Thrunton Woods - Callaly Old Castle - Northumberland
Thrunton Woods Walk 2

visiting Callalay Old Castle

Location OS Landranger Sheet 81 Start point NU085098

Length 6.5 miles

How to get there Going north on the A697 Wooler road about 400yard past the crossroads with the B6341 the lane to Thrunton 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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This walk comprises most of the Northern part of the anticlockwise "Red Route"

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START : Do not go into the woods but make your way north along the road

When the road goes sharp right take the track left and follow it on to the forest track
Stay on this forest track as it leads gently down and right
At a junction take the track that goes down and right. This track circles left round Humbleton hill
The track leads upward left and will come to a junction where the "Red Route" goes left uphill.

Go past the lone pine and follow the path down and round.

Seen to the right are fields across to Whittingham

The path will come to a break in a wall follow it up left through a wood with a ground cover of bilberry
The Path will come to a junction. A gate is to the left about 30yards away.

Turn right uphill to Old Callaly Castle

Go through the castle site and head down following the "Red Route" signs to a stile.
Turn right at the other side and follow the route up and to the left
The path climbs past some crags and continue forward up the hill through scots pine

At the top, a gully leads up onto the main forest path

Turn left and follow the path past a pond to a gate.

Through the gate the path goes right and joins a Forest track.

Take this track left to the top of Callaly crags and round onto Thrunton Crags where there are terrific views north to Cheviot.

When you come to a viewing bench, take the track right, away from the crags for about 200 yards

Turn left at the next junction and follow the red brick track down for about 600 yards

Follow the main track left and it will gently take you directly down to the car park

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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