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Opening hours

Access to Thrunton Wood can be made 24 hours a day.

How to find us

How to find us
Rothbury , Northumberland
Sat Nav Postcode: NE66 4SD
By Car

Thrunton is signposted from the A697, Newcastle to Coldstream road.

By Public Transport

There is no bus service to Thrunton Wood. However, a service runs every two hours from Alnwick to Wooler (number 473, IDM Travel) that stops in Whittingham, approximately 1.5 miles (2km) north of the wood. Access to the wood is on foot via ‘Whittingham Lane’.

OS Grid Ref
NU085097

55.3809057, -1.8527049

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Thrunton Wood.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Thrunton Wood provides wild views from the top of lofty crags in this inspiring corner of Northumberland

Thrunton Wood is planted on and around two steep escarpments of sandstone – Thrunton Crag in the north, and Long Crag /Coe Crag to the south. These lofty crags provide spectacular viewpoints from which to admire the Northumbrian scenery.

Two exhilarating walks allow you to explore the miles of trails as they wind through the maturing forest and across open moorland.

Mountain biking and horse riding are welcome in this wood.

At a glance

Mountain biking and horse riding are welcome
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Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Thrunton Wood. Just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Explore Thrunton Wood on two waymarked trails, both starting from the main car park. The Crag Top Walk (1 mile) is the shortest route, while the Castle Hill Walk (5 miles) is a more demanding route with a long ascent. Both routes will reward you with great views of the Cheviots from Thrunton Crags. 

Nearby forests

Forests of Rothbury, Simonside Crag

From the distinctive table-top profile of Simonside in the south, to Wooler Common adjacent to Wooler town in the north of the area, the Forests of Rothbury are not short of stunning views in some of the most iconic Northumberland landscapes.

Broadleaf autumn canopy

Formerly part of the Swarland Old Hall estate, Swarland Wood is popular with local residents for its open footpaths and forest roads.

Swarland provides the perfect setting for a peaceful walk or woodland horse ride with great access to the woodland to the south and east of Swarland Golf Course.

 

conifer woodland

Harwood is a large conifer forest located to the south of Simonside Hills in Rothubury. Lying within the Northumberland National Park, it provides visitors with access to a network of public footpaths, ranging from popular open paths to quiet trails through the forest. 

Harwood is also one of the red squirrel reserves in the north of England, so keep your eyes peeled for this rare species!

Forests of Rothbury, Simonside

The Simonside Hills lie within Northumberland National Park on the northern-most edge of Harwood forest and have beckoned walkers for years because of their wild and rugged beauty. The range dominates the skyline forming a dramatic southern backdrop to the middle reaches of the River Coquet.

The climb up the hills to the top (430m) is rewarded with the whole panorama of the Cheviots to the north and from the top of Simonside itself, the whole Northumbrian coastline is revealed.

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