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St Oswald’s Way – Stage 6 – Kirkwhelpington to Heavenfields.

This is the final stage of the 97-mile St Oswald’s Way.  We now head from Kirkwhelpington to Heavenfields, a varied 17.4-mile day walk.

Join us on a captivating adventure as we unveil the hidden treasures of St Oswald’s Way Stage 6. This comprehensive guide explores the breathtaking journey from Kirkwhelpington to Heavenfields, offering insights, tips, and stunning videos that will inspire your next hiking expedition. Discover the rich history, picturesque landscapes, and must-see attractions along this incredible trail, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable pilgrimage through Northumberland’s beauty.

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Turn by Turn Directions

Stage 6 of the walk starts from Kirkwhelpington, where we concluded Stage 5 of the walk.  Kirkwhelpington is a picturesque little village, where we pass the Church of St Bartholomew (Video 4:25), before heading over the upper reaches of the River Wansbeck (Video 4:35) and leaving Kirkwhelpington behind us.

Our route takes up into the fields and the fells, where we start to get some great views across the Northumberland countryside (Video 6:00).  Our route takes us over the open countryside, passing crags on our way before we reach Great Bavington, which dates back to the 14th Century (Video 6:20).  Our route continues across the fields and the fells on our way to Little Bavington, which is a small hamlet and the destination of Bavington Hall (Video 9:30).


The route now takes us on single-track roads until we reach Hallington (Video 10:45), again a small hamlet and the location of Hallington Hall.  Continuing, we pass the Hallington Memorial, before ascending slightly with some great views (Video 12:25) looking back over our route.

As we continue over the fells and fields we can appreciate the magnificent scenery of Northumberland (Video 14:00) before reaching Great Whittington (15:00).  As we leave the village we pass the remains of Whittington Mill (Video 15:55), the windmill dates back to the 18th century.

The route now leads to the course of the Hadrian’s Wall, and all its history (Video 18:10).  After around 6 miles we conclude St Oswald’s Way at Heavenfields and 18th century Church of St Oswald’s (Video 20:20).

This concludes St Oswald’s Way; please click on any of the links below to explore each stage of what has been a great walk and adventure.


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Mapping and Directions:

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Jacket Montane Gravity Gore-Tex Jacket

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TrousersMontane BMC Terra Pants

Waterproof TrousersMountain Hardwear Epic Pant

Socks1000 mile wool fusion double layer

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Backpack Hi Gear Active22

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St Oswald’s Way – Stage 6 – Kirkwhelpington to Heavenfields

Join us on a captivating adventure as we unveil the hidden treasures of St Oswald's Way Stage 6.


17.4 miles

OS Explorer OL42-43


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