A varied 'there and back again' walk that follows part of St Oswalds way. It can be as long as you want it to be, along a variety of paths and roads.
You park beside the Angler's Arms pub and walk down river, potentially as far as Felton, or even Lindisfarne if you have a few days to spare. The nearer part of the walk does not follow the river, but goes through woods, farmyards and tracks.
How to get there
Postcode for Satnav - NE65 8AX
Coming from the South, turn off the A1 just north of Morpeth and follow the A697 road for Wooler and Coldstream. About 2 miles past Longhorsley you go down a long steep hill. Turn off left at the bottom of this hill and park beside the Angler's Arms, an 18th century coaching inn. There is a small layby opposite the pub, and it is also possible to park on the road beside the pub.
Coming from the North, turn right off the A1 just south of Felton on the West Moor road, turn right at High Moor farm, then follow this road along to the A697. Turn right, and you are half way down the steep hill mentioned above.
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On the North side of the old bridge, you will see a footpath signpost pointing into a field. The path is signposted as St Oswalds Way, and is signposted right along its length so I won't give a detailed guide here. However some points to note are:
You go under the new bridge and along a short path and come to a single track road. This road is narrow and has deep ditches on both sides, so be careful if you meet a car on it.
This track road leads to a farm and it is not too obvious where the path goes. Turn up the hill to the left towards the black barn and then on your right you will see the path signposted leading off into the trees.
A few hundred yards further on the path leads past some cottages. You will see some stepping stones going over a lawn. The path follows these stones, it feels 'wrong', but it is clearly marked.
This is the 'other end' of the Felton Park walk. You can keep walking until you get to Felton, or turn back when you have walked far enough and enjoy a nice pint at the Angler's Arms.