Riding Mill Walk Six

Track near Riding Hills
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A linear walk to Corbridge via Beauclerc, Riding Hills and Prospect Hill

Length:  3.5 miles /  5.5 km

  1. Leave the Old Playground, crossing Church Lane, down the path and over the Packhorse Bridge keeping the church on your left.
  2. Continue to the main road, crossing by the Wellington Inn, turn right and follow the road uphill out of the village.
  3. At the end of the houses, the road to Slaley is uphill to your left.  Cross and follow this road to the small hamlet of Beauclerc.  Watch out for a track on your right leading to Riding Hills (Footpath 508/010).  Follow the path through a 5-bar gate and straight ahead uphill along the field edge, keeping the fence to your right.
  4. Panoramic views soon open up down the Tyne Valley, contrasting the nearby woods and fields against a backdrop of urban Newcastle.  Keep the field boundary to your right and pass through a gate before Riding Hills, turn left and head through a further gate onto the road (please note: the footpath has recently been diverted and no longer passes through the courtyard of the properties at Riding Hills).
  5. Emerging onto the road, turn left and follow it uphill.  A road to your right is soon reached.  Turn right here and follow this road uphill along a ridge of high land, again with stunning views.
  6. When reaching a crossroads, take the road to the right, signposted to Corbridge.  The road swoops downhill past a long-abandoned quarry and zig-zags towards the A695; in a couple of places you can take a footpath shortcut to hasten your descent (lookout for a stone wall stile on your right).
  7. Once at the A695, take the B-road downhill towards Corbridge Station and the village centre.

The Lane coming down from Prospect Hill
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