Route: Rothbury Circular

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 30th March 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.8 miles

Weather: Hazy sunshine, bitterly cold wind

It was the last day of our wonderful short walking holiday in Northumberland. We’d been staying at b Cottage in the attractive and unspoilt village of Rothbury and would highly recommend the cottage to anyone planning to visit the area

We walked out of the cottage door and just before the village centre we turned right along a lane which took us down to the River Coquet. We crossed the river over the footbridge and walked up the road to the lovely village of Whitton

A track known as Hillhead Road took us to the highest part of the walk at 700 feet, Whitton Hillhead. Hats and gloves were needed as there was a bitingly cold wind up there

We then made the gentle descent through fields into Coquetdale, with big views ahead of us all the way down – a delighful section of the walk

The last leg was along the bank of the River Coquet. A well made path took us back into Rothbury, and after a wander round the village we returned to our cottage and set off for home, already planning our next visit to Northumberland with its infinite walking opportunities

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