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St Oswald’s Way – Stage 4 – Warkworth to Rothbury.

This is the third stage of the 97-mile St Oswald’s Way.  We now head inland from the coast to the Simonside Hills, a varied 13.5-mile days walk.

Unveil the well-kept secrets of Northumberland in our latest blog post, “Hidden Gems of Northumberland: Walking Stage 4 of St Oswald’s Way Warkworth to Rothbury Hike.” Lace up your hiking boots as we delve into the captivating Stage 4 of this remarkable trail, taking you from the charming village of Warkworth to the picturesque town of Rothbury. Join us on an immersive journey through lush woodlands, tranquil riversides, and historic landmarks that often escape the tourist radar. This stage is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural significance, providing an authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience of Northumberland’s stunning landscapes.

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Turn by Turn Directions

Stage 4 of the walk starts at Warkworth, where we concluded Stage 3 of the walk.  It is worth spending some time at Warkworth to explore the medieval bridge and gate, as well as having a walk along the River Coquet and Warkworth Castle which dates back to the 1200s. (Video complication from 3:50)

We leave Warkworth, passing the cricket club with the castle as its backdrop.  We are soon on a path through the open fields, with views of the Northumberland Coastline (Video 6:00).  Our path now heads west as we leave the coastline.  This is a very tranquil section of the route where there are many birds along the trail (Video 6:35).  As we pass under the main east coast rail line (Video 8:10).  As we continue on our way we pick up the River Coquet again (Video 10:20) as we have a very pleasant walk along the river banks as we reach Felton (Video 11:20), where we walk over the old bridge, dating back to the 15th Century and the route of the original Great North Road from London to Edinburgh.


As we leave Felton, we pass the war memorial (Video 12:10) and St Michael and All Angels Church (Video 12:30), which dates back to the 12th and 14th Centuries.  We now following a very picturesque wooded area along the bank of the Coquet (Video 16:00).  Our next point of interest is Weldon Bridge (Video 17:40).  This is a good place to stop for some lunch.  We cross the bridge (Video 17:50).  The next stage is very picturesque (Video 18:40).  As we continue west passing Brinkheugh on our way to Brinkburn Priory, which is on the north side of the Coquet.  You can take a small detour and get a nice view of the Priory (Video 20:30).

Although the route is relatively flat, we do have a bit of elevation from this point onwards, where you have some good views up the Coquet Valley.  We meet up with the River Coquet again at Pauperhaugh Bridge (Video 21:50), dating back to the 19th Century.  Continuing to follow the route of the Coquet, we pass West Raw farm and have some great views up the Coquet Valley as we approach the ruined Craghead structure (Video 25:00).  Our route now takes along the dismantled Northumberland Central Railway (Video 26:10), as single-gauge line built in the 19th Century between Rothbury and Scots Gap, it stopped running in 1963.

As we leave the dismantled railway (Video 27:10) we take the path and head towards Rothbury, and the conclusion of this stage of St Oswald’s Way.

The next stage takes us from Rothbury up into the Simonside Hills as we start to head south towards Kirkwhelpington.

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Mapping and Directions:

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St Oswald’s Way – Stage 4 – Warkworth to Rothbury.

This is the third stage of the 97-mile St Oswald’s Way. We now head inland from the coast to the Simonside Hills, a varied 13.5-mile days walk.


13.5 miles

OS Explorer 332-440


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