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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

View from The Cheviot Hills from the red walking trail in Thrunton Woods






The Castle Hill Walk (way-marked red trail) is a must if you are looking to burn off those extra calories after lunch. The trail winds down to the foot of Thrunton Crags via unsurfaced trail and forest road before climbing steeply to the tops of the crags. Here, you are treated to magnificent views of the Northumbrian landscape with the Cheviot Hills as the backdrop.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

First time in a few years that ive been into Thrunton woods....didn't disappoint. Started at 10am on a blissful Saturday morning, rather warm but not unpleasant. Dragged my 13 year old daughter along (her first visit) and the pooch. After much trepidation about the climb to the top of the crag she agreed the view was worth it. Small picnic on the bench at the top then onwards. 2hrs 45 mins from starting we arrived back at the car. Excellent walk, well marked, a joy as always. Ps. pooch slept slept all afternoon on returning home.

garth, 7/Aug/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Excellent walk with good parking only downside was there are no bins for dog waste. Would like to see distance markers on the route. Really enjoyable. Not much tires out our cocker spaniel but after a two hour hike he slept all the way home in the car.

Caroline, 2/May/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

Did this route today and we were tracking the route and had set out the correct amount of time for a 4 mile walk before our lunch reservations. It took longer than expected as the walk actually measured out at 6.2miles. We didn't go off track anywhere just followed the markers. I normal wouldn't mind but this made us late for out lunch booking. We got 4 miles just before the point of the steep assent up tot he top of the hill with the views. Anyone else find it longer than expected?

Nice walk but longer than 4.75 miles, 3/Mar/2016

Thank you for your comments. I have measured the route on our GIS mapping system and it measures 8234m. This is a shade over 5 miles (as opposed the 4.75 miles previously stated) and I have updated the distance on this page to reflect this. Sorry your lunch date was delayed but I hope the walk was enjoyable and helped you work up an appetite!

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What's Here?

  • Trail (hard)
  • Some off-road walking and a very steep ascent to the top of Thrunton Crag.
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OS Grid ref: NU085097
Postcode: NE66 4SD

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