GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harbottle Crags and Woods Walk

5 miles (8 km)

This circular walk from the Northumberland village of Harbottle climbs to Cold Law, Dove Crag and Harbottle Crags.
It's an interesting and peaceful area with some splendid geology and wonderful views to the Cheviot Hills enjoy.
The walk starts from the historic Harbottle Castle ruins and follows country lanes south east to Rockey's Hall. Here you follow footpaths south into Harbottle Woods, passing Gallow Edge and Sealburn Quarry before coming to Cold Law and Harbottle Crag. The hill rises to a heigh of 361 metres commanding fine views over the Northumberland National Park.
The route then loops round to visit the scenic area of Dove Crag where you will find photogenic rock formations and pretty heather. From here you continue north through the woods to return to the country lane leading back to the village.
To continue your walking in the area follow footpaths west to visit the Drake Stone and Harbottle Lake. Here you will find a hugesandstone boulder which has been compared to the Bowder Stone inthe Borrowdale area of the Lake District National Park. The stone is one of the area highlights and a popular place for photographers to capture an atmospheric shot of the local landscape.


NE65 7DG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Harbottle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Harbottle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Harbottle

  • Alwinton - This Northumberland based village has some lovely heather moorland, riverside trails, interesting geology, hill climbs and a historic old castle to explore
  • Kidland Forest - Explore Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale on this circular cycle ride in the Northumberland National Park
  • Harwood Forest - Enjoy a largely traffic free cycle ride through Harwood Forest and the Simonside Hills in the Northumberland National Park
  • Simonside Hills - The Simonside Hills are a fabulous place for walkers with miles of footpaths taking you through woodland and moorland to wonderful viewpoints
  • Fontburn Reservoir - This circular walk takes you around the lovely Fontburn Reservoir in Northumberland
  • Usway Burn - River Coquet - Upper Coquetdale Walk - Enjoy some lovely waterside walking along the Usway Burn and the River Coquet on this route in the Upper Coquetdale area of the Northumberland National Park
  • Elsdon - This attractive village in the Northumberland National Park is a lovely place for a stroll
  • Otterburn - This circular walk follows the Otterburn Village Trail around this Northumberland village
  • Otterburn Ranges - This walk explores the Otterburn Ranges, an expansive Ministry of Defence owned area of the Northumberland National Park.


The Star Inn dates back over 200 years and began life as a coaching inn. The inn is steeped in history and would have once been used by drovers crossing the Anglo-Scottish border just a few miles away in The Cheviot Hills. It was built using sandstone from the ruins of nearbyHarbottle Castle. They have a good menu and some outdoor seating for warmer days.
There is also a well stocked villageshopand newsagents at the side of the pub, which is also a small Information Point for the Northumberland National Park. The pub provides rooms if you wish to stay in the area. You can find them at postcode NE65 7DG for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and the hill climbs are great for fit dogs. The Star Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Alwinton Walk starts from the neighbouring village to the north west. It visits various local highlights including the River Alwin, River Coquet, Harbottle Castle, West Wood and the Drake Stone.
To the north east 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.


Harbottle Castle (3) - - 3471684

Harbottle Castle ruins at the start of the walk. Themedieval castle dates to the 12th century and was built by order ofHenry II.

Harbottle - - 2675987

Harbottle village street

Cairn on Cold Law - - 1496148

Cairn on Cold Law. Panorama north-east from the trig point

Cold Law - - 1495907

Cold Law. To the right of the trig point there is clear evidence for the remains of a large cairn partly reused in the building of a more recent shelter. 'Coldlaw Cairn' is named on old OS maps but recent sheets only show the trig point itself.

Towards Harbottle Wood - - 306372

Towards Harbottle Wood with winter sun. Forestry tracks with Cheviot foothills on the skyline

Dove Crag - - 533416

Dove Crag

Approach to Dove Crag - - 1484394

Approach to Dove Crag. This crag by the main path guards the approach to the main part of Dove Crag which lies behind along the course of a small stream.

Harbottle Crag ruined farmstead - - 1496227

Harbottle Crag ruined farmstead. This remote linear farmstead is thought to have been built between 1817 and 1828 when it first appeared on maps named as Harbottle Crag. It was marked as ruined on OS maps of the 1950s well before afforestation of much of its surroundings.


GPS Files

GPX File

Harbottle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)