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Haltwhistle, Bellister Castle and River South Tyne Walk.
This walk from Haltwhistle town centre crosses the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway and the River South Tyne. There are great views along the river from the bridges and we also made detours to Bellister Castle ruins (private) and the Holy Cross Church in the town centre.
Distance - About 3 miles.
Parking - We parked in a town centre car park beside a supermarket.
Toilets - In Haltwhistle Town Centre near the war memorial.
1) We started this walk from the car park behind the east end of Haltwhistle High Street.
From the car park we walked along a lane and turned right when we reached the High Street.
2) We walked past the Market Place and continued along the High Street past the gardens and war memorial. Haltwhistle is quite a busy little town with lots of people doing their shopping.
3) At the west end of the High Street we turned left towards the railway station. We then turned right at the Station Pub along the main road out of town towards Carlisle.
4) The road crosses the main Newcastle to Carlisle Railway, where we stopped to take some more photos for our websites.
5) Continuing along this road we turned left towards Bellister Bridge, now closed to motor vehicles.
6) We crossed this old bridge, which affords good views along the River South Tyne in both directions.
7) On the south side of the bridge we turned right, along a road which passes beneath the main A69, Haltwhistle bypass. The road had been flooded and was muddy when we used it.
8) After crossing below the A69 we found an access to the riverbank where we stopped for more photos.
9) Continuing on we turned right again towards Bellister Castle. The castle is privately owned so there is no access and only a small ruin of the original structure remains.
10) From here we turned back along the road we had just come along and followed the road along the south bank of the river.
11) After awhile we came across a junction on our left which used to be the road to Haltwhistle Station.
It has been closed to traffic for quite a few years, but we made a detour onto it, as it provides a superb view along the river to the old railway viaduct, which we were soon to walk across.
12) Turning back again from this bridge we continued along the road with the river on our left and the viaduct straight ahead.
13) Upon reaching the A69 road we followed a footpath on our left which led straight up to the top of the viaduct.
14) The viaduct was restored as a footpath and a plaque on the north side marks it's opening. Views in both directions along the River South Tyne are spectacular and we spent some time here admiring them and taking many photos.
15) At the north end of the viaduct the path enters some woods and along the way are information boards and some sculptures.
16) The path emerges at the north end of the bridge we visited earlier and here we turned right. Instead of following the road tunnel under the railway we turned left up a path past the signal box and crossed the railway over the footbridge to the eastbound platform.
17) From here we left the station and walked back up to the High Street, passing The Railway Pub on the way.
18) We walked back along the High Street and just before the Market Place turned right along a narrow street. On the left is the Holy Cross Church and a path on the left leads into the churchyard.
19) We walked through the churchyard and just past the church building turned right and followed the path which led out and back up to the Market Place and high Street. From here we returned along the small lane to the car park.