St Oswald's Way
Warkworth to Rothbury - 18 miles / 29 km
Route Map
The base map used on this website image have been produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map service. Images reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Warkworth Castle Starting from the Market Cross the route climbs up the Main Street towards the Castle. At the top where the road bends to the left walk straight ahead and along the western side of the Castle. At the south end of this impressive ruin you can gain entry to the castle, but if not stopping simply continue in a southerly direction passing the cricket club pavilion.

Looking back across farmland to Warkworth From the end of the cricket ground cross the road and walk through the housing area before picking up a farm road that heads almost due south. Very quickly you are in what is very good arable land where oil seed rape, potatoes and many grains are sown and successfully grown. Pass by the farm and then walk along this road then track until it comes to a right angle bend with a water tower clearly visible on the right. Some of the most interesting views are looking back towards the Castle and out to the North Sea at the mouth of the River Coquet.

Track passing under railway The trail now heads in a westerly direction and on ever increasingly narrower and grassier tracks or paths. The route passes under the East Coast Mainline Railway, this, the third and last crossing, is different from the other two as it is through a bridge and not over the line.
After some walking around the edge of fields the route reaches High Park at which point it descends onto the southern bank of the River Coquet for a pleasant walk into the attractive village of Felton.

Felton from the old bridge At Felton the Way crosses to the northern bank of the Coquet making use of the old stone bridge, the road crossing on a parallel modern span to the east. Take some time to enjoy Felton, there are resting points by the river, interesting shops and inn and on the way out of the centre the route passes by a charming church, St Michael & All Angels.

Hallington Reservoir (East) From the church the route passes across Felton Park, a wonderful open grass meadow before entering a tree lined section high above the River Coquet. Looking ahead and through the trees the river can be seen below and the modern bridge that carries the A1 road between Berwick upon Tweed and Newcastle.
This third crossing of the A1 is like the recent rail crossing the last and safest crossing as it is under the carriageway and not on the road as was the case in Fenwick and Belford.
The walk remains on the side of the river through a wooded section. This is very attractive in the spring with masses for bluebells. At the end of the wooded section the way crosses a small burn by way of the wooded pedestrian bridge.

Hallington Very soon the walk comes alongside the riverbank, the Coquet at this point being full of wildlife in the form of ducks and herons. At Elyhaugh the track come briefly away from the river and the farmland is now more undulating and tends to support mainly sheep and cattle farming.

View from Todridge Fell From Catheugh the way is towards High Weldon and then Low Weldon. Clearly this is an area where visitors like to stay with some very attractive stone cottages and barn conversions. The trail now exits the track and is briefly on public roads as it passes under the A697 at Weldon Bridge, not the original bridge that the walkers will shortly use but the modern road bridge at a much higher level above the river.

Anglers' Arms - Weldon Bridge Weldon Bridge is now a very quiet hamlet but it does have an Inn where refreshments and accommodation are on offer. Several walkers choose to break the walk at this point leaving the final 6½ miles till the following day.

River Coquet at Weldon Bridge From Weldon Bridge the St Oswald's Way now crosses the Coquet to the southern bank and remain on that bank until it arrives at Rothbury. Once on the south bank look across the river to Weldon and you will see the attractive refurbished and modernised mill on the opposite bank The trail now crosses several fields, climbs up and over several small hills, and passes the curve in the river with Brinkburn Priory below by heavily screened by the tree lined banking.

Pauperhaugh Bridge and Weir Only small farm building as passed on the way to the next small set of houses at Pauperhaugh. The trail does not cross the bridge but comes down to the southern end of the bridge before heading west across another field as it makes it way to West Raw, Craghead and then Wagtail Farm. Shortly after Craghead the trail follows the line of the old railway before the final road walk into Rothbury.

Rothbury The trail does not directly enter the centre of Rothbury but ends this 18 mile section at the main vehicle bridge over the Coquet. At this point walkers will break from the walk and the majority will cross the river and walk the 50 metres to get into the attractive centre of this Northumberland Town.

This have been a section of the walk that is very different in terms of terrain from the 3 prior sections, leaving the coastal walking behind and heading gradually towards the more remote and wild parts of Northumberland.

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Holy Island - Bamburgh 19 miles / 30½ km
Bamburgh - Craster 14 miles / 22 km
Craster - Warkworth 13½ miles / 21½ km
Warkworth - Rothbury 18 miles / 29 km
Rothbury - Kirkwhelpington 15 miles / 24 km
Kirkwhelpington - Heavenfield 17½ miles / 28 km