

Follow the track to a gate and through the gate take the path right to a main forest track (.about 100 yards).

Take this main track left and it will take you Callaly Crag.

This path is now on the top of Callaly Crags and passes along Thrunton Crags as it heads north - east past some superb viewing points and then downhill at an easy gradient. go past the Red Route signpost all the way to the bottom of the hill.
At the recently cleared area take the path right then left and downhill to the start point
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)

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

NBM Sept 2009

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