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Hareshaw Linn Waterfall

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Hareshaw Linn Waterfall
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 18 Jun 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberlandstar1 Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberlandstar1 Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberlandstar1 Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberlandstar1 Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberland
Northumberland, Bellingham
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Hareshaw Linn Waterfall
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberland boot Hareshaw Linn Waterfall Walking Guide Northumberland
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A 3 mile ‘there and back’ walk to visit the enchanting waterfall, Hareshaw Linn, in Northumberland. The walk leaves the village of Bellingham and follows the pretty stream, Hareshaw Burn, up along the gorge through beautiful woodland to reach the impressive waterfall.

The walk follows a solid stone and rocky path for the entire length which can just have a little surface mud. The route includes several climbs and descents and there are several flights of steps, a couple of gates and some footbridges to negotiate. The path can be slippery in part and the gorge sides slope steeply away down to the stream so take particular care with children and dogs. Dogs are welcome on the path to the waterfall, as long as they are under close control. The car park has an electric car charging point and rubbish bins but no other facilities. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours (longer if you spend more time admiring the burn and falls).

Bellingham is located on the banks of the River North Tyne, close to Kielder Water in Northumberland. The walk starts and finishes at the Hareshaw Linn Northumberland National Park car park. From the main B6320 through the village, turn onto the side road between the post office and Lloyds Bank, signed for the Heritage Centre and West Woodburn. Cross the bridge and then (with the police station on the right) take the first road on the left. Follow this road ahead and you will come to the free car park on the left. Approximate post code NE48 2DA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Picnic Area
Start to Picnic Area

Start point: 55.1457 lat, -2.2522 long
End point: 55.1501 lat, -2.2478 long

Follow the tarmac lane through to the back of the car park. Join the tarmac lane, a public footpath signed to Hareshaw Linn. The track begins to climb and leads you past a caravan site on the right. Go through the gate ahead and you will see an information board on the left. Take a moment here to look over the fence on the left for your first proper view of the stream, Hareshaw Burn.

Here you will see the remains of Lower Dam. A Scheduled Ancient Monument, this dam was built to supply water power for the iron works that once flourished here. The information board tells you more details about the industrial heritage of the area.

Continue on the main stone track (the right-hand fork) signed with a yellow arrow. The track will lead you to a grass clearing with picnic tables. On the left there are steps that take you down to the stream, should you (or your dog!) wish for an early paddle and a chance to see the first small waterfall of the journey.

Picnic Area to Cupid's Bower
Picnic Area to Cupid's Bower

Start point: 55.1501 lat, -2.2478 long
End point: 55.1572 lat, -2.2513 long

Stay on the surfaced path past the picnic area and it will lead you up a flight of stone steps. The next gate leads you into the section of woodland, a lovely area of native trees including oak, hazel, elm and ash. Follow this stone cobbled path winding through the woodland. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. You will see bluebells in spring and if you are lucky you may see a woodpecker or red squirrel.

The path climbs steadily and then more steeply up another flight of steps. At the top you will find a conveniently placed curved stone bench should you wish to catch your breath. Continue on the path which leads you down over a small wooden footbridge and then over a larger footbridge which crosses Hareshaw Burn.

Stay on the path (with the burn now down to the right) and further along you will come to a curved wooden bench, Cupid’s Bower, which overlooks the next small waterfall.

Cupid's Bower to Hareshaw Linn
Cupid's Bower to Hareshaw Linn

Start point: 55.1572 lat, -2.2513 long
End point: 55.1625 lat, -2.2504 long

Follow the path for some distance further, passing over four wooden footbridges which criss-cross the burn and then over a wooden walkway along the gorge side. You will come to a final curved pretty bridge across the burn. This is the point where the later Victorians (for whom one key fashion was elaborate outdoor dining) built a bandstand for picnics, music and storytelling. Indeed it is the Victorians that you can thank for the creation of the well-made path that you are able to follow today.

The path continues to climb and you will come to a tall rock face ahead. On the right there is a bench and this is a good place to sit and view Hareshaw Linn, the main waterfall, which is over to the left. You can finish your journey at this bench should you wish but, if you are feeling more adventurous, turn left down the steps and go over the ridge ahead and scramble down the rocks (with care as it can be slippery) to reach the waterfall.

Hareshaw Linn to End
Hareshaw Linn to End

Start point: 55.1625 lat, -2.2504 long
End point: 55.1458 lat, -2.252 long

Hareshaw Linn, the 30 feet waterfall, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The depth and dampness create ideal conditions for the 300 species of moss, liverworts and lichens that thrive here. The sounds and smells give a strangely mystical feel. Ozone is created here as the water droplets change shape creating an electrical charge. The smell is similar to clean laundry on the line or the smell of the air after a thunderstorm. Ozone has long been considered to have a positive effect on the mind and body, perhaps one of the reasons so many people are drawn to waterfalls.

When you have finished admiring the waterfall you simply need to retrace your steps back to the car park. Follow the path over the footbridges and out of the forest, back through the picnic area and on to the car park.

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