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Roseden - Roddam - Ilderton Circular Walk.

Introduction

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.

Junction of Road to Calder.
Junction of Road to Calder.

Cheviot Hills.
Cheviot Hills.

Walk

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.

Road near Roddam Hall.

Views along the road near Roddam Hall.

 

At the junction is a very unusual entrance built to resemble a castle. In the entrance is a postbox.

Junction of Road to Calder. Junction of Road to Calder.
Junction of Road to Calder. Junction of Road to Calder.

Junction of the road towards Calder.

 

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!

Junction of Road to Calder. Road to Calder.
Road to Calder. Red Squirrel warning sign.
The road towards Calder - watch out for Squirrels!

 

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.

Junction of track to Roddam Burn. Junction of track to Roddam Burn.

Junction of track to Roddam Burn.

 

Track to Roddam Burn. Field gate on the track to Roddam Burn.

Track to Roddam Burn.

 

Track to Roddam Burn. Ford and footbridge at Roddam Burn.

Track to the ford and footbridge at 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.

Footbridge at Roddam Burn. Ford at Roddam Burn.

Ford and footbridge at Roddam Burn.

 

Footpath from Roddam Burn. Footpath from Roddam Burn.

Footpath on the north side of Roddam Burn.

 

Cross the burn and follow the track into open countryside uphill towards Ilderton Moor.

Track to Ilderton Moor. Track to Ilderton Moor.
Track to Ilderton Moor. Track to Ilderton Moor.
Track to Ilderton Moor. Track to Ilderton Moor.

Along the track to Ilderton Moor.

 

The track passes a group of houses on the left and then becomes a tarmac road again.

Ilderton Moor. Ilderton Moor.

Ilderton Moor.

 

Ahead Ilderton Village can be seen, as well as views to the hills on your left.

Road to Ilderton Village. Road to Ilderton Village.

Road to Ilderton Village.

 

Follow the road down to the village, where it turns right into the village with the green on your right.

Road to Ilderton Village. Road to Ilderton Village.

Approaching Ilderton Village.

 

Walk past a row of houses where you will reach a crossroads.

Ilderton Village. Ilderton Village.

Ilderton Village.

 

Turn right at the crossroads towards the Village Hall and church.

Ilderton Village Hall.
Ilderton Village Hall.

Church of St. Michael.
Church of St. Michael.

 

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.

Church of St. Michael.

 

From the church follow the road uphill, ignoring a turn to the left.

View back to Ilderton. View back to Ilderton.
View back to Ilderton. View back to Ilderton.

Some views back to Ilderton.

 

The road becomes a gorse-lined gravel track which rises quite steeply to Roseden Edge.

View to the Cheviot Hills. View to the Cheviot Hills.

View to the Cheviot Hills.

 

View from Roseden Edge. View from Roseden Edge.

Views to the north from Roseden Edge.

 

On your right are great views to the Cheviot Hills and behind you to the north towards Wooler.

View to the Cheviot Hills. View to the Cheviot Hills.

View to the Cheviot Hills.

 

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 to Roseden from Roseden Edge.
The track to Roseden from Roseden Edge.

Hedgehope seen from Roseden Edge.
Hedgehope seen from Roseden Edge.

 

The track which is now just a path goes downhill towards a gate, after which it becomes a track again.

The track to Roseden - in the distance is Bewick Moor. The track to Roseden - in the distance is Bewick Moor.

The track to Roseden - in the distance is Bewick Moor.

 

The track to Roseden.
The track to Roseden.

Roseden.
Roseden.

 

After a short while you will reach Roseden where there is a Farm Shop selling local produce.

Roseden Farm.

 

Walk past the farm and turn right to follow the road towards Roddam.

View across the valley to Bewick Moor.
View across the valley to Bewick Moor.

Road between Roseden and Roddam.
Road between Roseden and Roddam.

 

The road crosses Roddam Burn again after which you will soon reach the starting point, depending upon where you parked.

Road between Roseden and Roddam. Road between Roseden and Roddam.
Road between Roseden and Roddam. Road between Roseden and Roddam.

Views along the road between Roseden and Roddam.

Notes

Walking Gear:

- Good walking boots advised.

- Waterproof clothing strongly advisable as the weather can change very quickly here.

 

Food and drink advisable.

Maps - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet no. 75 - Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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