Rushing water and dramatic gorges - the Haltwhistle Burn can be a tranquil stream
or a raging torrent. Pictured below, it washes the cliff of faces, the towering sandstone
cliffs of Herding Hill Crags. The rocks of the Burn tell the story of the Northumberland
of 300 million years ago
Explore The Burn
Take a gentle amble from the Market Town of Haltwhistle along the well signed route
beside the Haltwhistle Burn. Enigmatic ruins, abundant wildlife and the tranquility
of the flowing water: a short stroll or the start of a day’s walk through Hadrian’s
Secret places and make-believe lands - let your child’s imagination run wild.
From rocks and soils and habitats to the Victorian’s and the way we used to live,
Haltwhistle Burn is a brilliant way to give your class a real experience to enhance
their learning. Visit the schools web pages for curriculum ideas and resources.
The Burn is for Everyone
Recently re surfaced and with new bridges and wickets, the footpath beside Haltwhistle
Burn is accessible by wheelchairs and buggies for most of its length. The very gentle
gradient is hardly noticeable so it makes the route ideal to push or toddle along.
Winding its way down from the Roman Wall to the old stone houses of Town Foot, the
wooded valley of the Haltwhistle Burn has a secret to unfold.
Starting from the peaty soil of the wild moor land high above the town, the water
of the burn runs through the military zone of the Roman Wall, across high meadows,
through a dramatic sandstone gorge and down, between lushly wooded banks, to join
the waters of the River Tyne. A newly re-laid footpath beside the Burn gives access for
all to this delightful walk through beautiful rural scenery.
But it was not always a place of tranquility.
Woollen mills, coal pits, quarries, lime kilns and brickworks lined the banks of
the Burn, plundering the rocks and powering their machinery with its waters. From
the first corn mill built by the Romans until the closure of the last fireclay works and
narrow gauge line in the thirties, this small stream was the industrial powerhouse
of Haltwhistle bringing employment and prosperity to the people of the town.
Walk the Burn and enjoy the diversity of wildlife and peace of the countryside.
Walk the Burn and discover the secrets of its industrial past.
Fresh and green in spring and summer or bathed in the golden light of autumn or winter
the Burn brings solace to the soul.
Shy and elusive, the red squirrels of Haltwhistle Burn will be seen only by the
quietest visitors. Deer browse in the hazel woods and otters are occasional visitors
to the river banks. Walk quietly and you will surprise the Heron fishing or spot
the amazing dipper as it walks under water to feed on the stream bed.
A four year project run by Haltwhistle Partnership.
Phase 1: The improvement of a mile and a half of footpath beside the Haltwhistle
Burn, reinforcement of the bank-side , the replacement of three bridges and the
installation of five kissing wickets, four of which are fully accessible.
Phase 2: Research into the history of the Burn industries, collation of information
about the wildlife and geology of the Burn area and publication a range of books
and leaflets designed for a range of audiences. Guides walks, talks, workshops and
field trips tailored to different age-groups and interests are available as part
of the project,
Find out about educational visits for schools here.