GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Thrunton Woods

5 miles (8.5 km)

Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large area of woodland near Alnwick.
The forest has two waymarked walking trails. One is an easy trail of 2 miles and the other is a more challenging 5 mile walk involving some climbing. The area is also popular with mountain bikers as there are a number of very good off road trails to try. On the trails you can climb Thrunton Crag and enjoy wonderful views towards the Cheviots.
A few miles to the south of the woods you will find the splendid Cragside Country Park. Here you will find peaceful woodland trails, Nelly Moss Lakes and two waterfalls.
Also nearby is the delightful Hulne Park. The extensive park has several waymarked trails with woodland, riverside paths and wonderful views from the high points.


NE66 4SD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Thrunton Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Head south of the woods to Cragside and there's a nice National Trust cafe for refreshments. To the north there's the little village of Whittingham which has a mobile fish and chip van.

Dog Walking

With miles of nice wide trails the woods are an ideal place for a dog walk. You'll probably see plenty of other owners with their pets on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the northern outskirts of the woods you could pick up the circular Whittingham Walk. This starts from the nearby unspoilt village which is located in a picturesque spot on the River Aln.
Just to the north west is the wonderful Ingram Valley where you can enjoy riverside trails and visit the splendid Linhope Spout waterfall.
To the west there's the circular Shepherds Cairn Walk which visits a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the exceptionally cold winter of 1962. The walk starts from Alnham where there's a noteworthy Grade I listed 12th century church.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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View over Whittingham Vale

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Footpath in the woods

Macartneys Cave, Thrunton Wood (geograph 4636815)

The unusually shaped Macartneys Cave

View of Thrunton Wood from Thrunton Crag - - 1199884

View over Thrunton Wood from Thrunton Crag

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Handy information board at the site

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Thrunton village from the northern edge of the Wood.

Thrunton Wood Car Park and information board - - 229247

Car Park and information board. Thrunton Wood is planted on Thrunton Crag - a steep escarpment of sandstone and so provides plenty of lofty views with the Cheviot hills providing the backdrop. Three walks of varying length and difficulty provide walkers with a chance to get right into the wood and explore. The car park in Thrunton Wood offers a delightful picnic area, an information point (unmanned) and the starting point for three colour coded waymarked walks.

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Triangulation Pillar. The trig point marker is on Long Crag in Thrunton Wood, Northumberland placed at a height of 319 metres above sea level. It shows the Ordnance Survey BSM reference number of 3572.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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