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Explore Thrunton Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Family picnicking at Thrunton wood. Kielder FD




Thrunton Wood provides wild views from the top of lofty crags in this inspiring corner of Northumberland. 

Thrunton Wood is planted on and around two steep escarpments of sandstone – Thrunton Crag in the north, and Long Crag /Coe Crag two miles to the south. These lofty crags provide spectacular viewpoints from which to admire the Northumbrian scenery. Two exhilarating walks allow you to explore the miles of trails as they wind through the maturing forest and across open moorland.

Waymarked trails

Explore Thrunton Wood on two waymarked trails, both starting from the main car park. The Crag Top Walk (green markers, 1 mile) is the shortest route, while the Castle Hill Walk (red markers, 5 miles) is a more demanding route with a long ascent. Both routes will reward you with great views of the Cheviots from Thrunton Crags. 

Explore further

None of the other 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?

Hi planning to bring my horse up to thrunton to ride. Do we follow a particular trail?

Dawn Winn, 2/May/2018

There are no designated horse riding trails in the forest but horses are permitted on OS marked forest roads and tracks.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Another very enjoyable walk around the woods

Just wondering if the tracks around the ongoing harvesting operation behind Thrunton Crags will be restored as they have been totally wrecked by the heavy machinery/recent bad weather

Gordon S, 2/May/2018
2 Stars 2 Stars

Just been walking in thrunton woods and was struck by the lack of any waymarks. You come to a junction nothing to tell you red walk do I go left ,right and as for getting to castle hill well absolutely nothing

Stuart thomson, 19/Apr/2018

The red trail no longer crosses onto Castle Hill (this was changed a number of years ago) hence there is no marking in this area. We have recently inspected this walk and the relevant markers were in place so it may be that unfortunately you missed one marker (possibly the one to lead you back up Thrunton Crag?) and in doing so you have ended up at Castle Hill. The markers will be checked again at the next inspection to ensure they are all present and correct.

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Last updated: 21st November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain bikers welcome
  • Dogs
  • There are no dog bins provided in the forest. Please take all bagged dog waste home with you or flick unbagged waste off the paths and into the undergrowth. Don't give your dog a bad name!
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders welcome
  • Walking
  • Due to the nature of the landscape at Thrunton, strenuous climbs and descents mark both walks. The Crag Top (green) provides the most moderate of these climbs and is mainly (75%) on forest road. Benches provide frequent resting stops. The other walk is lengthy and involves much walking on rough tracks.
  • Viewpoint
  • Views of Whittingham Vale and the Cheviot Hills
  • Wildlife
  • Birds of prey, such as goshawks and buzzards, plus red squirrels are often sighted here.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NU085097
Postcode: NE66 4SD

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