You won't find a more atmospheric and tranquil woodland than Holystone Wood.
Holystone is tucked away in a quiet corner of Coquetdale. The peace and tranquillity of the area attracted a religious order that built a nunnery here in the twelfth century, around which Holystone village grew.
The nunnery has long gone, but the tranquil surroundings remain, offering both beautiful walks and much of interest for the historian and naturalist alike. There are waterfalls, crags and plenty of aged broadleaved woodland which is a delight to walk in at any time of year.
Nearby Holystone Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest jointly managed for conservation purposes by Forestry Commission and Northumberland Wildlife Trust and lying within Northumberland National Park.
Explore on footOnly one trail to Lady's Well is waymarked. None of the longer paths and trails within the wood are waymarked and it is recommended that you take an OS Landranger or Explorer map with you to aid navigation. Mountain bikes and horses are welcome in this wood.
What do other visitors say?
Tony L, 24/Jul/2016
love these woods
5 StarsAnonymous, 8/May/2016
A lot of ticks among the firs but well worth the visit. Sometimes it is easier to follow the deer trails than footpaths.
5 StarsGordon Stephenson, 29/Aug/2015
5 STARS FOR THE WOODS, 1 STAR FOR THE FOOTPATHS. Even with an OS map it is difficult to navigate around the woods due to footpaths not being restored after harvesting & fallen trees blocking paths. The main forestry roads have been cleared back for about 5m but the footpaths are badly overgrown. Misplaced priority's? Great views of a young red squirrel feeding around the carpark.