Wildlife river walk

About this walk

This country side walk always leaves me with a craving for game pie. It covers woodland, rivers and fields and I will often see deer, pheasants, grouse and rabbits on the way. There are quite a lot of hills on this walk, which takes about an hour and is moderately strenuous. With young children, expect to add another half hour at least and it’s worth taking some drinks and snacks for the later part of the walk.

During winter months this can be very muddy in parts, so walking boots or wellies are recommended at this time of year.

Directions

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Start at Alnmouth train station, turn left down curly lane and until you meet a main road. Turn left and follow the road towards the bridge.

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You will see a gate in the left going steeply up hill, walk past this to the next gate, and take this gate. You will see a map of the local area. It can be helpful to take a snap of this on your phone for future reference if you are without a map.

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Follow the track up hill, and round to the left where you have a view of the train station and the rolling cheviots in the distance to the right. The path then goes down hill and skirts the river round to the left under the railway arch.

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Go through the railway arch and continue to follow the river until you meet a farm directly ahead of you, with some telegraph poles heading to the left. Turn left at this point and walk parallel to the farm, until you reach a gap in a hedge.

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Turn left through the gap in the hedge, and walk up hill where you will see a forest on your left. Keep walking until you reach a stile in the fence. Go over the stile and you will be on the old train track, which used to run from Alnmouth to Alnwick. This train track is being gradually restored and is worth a visit. As is Barter Books, which used to be the old train station in Alnwick.

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Turn right and walk for about 20 metres on the train track, and you will see another stile to your left, cross over this and walk up the hill with the fence on your right. Sometimes there will be cows grazing in this field, so best keep any dogs on leads. This is quite an incline, and at the top you will be gaining your appetite for game pie, incentivised by the sitings of game along your walk.

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At the top of the hill you have great views over Alnmouth and the coast, and Alnwick with the Cheviots beyond. When you look down the hill towards the farm, you can appreciate the climb you’ve done.

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Continue along the path until you meet a gate meeting a road, it can get very muddy here. Go through the gate, and turn left along the track, follow the road until you meet the main road, and you can turn left back down towards the train station. Initially there is no pavement so be careful for the first hundred meters or so.

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