Haltwhistle Burn to Cawfields

Haltwhistle Burn to Cawfields


Haltwhistle is on the edge of Northumberland National Park.


  • From the ‘Centre of Britain’ sign walk through the archway opposite and into the supermarket car park.
  • Turn right out of car park entrance uphill for 200 yards to Fairfield housing estate.
  • Take immediate left after Fairfield marked to Haltwhistle Burn (sign fixed to wall).
  • Go through metal kissing gate, passing playing field to reach a second gate.
  • Descend steps to footbridge and follow burn-side path to old brickworks. 
  • Continue until you reach the military road, turning right (take care when crossing road), then soon after follow the path signed for Cawfields.
  • From Cawfields Quarry car park follow Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail east for 1 mile.
  • At Caw Gap turn right along the road and take the second footpath, signed for Milecastle Inn 1/2 mile.
  • Re-trace your steps to Haltwhistle Burn and then return to Haltwhistle.


  • Haltwhistle (‘Centre of Britain’)
  • Whin Sill
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Industrial archaeology – lime kilns, brickworks
  • “Lovers’ Walk” river valley (Haltwhistle Ring Walk No. 3)

Nearby attractions

  • Chesters Roman Fort (English Heritage)
  • Hexham market town
  • Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage/National Trust)
  • The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
  • Pennine Way National Trail
  • Roman Army Museum (Carvoran)
  • Roman Vindolanda
  • Walltown Crags
  • Willowford Roman bridge
Route image: 
Route type: 
6 miles
Estimated walk time: 
4 to 5 hours plus browsing time
Stenuous (with some steep slopes)
Suggested start/finish: 
Centre of Britain sign (Grid Ref: NY 707 641)
Tourist information: 
Haltwhistle Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01434 322002
Public transport: 
AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (Easter to October), 185 and 685 buses; Hadrian’s Wall Country Railway Line
Ordnance Survey Map: 
Explorer (OL) 43 Hadrian’s Wall
Places to eat and drink: 
Milecastle Inn; Herding Hill Farm Shop and cafe plus cafés, hotels and pubs in Haltwhistle
Other walks in this area: 
A series of 20+ walks known as the Haltwhistle Rings (details from Haltwhistle Tourist Information Centre or visit www.haltwhistle.org)
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