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

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.

Crag Top Walk 


Castle Hill Walk


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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?

Staying in Northumberland we looked for a country walk instead of a beach walk with our cocker spaniel. After reading the reviews we took the red route tho the walk up the crag was a slight challenge due to the sodden ground ( being February)

Much enjoyed & perfectly sign posted.

Enjoyed by us all

Janet Bradley Feb 2017, 15/Feb/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

I love Thrunton Woods but why are there no bins for doggy poop? Owners just end up leaving their poop bags behind, which spoils the walk

Gill, 19/Apr/2015

Thrunton Wood is a free to use countryside site and as such the level of facilities you should expect are lower than in a town. Dog owners are expected to remove their dog's waste from site and dispose of at home, just like any other litter. This way they will avoid 'giving their dog a bad name'.

Forestry Commission Response

What happened to the long walk past the circle of stones and over the moor to the crag?

Kevin, 26/May/2014

The waymarkers for this walk were removed several years ago. The crags can still be accessed from Thrunton Wood or via public rights of way from neighbouring Callaly Estate.

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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.
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OS Grid ref: NU085097
Postcode: NE66 4SD

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