Hexham

Explore our historic local town and its surrounding countryside.

Technical sheet
No. 18140614
A Hexham walk posted on 31/12/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 04/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 9.86km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 258m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 250m
Highest point Highest point : 218m
Lowest point Lowest point : 40m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hexham
Starting point Starting point : N 54.971478° / W 2.097975°
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Description

(D/A) Leave the car park at Hexham Leisure Centre at the southern end, via steps to the town centre between Wentworth Café and the public toilets onto Hallgate.
Bear right at Hexham Old Gaol.

Continue through the narrow arch at Moat Hall and cross the market square towards the Abbey. Bear right around Hexham Abbey, following the path under the stone arch, and continue along the road with a bowling green on the right-hand side.

(1) Bear right at Sele Play Area. Follow the path into woodland and downhill; bear left at the stream, walking uphill on a path with a picket fence on the right. At the end of path/wood proceed down stone steps onto Seal Terrace.
Turn left at the end of Seal Terrace on reaching Temperley Place. Walk 100m downhill on Temperley Place, then cross the road to follow St Cuthbert’s Lane uphill, passing a postbox.

(2) Continue uphill passing St Luke’s shops on the right on St John’s Road. As St John’s Road bears right, go straight ahead towards Wydon Grange.
Walk up Wydon Grange to the public footpath and interpretation board for Wydon Water.

At Wydon Water, follow the tarmac path to the right around the pool and over a footbridge. Take the right fork 100m beyond the waterfall, and follow the path through a hairpin. At the gate, turn left uphill at the Wydon Burn sign.

(3) Turn right after 50m and follow a stony path uphill past Willowbrook House. The path joins a tarmac lane and as it reaches the end of the houses, go through a kissing gate into a field on the right-hand side signposted ‘Causey Hill’.

(4) Keep to the bottom of the field and go through a second kissing gate in the field corner into the wood. Follow the path to the left over a fallen tree and up a bank (muddy after rain). Cross the stile at the end of wood and continue to follow a muddy path above the burn.
Cross over a stile in the wall and turn left uphill on the lane passing Benson's Hill Farm (left) and the entrance to Causey Hill Holiday Park (right).

(5) At the top of the lane, go straight ahead over steps following the public footpath sign for West Dipton Burn. Cross through three fields using gate and stile beside overhead wires. At the end of the third field cross a stile between oak and ash trees onto a lane and follow the lane towards the farm buildings.

(6) Follow the path to the right side of West Peterel Field Farm to a metal gate/stile. Follow the path along the field edge for two fields, then cross between trees and deer fence into a wood and through a metal gate.
Continue along the path downhill to the valley floor, then turn left through a gate into a meadow.

At the end of the meadow, follow a path through a gap in the double fence and above the burn through the wood for 1km.

(7) At the end of the wood, turn right and walk 50m over the bridge to the Dipton Mill Inn. On leaving the Dipton Mill Inn, head down to the stream, cross the bridge and turn right immediately after Dipton Mill Cottage. After 200m, take a path to the right at a field gate and follow along the stream to a footbridge.

(8) As you approach the footbridge, bear left through a gate towards Hole House; follow the path around the right side of the house and over a footbridge into a wood. Walk up through the wood to a stile; cross and continue through two fields, crossing stiles.

In the north-east corner of the third field beside a derelict brick building, go through the gate to the other side of the hedge and walk towards a memorial bench. Pass through a gate beside the Rambler's Association Memorial Bench and continue to a stile.

(9) Cross the lane and over a stile following the path signed ‘Hexham’ through two fields and down a steep hill to a gate/stile to the left of a white cottage at the bottom of the hill.
Cross the stile and turn right down Dipton Mill Road; continue to a T-junction beyond Greenbank Cottage then bear left.

(10) At a T-junction, cross the main road (B6306) into a pedestrianised shopping area in the town centre and follow it through to the market square. To return to the car park, bear right to Moot Hall and pass through the arch towards Hexham Old Gaol. Walk around the Gaol and downhill to the stone steps at the bottom of Hallgate. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 40m - Hexham Leisure Centre
1 : km 0.6 - alt. 56m - Seal Terrace
2 : km 1.25 - alt. 70m - Wydon Water
3 : km 2.26 - alt. 121m - Willowbrook House
4 : km 2.6 - alt. 153m - Causey Hill Holiday Park
5 : km 3.37 - alt. 211m - Oak and ash trees
6 : km 4.16 - alt. 196m - West Peterel Field Farm - Wood
7 : km 5.69 - alt. 123m - Dipton Mill Inn
8 : km 6.51 - alt. 112m - Footbridge - Rambler's Association Memorial Bench
9 : km 7.79 - alt. 204m - Steep hill
10 : km 8.97 - alt. 84m - Arch
D/A : km 9.86 - alt. 40m - Hexham Leisure Centre

Useful Information

An interesting mix of town, woodland and open country, with some muddy paths and steep sections after wet weather. The route as described starts from the car park at Hexham Leisure Centre.

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The Dipton Mill Inn
Dipton Mill Road,
Hexham NE46 1YA
Tel 01434 606 577
Email inn@diptonmill.co.uk
Web www.diptonmill.co.uk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Home of the Hexhamshire Brewery, the Dipton Mill is a cosy, welcoming country pub with real fires, real ales and a real warm welcome. What could better than sipping a pint of ale in our wood-panelled, low- ceilinged, cosy inn or enjoying the sunshine in our sunken garden area complete with mill stream?
Please observe the countryside code and park with care.

Hexham Old Gaol is the oldest purpose-built prison in England, and now houses a museum.

There has been a church on the site of Hexham Abbey since the 7th century – a cathedra, or throne, survives from the original church. Other treasures include a Saxon crypt, and the gravestone of Flavinus, a Roman standard-bearer, showing the cavalry officer riding over the prone and naked figure of a local barbarian.

Cascade on the West Dipton Burn.

Letah Wood is a Woodland Trust property. 34 acres in extent, it is thought to be the last wild daffodil wood in Northumberland.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 3.5/5


Walker
on Mon 02 May 2022 18:25:30 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 02/05/22
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

An interesting and varied walk, through town, fields, woods and general countryside.


Walker
on Mon 14 Mar 2022 11:37:28 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 14/03/22
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Average

Good route plan. Options en route to diversify...shorter or longer

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