GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Otterburn Ranges Walks

12 miles (19 km)

This walk explores the Otterburn Ranges, an expansive Ministry of Defence owned area of the Northumberland National Park.
The wide area of Moorlandis a haven for wildlife due to its remote, sparsley populated nature.
This circular walk explores the ranges around the village of Byrness. There is some roadside parking along the A road and the Forest View Walkers Inn where parking is available to guests.
From near here you can pick up the Pennine Way and follow it north past Byrness Hill, Houx Hill and Ogre Hill on the edge of the Border Forest Park.
Turn east here and you will soon come to the source of the River Coquet at Coquet Head, on the border with Scotland.
You'll pass along the Border County Ride, heading east to the site of the medieval village of Kemylpethe and the old Roman Fort at Chew Green. There's an information board here detailing the history of the ancient site.
Here you pick up the old Roman Road known as Camel's Path or Dere Street and follow it south east to Middle Golden Pot with great views of the Cheviots.
Here you turn south west, passing the Cottonshope Quarry before a woodland section through the Byrness Plantation. You can then pick up the Pennine Way again and follow it west along the edge of Redesdale Forest and the River Rede.
To continue your walking in the area head towards Alwinton and try the Usway Burn - River Coquet - Upper Coquetdale Walk.


NE19 1TS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Walks around the Otterburn Ranges

  • Hindhope Linn - This circular walk visits the beautiful Hindhope Linn and Blakehopeburnhaugh Waterfalls in Kielder Forest.
  • Catcleugh Reservoir - This walk takes you along Catcleugh Reservoir before climbing to Girdle Fell for great views over the Northumberland National Park
  • Otterburn - This circular walk follows the Otterburn Village Trail around this Northumberland village
  • 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
  • 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
  • Elsdon - This attractive village in the Northumberland National Park is a lovely place for a stroll
  • Harbottle - This circular walk from the Northumberland village of Harbottle climbs to Cold Law, Dove Crag and Harbottle Crags
  • Alwinton - This Northumberland based village has some lovely heather moorland, riverside trails, interesting geology, hill climbs and a historic old castle to explore
  • Pennine Way - This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks
  • Border County Ride - This long distance circular route follows the Border County Ride through the Cheviots, Northumberland and along the England - Scotland border.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The waterside trails along Hindhope Linn and Catcleugh Reservoir are located very close to the start point of the walk in Byrness.


Byrness - - 3606974


Houx Hill on the Pennine Way - - 652650

Houx Hill on the Pennine Way. Near the start of the last and longest (44km) stage of the Pennine Way from Byrness to Kirk Yetholm. The Pennine Way established in 1965 is the oldest and best-known of the English National Trails.The northernmost end of the Kielder group of forests can be seen in the distance on the left.

Coquet Head - - 932673

Coquet Head. Seen here within a mile or so of its source in the Cheviot Hills, The River Coquet is one of Northumberland's principal rivers eventually reaching the coast at Amble. This stretch forms the border between England and Scotland.

Chew Green, Roman Fort sign, Upper Coquet - - 888563

Chew Green, Roman Fort sign, Upper Coquet

View west from Camel's Path - - 1090104

View west from Camel's Path. Dramatic sky over the Cheviots with Raven's Knowe in the background

Kemyls Peth, descent into Coquetdale - - 1088620

Kemyls Peth; descent into Coquetdale. Part of the Otterburn Rangesonly open to the public for a limited period each year although this road between Cottonhopesburnfoot in Redesdale and Coquetdale is rarely closed. This section of road is the so-called Camel's Path (no doubt a corruption of Kemyls Peth), an ancient road which coincides approximately with the Roman Dere Street. The Pennine Wayskirts Brownhart LawNT7809on the skyline.

River Coquet, Chew Green - - 932733

River Coquet, Chew Green. A very young River Coquet heads down through Upper Coquetdale, eventually to the coast at Amble, passing under the military road to Redesdale.

Road Bridge over the River Rede - - 3008961

Road Bridge over the River Rede


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