Etal - River Till Walk _ Northumberland

Etal-River Till Walk

Via Tiptoe Farm

7 Miles 4.5 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 car park

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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.
Before the river take the path through a gate to the right signed to Tindal House 11/2 miles
Before the rise in this path (68 Cycleway) to Tindal house take the Footpath signed yellow down to the left.

The footpath is only a few hundred yards long it leads up to a gate. through the gate Tindal House is in front and above you.

Dont be tempted to follow the river bank ! The stretch from here beyond Tindal House is private property

To your left at the top of the field there is a grey wall the gate at the left end of the wall takes the walk onward.

The path beyond was a bit overgrown when last there but follow it through the long vegetation and you will ascend 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.( NT90940-41803)

The walk continues along the riverbank of the Till until the track takes a sharp turn up to the right. There is a (disc 14>) as you turn to zigzag up the hill.

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 turn right towards Tiptoe.

Having climbed from the Till valley you are in Northumberland Big Sky country and as a contrast through the other side of Tiptoe farm there is great view of Cheviot.
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. (NT 91508-41937)

At right angles right from the track you've just come along. The right of way follows the field margins to Tindal House,

Depending on the whim of the crop growers I would be prepared to try whichever side of the hedge/fence offers the best walking.

Follow this line over the hill it will lead to the minor road at Tindal House. Go right, along and before the house to find the original (68) riverside walk/cycle 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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