Health Walks

Please note : Health Walks are currently suspended due to coronavirus. 

Our fortnightly health walks are part of the West Northumberland Walking for Health Scheme.  Walking can help and / or prevent conditions such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and arthritis.  Regular walks can also help combat depression and loneliness. As well as being a great way to exercise, the walks are an excellent way of meeting others.

Walks are free and led by trained volunteers.  Please wear appropriate outdoor clothes and supportive shoes or boots.  It is a good idea to carry some water with you.  Dogs are not allowed on the walks (except assistance dogs).  Please understand that you undertake the walk at your own risk.

We always meet at the RTC at 10am. For some walks we share transport to other locations – these walks are marked *. Please also note that the walk leaders may need to change the route at the last minute due to weather conditions or if there us not enough shared transport available on the car walks.

The programme of walks for January to June 2020 is as follows:

7 January – Otterburn Hall (grade 1)

14 January – Bellingham Riverside (grade 2) *

4 February – Holystone Lady’s Well (grade 2/3) *

18 February – Hopefoot Circuit (grade 1)

3 March – Byrness Riverside (grade 1-2)*

17 March – West Woodburn (grade 3) *

31 March – Otterburn Trail (grade 1)

14 April – Sidwood (grade 2)*

28 April – Hareshaw Linn (grade 3)*

12 May – Percy Cross (grade 1)

26 May – Ridley Crag (grade 2-3)*

9th June – Padon Hill (grade 3)*

23rd June – Otterburn Hall (grade 1)

Grades  of Walks

Grade 1 : fairly easy terrain suitable for beginners – up to 60 minutes walking time

Grade 2 : may include slopes and uneven surfaces suitable for beginners – 60 to 90 minutes walking time

Grade 3 : 60 to 90 minutes walking time – may include slopes, stiles and uneven surfaces

New Walkers

New walkers are always welcome. There is no need to book. Just arrive a few minutes before the start of the walk and make yourself known to the leader. There is a short registration form to fill out.

For further information contact the health walks co-ordinator at: 01670 622368 or