Hexham to Haydon Bridge – 9 November 2019

There are some destinations that we visit less than others but the last time we were in Haydon Bridge was 1999. Now that has to be some sort of record for a gap between visits. The date in 1999 was 11 December so not quite 19 years but not far off. This was so long ago there are no records of the routes we took on that December day so on this occasion these are all new routes with two of the walks for some distance going all along the Tyne.

Haydon Bridge is in a unique location where the River South Tyne separates the north and south of the village with a railway line also running through the village further to the north. It also used to have the main A69 road dividing it but that changed in 2009 when a bypass was completed that now takes the A69 to the south and west of the village. There has been a bridge in the village for a very long time with the original bridge being rebuilt several times over the years. This bridge is now open only to pedestrian traffic with the road traffic coming in from the west and east on the old A69 route.

Two of the routes start their walks in Hexham and both walk out along the south side of the river passing the Meeting of the Waters which is where the River South Tyne and the River North Tyne meet to become the River Tyne. Just to the west is Bridge End presumably taking its name because it is the last bridge on the River South Tyne. Both routes cross here with the 11-mile route heading north to Warden Hill on which stands an iron age fort. This route then goes north and west and skirts the village of Newbrough before heading south to Haydon Bridge.

Just to the west of Newbrough is a Norman church which used to form part of the original village of Haydon before it re-established itself closer to the river. The old Norman church is constructed of stones taken from the nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

After crossing the river at Bridge End the second walk of 10-miles stays on the north side of the River South Tyne and passes the village of Fourstones before going through Crow Wood and joining the route of the 11-mile walk close to the Norman church.

We have a shorter walk of 8-miles which is doing a circular route out of Haydon Bridge. This route starts on the approach road leading into Haydon Bridge and climbs south away from the river to reach the high ground and the road that runs further south to Catton and Allendale Town. After visiting Stublick Chimney the route descends towards Langley Castle and comes back into Haydon Bridge from the west. The Stublick Chimney connects to a mile-long flue that runs down to the smelt mills at Langley. Not much remains there now but the smelt mill produced a good quantity of lead when in operation between 1868 and 1893. On the return to Haydon Bridge, this route also runs along the Tyne for a short distance.

One of the benefits of visiting Haydon Bridge is that it is a short distance to travel and that means we will finish the walks by early afternoon and be heading back home before it gets dark. So if you fancy a good walk close to home with some section along the Tyne you can get in touch with us from our Contact Page and you can download the walk descriptions here and the GPS routes here.

Not having any images for these routes the image for this post is just a random one taken on a walk during Autumn 2013 between Moorbattle and Kirk Yetholm.

Haydon Bridge Weather

Walk No. 23 Hexham to Haydon Bridge 9 November 2019
Area: Northumberland Map: OL 43

8 miles Moderate
Start: Approach road to Haydon Bridge
Gee’s Wood – Elrington Wood – Threepwood Burn – Dinnetley Wood – Bridleway to Grid Ref NY845627 – Footpath South East to Branchend – Minor road to Stublick Chimney – Footpath to Humbleton – A686 Road – Castle Farm – West Land Ends – East Land Ends – Haydon Bridge

10 miles Moderate
Start: Hexham
Hexham Bridge – Tynedale Golf Club – River Tyne Trail – Bridge End – River Tyne Trail – Crow Wood – Minor Road to Lanefoot – Bridleway to Allerwash Fell Cottage – Fell House – West Haydon Farm – Page Croft – The Tofts – Footpath South East to Haydon Bridge

11 miles Moderate
Start: Hexham
Hexham Bridge – Tynedale Golf Club – River Tyne Trail – Bridge End – Footpath and Bridleway to Private-walk Wood – Warden Hill – Whinny Hill – Minor Road and Footpath to Prudhamstone House – Thornton Tower – Minor Road to Lanefoot – Bridleway to Allerwash Fell Cottage – Fell House – West Haydon Farm – Page Croft – The Tofts – Footpath South East to Haydon Bridge

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