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Explore Thrunton Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.3/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Never heard of anything so ridiculous as that gentleman complaining about muddy paths in the countryside. Stick to town and leave us country folk in peace.

Dave the Local, 26/Dec/2017
1 Star 1 Star

I have often enjoyed the red trail in Thrunton woods - I use it as a trail running route. Today, however, I was very disappointed. After running aprox. 4km into the trail through deep mud caused by tractors, I found the path to be completely impassible and dangerous due to a very high number of felled trees blocking the path. I had to turn back. I knew that I had probably missed a sign, which I did. Near the start of the trail there was ONE small sign in orange, positioned at a low level below another sign, saying that the path was closed. It is A4 size and is not significant enough to notice, especially for a runner. I think there should be much clearer indicators when a path is impassible. I don't mean to be unfair in my criticism as I use this trail regularly and love it and would still highly recommend it.

Jennie, 28/Jul/2017

Hi Jennie, we'll look into the signage where you describe and make sure it is more visible

Forestry Commission Response

Is the parking at Thrunton Woods free, or is a charge made for parking? Also, is overnight parking permitted?

Rick Smith, 13/Jun/2017

Parking is free at Thrunton Wood, but no overnight parking is allowed.

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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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