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Roseden - Roddam - Ilderton Circular Walk.
This circular walk follows roads and tracks through the village of Ilderton and surrounding countryside.
There are a few possible starting points but parking is best found between Roseden and Roddam Hall.
Views of the Cheviot Hills and Berwick Moor are superb so the walk is best done on a fine clear day.
Total Distance is about 4 miles.
Toilets - none along the route, nearest are near Middleton Hall and Wooler, or Powburn Filling Station if travelling from the South.
We started the walk near Roddam Hall and walked in a clockwise direction - you could go the other way if you wished.
This part of the walk is on a quiet country road past Roddam Hall until you reach a T Junction.
At the junction is a very unusual entrance built to resemble a castle. In the entrance is a postbox.
Turn right here (signed Calder) and follow this long straight section of tree lined road. Signs warn motorists of red squirrels crossing the road but we saw none - no doubt they saw us first!
After a while you will reach a junction where the tarmac road turns left and a track turns off to the right. Follow the track to the right which leads down to Roddam Burn.
A ford crosses the burn and a footbridge also crosses next to it.
It is very sheltered here - a pleasant and quiet spot.
Cross the burn and follow the track into open countryside uphill towards Ilderton Moor.
The track passes a group of houses on the left and then becomes a tarmac road again.
Ahead Ilderton Village can be seen, as well as views to the hills on your left.
Follow the road down to the village, where it turns right into the village with the green on your right.
Walk past a row of houses where you will reach a crossroads.
Turn right at the crossroads towards the Village Hall and church.
The Church of St. Michael is well worth a detour and was open when we visited. The interior - like most country churches is very well kept.
See the Churches Section of our Northumberland Cam site for more pictures.
From the church follow the road uphill, ignoring a turn to the left.
The road becomes a gorse-lined gravel track which rises quite steeply to Roseden Edge.
On your right are great views to the Cheviot Hills and behind you to the north towards Wooler.
When you reach the top of the track at Roseden Edge, pass through a gate and turn to your left.
Ahead are now great views across the valley to Berwick Moor.
The track which is now just a path goes downhill towards a gate, after which it becomes a track again.
After a short while you will reach Roseden where there is a Farm Shop selling local produce.
Walk past the farm and turn right to follow the road towards Roddam.
The road crosses Roddam Burn again after which you will soon reach the starting point, depending upon where you parked.