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Escape to breathtaking Northumberland

The stunning outlook and tranquil atmosphere immediately invite you to explore the scenic footpaths at Harbottle. Park up the car, ready to burn off the excitable energy you built up on the drive here.

A joyous feeling will take over your body as you begin the trek, armed with a comfy pair of walking shoes and a generous-sized flask of coffee.

But where will the trail take you?

After you pass through the kissing gate, wander left at the cairn and make your way to the ancient Drake Stone, where local legend believes ancient healing powers lie.

We recommend taking some snaps for the scrapbook and spending some time wandering the ruins of 12th-century Harbottle Castle.

As you cross the stile and stroll along the lake, you’ll soon be transported back to woodland surroundings when you make a right at the fence.

The fresh breeze and sounds of rustling trees will help guide you along before you cross the road bridge, walking above the picturesque River Coquet.

Want to push yourself further?

By now, you’ve already conquered three miles of stunning scenery, and it could be a good time to end today’s walk, turning right to head back to the car. But we’re sure you’ll be keen to finish the entire route.

Make your way past Low Alwinton Lime Kiln and keep going until you hit the end, just before you reach a field.

Take a moment to stand still in the field’s centre, breathing the fresh country air to give you a much-needed boost.

A footbridge will bring you back across the river, where soon after you’ll get up close to the magnificent Harbottle Castle ruins.

Make future visits a new tradition

The route is superb if you want to experience some new dog walking trails. Or perhaps you’d like to bring a good group of friends next time?

You’ll love spending time together among the sweet sounds of birdsong and wildlife going about their day.

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