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Walk 21: St Oswalds Way – Day 3. Rothbury to Kirkwhelpington.   Saturday 29th April 2023

After parking in Kirkwhelpington, a coach will take us to the beautiful market town of Rothbury, a place surrounded by stunning scenery and rare wildlife. It’s also home to the famous Cragside, formerly the home of Lord William Armstrong and now owned by the National Trust.

We leave behind the River Coquet, our almost constant companion from Day 2, and head towards Rothbury Forest, known for its cup and ring rocks. We climb towards Cauldhole Moss, crossing open moorland with views of the nearby Simonside Hills. We pass through more woodland at Harwood Forest to reach Catcherside.  From here, we move downhill towards Kirkwhelpington.

Distance: Approx 15 miles      Grade: 4, Strenuous        Ascent: Approx 1600 ft/Descent: Approx 1300 feet

Meet: 08:50 at  Kirkwhelpington village hall to board a coach at 09:00 for the journey to Rothbury.

Parking: Park in the lay-by just off the A696, next to the entrance to Horncastle Farm (GR: NY993844) Someone will be there to direct you.

Fee: £15           Places: 27

Bring: Packed lunch plus extra rations for a long day out.

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