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Great Wanney Crag Circular Walk

Introduction

Great Wanney Crag is just to the north of Sweethope Loughs, both of which are clearly marked on O.S. Maps.

This walk starts at the entrance to the forest on the road from Knowesgate (A696) to Ridsdale (A68) near where the Risey Burn crosses the road. The burn is clearly marked on O.S. Maps. There is not much parking space.

The walk is through sheltered forest until you reach the crags and is then very exposed to winds from all directions. Views are spectacular in all directions from the crags.

Total distance is just under 3 miles.

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Great Wanney Crag
Great Wanney Crag.

View from Great Wanney Crag.
View from Great Wanney Crag.

Walk

Pass through the gate onto the forest track (not a right of way but walkers allowed access).

Follow the track through the forest, after awhile you will reach a recently cleared section.

View back to the starting point.
View back to the starting point.

Forest Track.
Forest Track approaching cleared area.

 

Some crags will come into view but these are not Great Wanney Crag.

Look out for the many clumps of fluffy seed heads of Bog Cotton plants, depending on the time of year. (Late spring when we visited.)

Bog Cotton. Bog Cotton.
Bog Cotton.

 

Continue along the track, looking out for a footpath to the left which is marked on the O.S. Map, just before reaching Aid Moss.

Turn off the forest track onto the footpath which slightly doubles back from the track and goes into a firebreak into the forest. Firebreaks are usually damp and murky, this one is no different.

View back along the track.
View back along the track.

Crags seen from the track are not Great Wanney.
Crags seen from the track are not Great Wanney.

 

After a while the path emerges from the forest into a heather moor with Great Wanney Crags straight ahead.

You will then see rock climbers here as it is a popular place.

Great Wanney Crag. Great Wanney Crag.
Great Wanney Crag. Great Wanney Crag.
Some views of Great Wanney Crag.

 

Head to the west end of the crags.

West end of the crags.
At the bottom of the west end of the crags.

 

As you proceed the path will become unclear and the heather and bracken deeper. You have to pick your way through it to the top but a solitary tree on the ridge makes a good marker and we managed to get up to it. Note this will be very wet after rain so gaiters may be advisable. Fine views west greet you here though.

Gaining height through the heather. Gaining height through the heather.
Gaining height through the heather.

 

The lone tree makes a marker to which we headed. The lone tree makes a marker to which we headed.
The lone tree makes a marker to which we headed.

 

At the ridge turn left and walk east to the top of the crags.

The views from the top of these crags are some of the best in Northumberland and you can see for many miles in all directions.

To the west is the North Tyne Valley and Kielder Forest.

Almost on the top.
Almost on the top.

View west to the North Tyne Valley.
View west to the North Tyne Valley.

 

View along the top of the crags. View along the top of the crags.
View along the top of the crags.

 

To the north are Woodburn and Raylees Commons.

View north from the top of the crags. View north from the top of the crags.
View north from the top of the crags.

 

The view down over the edge of the crags is also spectacular if you have a head for heights, but care is needed here.

View down from the edge of the crags. View down from the edge of the crags.
View down from the edge of the crags.

 

Walk along the top of the crags to the east end where the path will start to lose height quickly.

Walking to the east end of the crags. Walking to the east end of the crags.
Walking to the east end of the crags.

 

To the east is Ray Fell and beyond to the north east Harwood Forest can be seen.

View east to ray Fell and beyond. View east to ray Fell and beyond.
View east to ray Fell and beyond.

 

To the south you will see Sweethope Loughs, source of the River Wansbeck.

View south to Sweethope Loughs. View south to Sweethope Loughs.
View south to Sweethope Loughs.

 

You will see the path ahead which comes from Sweethope Loughs.

Join this path and turn left, down from the crags.

Path down from the east end of the crags. Path down from the east end of the crags.
Path down from the east end of the crags.

 

Follow the path across open moorland, turning back for fine views of the crags. Climbers will look like brightly coloured ants from here!

Climbers at the top of the crags. Climbers at the top of the crags.
Climbers at the top of the crags.
The path back to the forest. The path back to the forest.
On the path back to the forest.

 

View back to the crags from the forest. View back to the crags from the forest.
View back to the crags from the forest.

 

The path soon enters the forest and after a short while emerges at the track where you started.

Turn right here and it is a short distance back to the road.

Forest firebreak.
Forest firebreak.

View from the track back to the start.
View from the track back to the start.

Notes

Walking Gear:

- Good walking boots essential.

- Waterproof clothing advisable depending on the weather forecast.


Food and drink advisable.

Maps - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet no. 80 - Cheviot Hills & Kielder Forest Area.

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