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|Falstone Forest and the River North Tyne|
|Author: Claire, Published: 18 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Northumberland, North Tyne Valley|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the small pretty village of Falstone in Northumberland. In the heart of classic Northumberland landscape, the village is the perfect place from which to explore the surrounding hills. The first half of the walk loops through the adjacent hillside forest with the pretty stream, Falstone Burn, running in the base of the gorge. At the top of the hill you will be rewarded with excellent views across the valley before returning into the village for a stretch alongside the River North Tyne. Here you will be able to visit the village Stell, a beautiful stone and steel sculpture created to reflect the welcoming nature of the village. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. Some of the paths can be narrow, rocky, and uneven whilst other parts can be very marshy so good waterproof boots are a must. There are a couple of gates along the way plus one ladder stile over a stone wall. This isn’t too steep and has several rungs so larger agile dogs should be able to climb it. Two of the pastures you cross are likely to be holding cattle and the riverside path is sometimes used to graze sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets alongside the Old School tea room within the village. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Falstone is located just south of Kielder Water in Northumberland, just 8 miles from the border with Scotland. Travel to Bellingham on the B6320 and turn west onto the road marked with brown signs for Kielder Water and Forest. Just before you reach Kielder Water turn right into Falstone. As you reach the pub, The Blackcock Inn, on the right, turn left and follow the village road over the small bridge. Park on this road, Croft Bungalows (with the United Reformed Church on the right), with consideration for the local residents. Approximate post code NE48 1AA.
|Start to Forest Stile|
Start point: 55.1809 lat, -2.4367 long
Standing on the road facing the United Reformed Church, turn right and follow the road back towards the village centre. Cross the small stream, Falstone Burn, and you will pass the Old School on the left (now an information point and tea room). Within the stone wall here you will see an old cast iron drinking fountain, installed as part of the commemorations of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.
|Forest Stile to Forest T junction|
Start point: 55.1827 lat, -2.4315 long
Turn right along the path within the forest, with the stone wall running on the right. Down to the left you will be able to see Falstone Burn running in the bottom of the gorge. This is a pretty section of the stream, running through the dense trees and gushing over rocks and boulders.
|Forest T junction to Hillside Pasture|
Start point: 55.1876 lat, -2.421 long
Turn left and follow the track as it crosses Falstone Burn. Follow the drive as it swings right, left and then right again, climbing all the way. Take time to enjoy the views through the small clearings as you climb. The track continues swinging steadily right then begins to gradually descend. Just a little further along, look out for a waymark post which marks the point at which another path crosses the drive.
|Hillside Pasture to The Stell|
Start point: 55.1851 lat, -2.4343 long
Keep ahead along the tarmac lane up the short slope and at the top you will be rewarded with magnificent views across the entire valley. Directly ahead is the village of Falstone and across to the right are the grass mounds which form the dam for Kielder Water reservoir.
|The Stell to End|
Start point: 55.179 lat, -2.4417 long
A Stell is traditionally a stone sheep shelter and this fascinating sculpture, produced in 2008 by Colin Wilbourn, has been created as the equivalent homely shelter for humans. The stone has been carved into enticing sofa cushions and the steel antimacassar cloths on the sofa backs and arms are decorated with intricate drawings from local people. The rug on the floor depicts the villages that were lost with the creation of Kielder Water.
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14/09/2014 - completed this walk today lovely views and good directions apart from the way marker along the wide stone vehicle track (between 2 & 3) had been knocked over and half buried and the subtle grass path was non-existent! We carried on along the track to the T junction, turned L onto another cement track then just as the track bore right took a smaller but still clear pathway to the left, this meets up with the original walk at the wide metal gate (3). Hope this helps!
|By Janette on 14 Sep 2014|
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